Issa El Saieh and his Orchestra perform "Choucoune" (Michael Mauleart Monton - Oswald Durand). Choukoun is an 1883 poem by Haitian poet and politician Oswald Durand composed for a woman who was given the nickname. It was rewritten later as "Yellow Bird" based on the written words "ti zwazo" or "petit oiseau" which is French for "little bird".
The Norman Luboff Choir gave the first English version in 1957 on the album "Calypso Holiday" featuring the English lyric by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. There is little or no connection to the Oswald Durand poem.
The Mills Brothers (John, Herbert, Harry and Donald Mills), entered the Billboard top one hundred with their vocal version of "Yellow Bird" (N. Luboff - M. Keith - A. Bergman) in 1959.
In 1961 "The King of Lounge Music" The Arthur Lyman Group (Arthur Lyman, Alan Soares - Archie Grant and Harold Chang) hit number three with the instrumental of "Yellow Bird" (Alan Bergman - Marilyn Keith - Norman Luboff). Vibraphonist, guitarist, pianist and drummer Arthur once played with Martin Denny. The Arthur Lyman releases were recorded after midnight when traffic and tourists sounds were avoided at the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel in Honolulu. There was no overdubbing.