1926 Music – Pop Standards and Artists

1926 Pop Standards and Artists

Al Jolson
I’m Sittin on Top Of The World
I’m Sitting On Top Of The World was written by Ray Henderson, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young. It was a 1925 hit for Al Jolson but went on to be recorded by many others including Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Brenda Lee and Willie Nelson.

Al Jolson
When the Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along
“When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along)” is a 1926 popular song written by songwriter Harry M. Woods. The song was an instant hit for, Al Jolson, reached #1 on the Billboard charts with his version of the song although other performers recorded it the same year. The song would go on to be recorded by Doris Day and Dean Martin. The song would appear as children’s song issued by The Peter Pan Record label.

Gene Austin
Bye Bye Blackbird
Bye, Bye, Blackbird” is a song that was published in 1926 by the composer Ray Henderson and lyricist Mort Dixon. It is a popular standard and has been recorded by many artists including John Coltrane, Bing Crosby, Joe Cocker and most recently in 2012 by Paul Mccartney. Liza Minelli used the song in her 1972 television concert entitled Liza With A Z (See video). In an episode of The Partridge Family the song was sung by Ray Bolger, who played Shirley Jones Father.

Gene Austin
Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Gal)

The song’s title is usually known as Has Anybody Seen My Gal. And it’s origins are not quite known. The song was originally out around 1914 and more than one person took credit for its composition. When the song became a hit in 1926 it’s music and words were changed a bit by Ray Henderson,(music) Sam M. Lewis and Joseph Widow Young (lyrics). This version of the song would be the one to endure.

George Olson
“Always” was written by Irving Berlin in 1926. It was a wedding gift for bride Ellin McKay whom he married the same year. Not only was the song for her, but he also gave her the royalties too. This song would truly go on to be a pop standard and has been recorded by Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and most recently by Sir Paul McCartney in 2012. Frank Sinatra sang the song during the celebration of Berlin’s one-hundredth birthday in 1988. Berlin would die the following year.

Whispering Jack Smith
Baby Face
The music was written by Harry Akst, the lyrics by Benny Davis. It was recorded by numerous artists over the years such as Little Richard and Paul McCartney. The song was also sung by Julie Andrews in the 1967 movie musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Whispering Jack Smith
Gimme a Little Kiss Will Ya Huh
The song was written and composed by Maceo Pinkard. Pinkard was born in 1897 and was considered one of the greatest composers of the Harlem Renaissance. Not only was he a prolific songwriter he also was an orchestra conductor and eventually founded his own music publishing frim Maceo Pinkard Music.

Paul Whiteman
Birth of the Blues
The music was written by Ray Henderson, the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. It was Introduced by Paul Whiteman in 1926. The song would have a long history and would be a hit for Frank Sinatra. Bing Crosby would star in a movie inspired by the song title.

Vincent Lopez
Show Me The Way To Go Home
The piece is a folk song that was made famous by James Campbell and Reginald Connelly, a British songwriting team who wrote the lyrics after a railroad trip where they had had a few drinks. The song soon traveled across the Atlantic and became a hit in 1926. The song has been used in movies and TV and theater, as an example in Tennessee Williams Cat on A Hot Tin Roof. And was used recently in an episode of The Family Guy.

Top Artists and Songs of 1926

Al Jolson
I’m Sitting On Top Of The World
When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin’ Along
Ben Bernie
Reaching For The Moon
Sleepy Time Gal
Ben Selvin
Bessie Smith
Lost Your Head Blues
Blind Blake
Come On Boys Let’s Do That Messin’ Around
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Long Lonesome Blues
Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike)
Duke Ellington
Birmingham Breakdown
East St Louis Tootle-oo
Ernst Hare and Billy Jones
That Certain Party
Fred Astaire and George Gershwin
Fascinating Rhythm
Gene Austin
Bye Bye Blackbird
Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue
Ya Gotta Know How To Love
George Olson
Gertrude Lawrence
Do, Do, Do
Henry Hall and his Orchestra
Bird Song at Eventide
Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers
Turkey In De Straw
Ipana Troubadors
Baby Face
Irving Kaufman
Tonight You Belong To Me
Isham Jones
I Lost My Heart in Monterey (When I Found You)

Whispering Jack Smith
Baby Face
Gimme A Little Kiss Will Ya Huh

Jan Garber
Baby Face
Jelly Roll Morton
Black Bottom Stomp
Sidewalk Blues
Wolverine Blues
Johnny Marvin
Breezin’ Along With the Breeze
Lewis James
Am I Wasting My Time On You?
Louis Armstrong
Big Butter and Egg man
Heebie Jeebies
Muskrat Ramble
Nick Lucas
Sleepy Time Gal
Paul Whiteman
The Birth of the Blues
Pedro Celestino
Ava Maria
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra
I’ve Found A New Baby
The Kentucky Serenaders
Black Bottom
The Revelers
Lucky Day
The Birth of the Blues
Vernon Dalhart
Miami Storm
Vincent Lopez
Show Me The Way To Go Home