Rosie the Riveter appears to have come first in song, not in art.  In 1942, a song titled “Rosie the Riveter” was written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb and was issued by Paramount Music Corp. of New York.  The song was released in early 1943 and was played on the radio and broadcast nationally. It was also performed by various artists with popular band leaders of that day. The song became quite popular, particularly one version recorded by the Four Vagabonds, an African-American group — a version that caught on and rose on the Hit Parade.  It seems likely that Saturday Evening Post artist Norman Rockwell heard this song, and possibly was influenced by it, especially since he wrote the name “Rosie” on the lunch box in his painting.

 

While other girls attend their fav’rite cocktail bar

Sipping Martinis, munching caviar

There’s a girl who’s really putting them to shame

Rosie is her name

All the day long whether rain or shine

She’s a part of the assembly line

She’s making history,

working for victory

Rosie the Riveter

Keeps a sharp lookout for sabotage

Sitting up there on the fuselage

That little frail can do more than a male will do

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie’s got a boyfriend, Charlie

Charlie, he’s a Marine

Rosie is protecting Charlie

Working overtime on the riveting machine

When they gave her a production “E”

She was as proud as a girl could be

There’s something true about

Red, white and blue about

Rosie the Riveter

Everyone stops to admire the scene

Rosie at work on the B-Nineteen

She’s never twittery, nervous or jittery

Rosie the Riveter

What if she’s smeared full of oil and grease

Doing her bit for the old Lendlease

She keeps the gang around

They love to hang around

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie buys a lot of war bonds

That girl really has sense

Wishes she could purchase more bonds

Putting all her cash into national defense

Senator Jones who is “in the know”

Shouted these words on the radio

Berlin will hear about

Moscow will cheer about

Rosie the Riveter!

Paramount Music Corp., NY, 1942.