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“A Bushel and a peck” by perry como

“A Bushel and A Peck” was a popular song from a world-famous musical and a catchy idiom to mean a lot. Without the song “A Bushel and A Peck” we may not have the idiom that is now used between significant others to say “I love you a lot” or “I love you a bushel and a peck”. It is important to keep such a dainty love song alive with covers and different versions for without it we may forget what it means to feel butterflies or to know when you first love someone. Many believe this song came from the musical, Guys and Dolls, however, this is not the case. The song was first recorded by Perry Como and Betty Hutton and then performed by Vivian Blaine in 1950. It was then adapted into the musical Guys and Dolls with Vivian Blaine performing the song as Adelaide in the original production. Ever since “A Bushel and a Peck” is no longer an out of date unit of measurement. It has changed the “corny love game” for the rest of the time. You may hear your parents say to each other “I love you a bushel and a peck” and now know the history of where it came from.

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