Al Jolson My Mammy
Music by Walter Donaldson and lyrics by Joe Young, this song
was one of Al Jolson's most popular recordings and one that
he would be remembered for, as he would film it three times.
First in 1927s The Jazz Singer, second in 1928s, The Singing
Fool and third in 1939 in a film entitled The Rose of Washington
Curiously it was not Jolson who originally introduced the
song. It was William Frawley of TVs I love Lucy who first
sang it in a Vaudeville style act. Jolson heard the song and
made it his own.
Al Jolson Sonny Boy
The song was written by Ray Henderson, Bud De Sylva, and Lew
Brown, and sung by Al Jolson in 1928's The Singing Fool. The
song would hit number one and stay there for 12 weeks. The
recording Jolson made would make the million copies sold mark.
Sonny Boy would become a hit for Eddie Fisher in the 1950s
and would be used and referred to often in television show
Queer As Folk.
Bertult Brecht Mack The Knife
Composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for
the musical The Three Penny Opera. The show was originally
performed in Germany, but the song made it to The United States.
When the show itself made its appearance in U.S. it had a
very short run in 1933, only to be resurrected in 1956 where
it played off Broadway for over six years.
Mack The Knife would hit the charts on both the United Sates
and The United Kingdom when Bobby Darin Recorded it in 1959.
Others to record the song would be Louis Armstrong and Jerry
Orbach, best known as Lt Lenny Briscoe in TVs long running
Law and Order.
Cliff Edwards I can't Give You Anything But Love
Jimmy McHugh (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics) This song
origins are actually a bit obscured. There is some evidence
to suggest that Fats Waller wrote the music and sold it to
Mchugh. But whatever it's beginning, the song would be recorded
again and again by such artists as Judy Garland and Doris
Bing Crosby Ol' Man River
This song had been around for a year before it became popular
in 1928. It was part of the Musical Show Boat which debuted
in 1927 and had many firsts including being the first Broadway
Show to allow white and black people onstage together. One
of the most important things about this 1928 recording is
that it put Bing Crosby on the charts for the first time.
Crosby would go on to become a recording, movie and TV star.
Ol' Man River was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.
George Metaxa Sweet Sue Just You
This song as originally recorded in 1928 was played sweetly.
With music by Victor Young and lyrics by Will J Harris, the
song would become more popular in the mid 1930s when the song
would be played in more of a swing style. The song was recorded
many times by artists like Bing Crosby. It was used to prove
Lucy Ricardo's inability to sing in the I Love Lucy episode
Breaking The Lease.
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream
These days the song is remembered more for it's title than
any other reason. The song was written by Howard Johnson,
Billy Moll, and Robert A. K. King. The title, at least, has
been used in TV shows as different as The Two Fat Ladies and
Helen Kane I Wanna Be Loved By You
Written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, with lyrics by
Bert Kalmar, for the 1928 musical "Good Boy". The
song became a hit when recorded by Helen Kane who would go
on to be known as the Boop-Boop-a-Doop Girl. Miss Kane would
be the inspiration for the cartoon character Betty Boop. The
song has remained a standard and may best be remembered as
sung by Marilyn Munroe in the movie Some Like It Hot
Marion Harris The Man I Love
This song was originally written for the musical Lady Be Good,
by George and Ira Gershwin and entitled The Girl I love. The
song was cut from the show. It would be later rewritten as
The Man I Love and then cut from the 1927 anti war musical
Strike Up The Band. Florenz Ziegfeld would also try to use
it in his show Rosalie and for a third time the song would
be cut. It became popular as an independent song and would
be recorded often. The song was used most recently in an episode
of Agatha Christie's Marple called At Bertram's Hotel.
Nat Shikret The Sidewalks of New York
"The Sidewalks of New York" is a song about life
in New York City during the 1890s. It was created by lyricist
James W. Blake and vaudeville actor and composer Charles B.
Lawlor in 1894. The song is also known by the title East Side
West Side. The song became a popular recording in 1928 but
would go on to be recorded by Mel Torme, Duke Ellington and
The Grateful Dead.
Top Artists and Songs of
There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
Mack The Knife
Empty Bed Blues
Ol' Man River
Blind Willie McTell
I Can't Give You Anything But Love (dear)
Just Like A Melody Out Of The Sky
Is She My Girl Friend?
Black and Tan Fantasy
Creole Love Call
Earl Burtnett and his Los Angelos Biltmore
Sweet Sue, Just You
Emmitt Miller and his Georgia Crackers
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Ice Cream
Laugh Clown Laugh!
Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time)
My Melocholy Baby
Sweet Sue, Just You
Harold Collins and his Orchestra
I Wanna Be Loved By You
That's My Weakness Now
In The Jailhouse Now
T for Texas (Blue Yodel Number 1)
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
West End Blues
The Man I Love
Mississippi John Hurt
The Sidewalks of New York
Ol' Man River
Among My Souvenirs
Love Me Or Leave Me
The Song is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On)
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra
Is Everybody Happy Now?
The Carter Family
Keep On The Sunny Side
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