Shoo-Gah (My Pretty Sugar)

Composer Carlos Gedarro
Lyricists (German) Andre Hoff
Lyricists (English) Ervin Drake, Jimmy Shirl
Year Written 1954
About Shoo-Gah
This song is a bit of an enigma, though it seems to have been originally published in Germany as “Auf Jamaika Schenken Abends Die Matrosen,” which translates, roughly, to something about sailors in bars at night in Jamaica. How this all turned into “My Pretty Shoo-gah” is up in the air. In the German, it was recorded by the Willy Berking Orechster with vocals by Werner Dies. Well, the English version sounds kind of Jamaican.



Session / Album Information


“Shoo-Gah” was recorded on September 24, 1954 and released that year as a single.

Shoo-Gah (My Pretty Sugar)

Listen to Shoo-Gah (My Pretty Sugar) on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 2011.

This recording released on:

  • 1954: Columbia 78: 40376
  • 1954: Columbia 45: 4-40376
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2011: Disc #5 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK5) The Columbia Singles, Volume 3

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