The song, "It's Oh So Quiet," is not a kids' song. But wow, can it be. The quiet start, the collective "sshhh, shhhh"-ing and then the scream! It was Betty Hutton who made the song famous back in 1948. Hutton had been a movie star of minor proportions, having performed in the moving pictures Annie Get Your Gun, Let's Dance and the Miracle of Morgan's Creek, among others. She put out records, she was on Broadway, she was even offered her own sitcom from Desilu productions where she starred as "Goldie" an "energetic small town manicurist" who inherits a truckload of cash, but it went nowhere. Bjork does a lovely, and fairly faithful rendition, the main difference being her "screams" are a bit more un-restrained and well, crazy sounding. The Spike Jones-directed video saw Bjork dance for the first time. Both are great versions and both will have the little ones sssh-ing and screaming along.
Betty Hutton, "It's Oh So Quiet"
Bjork, "It's Oh So Quiet"
Watch Bjork's video for the song now.
Buy Bjork's CD Post. Or pick up Betty Huttton's Best of the RCA Years.