You Belong To Me - Written by Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King & Chilton Price (1952)

by Sharon Stewart
(Elizabeth City, NC US)

Redd Stewart

Redd Stewart

Redd Stewart
You Belong To Me (Sheet Music)
Shrek Movie Soundtrack - 'You Belong To Me'
Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys

It was in the early 1950's, about 1951 that Redd and Pee Wee teamed up with Chilton Price, who was a songwriting librarian at WAVE radio in Louisville, KY, where they were working.


One day she came by the studio and handed Pee Wee a brown envelope containing about half a dozen of her songs. She said, "I wish you'd take these songs with you and see what you think of them." Pee Wee said he would be glad to, and put the envelope in his accordion case, and took them home. They stayed there a couple of weeks because he was using another accordion and didn't open up the case with her songs.

When he finally opened it, Redd and Pee Wee took what Chilton had written, did some reshaping of the words, reworked the melody, and in 1952, 'You Belong to Me' became a national hit and sold more than two million records.

A cover version by Jo Stafford became the most popular version. It was Stafford's greatest hit, topping the charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom; the first song by a female singer to top the UK chart.

You Belong To Me (1952)
Co-writers: Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King, Chilton Price
See the pyramids along the nile
Watch the sunrise on a tropic isle
But remember darlin' all the while
You belong to me

See the market place in old Algiers
Send me photographs and souveniers
But remember if a dream appears
You belong to me

I'll be so alone without you
And maybe you'll be lonesome too
And blue

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jumgle when it's wet with rain
But remember til you're home again
You belong to me

I'll be so alone without you
And maybe you'll be lonesome too
And blue

Fly the ocean in a silver plane
See the jungle when it's wet with rain
But remember darlin' til you're home again
You belong to me

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