1921 Music – Pop Standards and Artists

1921 Pop Standards and Artists

Make Believe
Music by Jerome Kern and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II for the Broadway Musical Showboat. The Musical was one of the first musicals to actually use the songs too. This technique will be perfected when Oscar Hammerstein teams with Richard Rodger’s for OKLAHOMA to move the story forward. the musical was extremely controversial as it dealt with interracial marriage and it was also the first racially integrated musical. Previously whites and black performers did not perform on the same stage together. The musical was filmed twice – once in 1936 and again by MGM in 1951.

Al Jolson
April Showers
This was one of Al Jolson’s trademark songs. And was written by Louis Silvers and BG De Silva for a musical called Bomba. The song was used in the Bugs Bunny 1962 short Wet Hare.

Fanny Brice
My Man
My Man (and Funny Girl) are regaining popularity now by Lea Michele as the Character of Rachel Berry in Glee uses Barbara Streisand and Funny Girl as her inspiration for star success.

Marion Harris
Look For The Silver Lining
Written by Jerome kern the song was originally written for the musical Zip, Goes A Million. It was then reused in another musical called Sally where it picked up popularity. The song was also rewritten to be the Anthem for the ILGWU called Look For The Union Label. Recently the song was used in the popular Masterpiece Classic series Downton Abbey.

I Ain’t Got Nobody
The song though popular on its own in the 1920s. It would later become more popular still when paired as a melody with I’m Just a Gigolo. This combination was performed by such artists as Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, and David Lee Roth.

Original Dixie Land Band
St. Louis Blues
Composed by W. C. Handy in 1914. the song was inspired by a melody that Handy Heard while out of work in St. Louis. It also took some inspiration from a woman who inspired him to write “ma man’s got a heart like a rock cast into the sea.” The song has been recorded by many artists from The Original Dixie Land Band to Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder and David Sanborn. At his death in 1958 WC Handy was receiving 25,000 dollars in royalty annually.

Paul Biese Trio and Frank Crumit
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Would later become popular again in the 1932 film “Love Me Tonight” and sung by Maurice Chevalier.
Richard Rodgers would later achieve major successes with Oscar Hammerstein. ( See Make Believe).

Van and Schenk
A’int We Got Fun
Was used as Eric Northman’s ringtone in a 2010 episode of Trueblood. Also used as part of a pivotal point in F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

Top Artists and Songs of 1921

Aileen Stanley
My Mammy
My Man
Al Jolson – Although he usually wore blackface in live performances, he was also known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway
O -H-I-O (O-My-O!)
Ben Selvin
Say It With Music
Benson Orchestra of Chicago
Bimini Bay
Billy Murray & Billy Jones
Down By The O-HI-O
Eddie Cantor
Ethel Waters – in 1949, Ethel was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Pinky.
There’ll Be Some Changes made
Fanny Brice – Her marriage to Nick Arnstein was the basis for the Broadway Musical and Film Funny Girl.
My Man – Signature Song
Second Hand Rose
Frank Crumit
Sweet Lady, All By Myself
Isham Jones
Wabash Blues – Signature Song (#1 for six weeks)
Mamie Smith (May 26, 1883 – September 16, 1946)
What Have I Done
Royal Garden Blues
Marion Harris -” The Queen of the Blues”
Look For The Silver Lining
I’m A Jazz Vampire
I Ain’t Got Nobody – Signature Song
I’m Nobody’s Baby
Beale Street Blues
Nora Bayes – AKA Eleanor Goldberg, was married five times, and adopted three children.
Make Believe
Original Dixieland Jazz Band called themselves the Creators of Jazz because they made some of the earliest jazz recordings, in 1917.
St. Louis Blues
Patrick Waddington
Night May Have Its Sadness
Paul Biese Trio and Frank Crumit
Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra were the most popular band of the 1920s.
Say It With Music
My Mammy
Bright Eyes
Song of India
My Man (Mon Homme)
April Showers
Make Believe
Learn To Smile
Gypsy Blues
Prince’s Orchestra
Deep In Your Eyes
Ted Lewis (June 6, 1890 – August 25, 1971)
All By Myself
Van and Schenck
Ain’t We Got Fun? – Signature Song