Emile Ford and the Checkmates: What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?


A contender for World’s Longest Pop Song Title, this was written by Joseph McCarthy, Howard Johnson and James V Monaco for the 1916 Broadway production Follow Me. It was a hit for Ada Jones and Billy Murray in 1917.

It was released in 1959 by Emile Ford and the Checkmates as the B-side of their single Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles. It became the more popular side and topped the charts for six weeks over Christmas and New Year of 1959/60. The song was co-produced by Ford and Joe Meek.

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