Vincent Lopez I Want To Be Happy
The song was written for the 1925 musical No No Nannette and
is one of the most remembered pieces from the show. It was
recorded first by Carl Fenton but hit the charts with the
Vincent Lopez recording. The song would go onto be recorded
by orchestra leader great Benny Goodman and crooner, Bing
Ben Bernie Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Georgia Brown is both a jazz and pop tune standard
it was originally written in 1925 by Maceo (music) and Ben
Bernie (lyrics). Ben Bernie would be the first to record it
along with his Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra on March 19th. The
song would stay at #1 for five weeks. The song would go on
to be recorded by Ray Charles, Nancy Sinatra and Roberta Flack.
Dixie Carter did a hysterical version in an episode of Designing
Women. But the song is most widely known as the theme song
for basketball's Harlem Globetrotters. See Video above.
Ben Selvin Manhattan
Manhattan was written by the song writing team of Richard
Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and would endure as one of their most
popular songs. The song was originally written for the Garrick
Gaieties Revue in 1925 and was song by Sterling Halloway who
would later become the original voice of Walt Disney's Winnie
Manhattan would long endure and be recorded by such artist
as Mickey Rooney, Rod Stewart, and Bette Midler. It was recently
recorded by John Barrowman Doctor Who's and Torchwood's Captain
Blossom Sealey Yes sir that's my baby
Music by Walter Donaldson and lyrics by Gus Kahn, the song
has a fascinating story about it's composition, which may
or may not be true. The story is reprinted here from Wikipedia.
According to one source, the song was written when Donaldson
& Kahn were visiting Eddie Cantor. Cantor's daughter Marjorie
brought out one of her favorite toys, a walking mechanical
pig. She wound it up and it started walking in rhythm while
2 notes kept coming from the little creature. Kahn was inspired
and started working lyrics to these notes in rhythm with the
pig, coming up with the title and opening line of the chorus
in short order. The song been recorded in many different styles
such as Jazz, Rock, Marimba and Country.
Eddie Cantor If You knew Susie
"If You Knew Susie"written by Buddy DeSylva and
Joseph Meyer. The song written in 1925 was Cantor's best known
hit from the 1920's. It stayed as the United Sates Number
One song for 5 weeks.
John McCormack Moonlight and Roses
Moonlight and Roses originally had no title at all but was
simply known as op. 83 #2 when it was first written by 1888
by Edwin Lemare. Lemare did not attach any words to the song
either. It was in 1921 that American Songwriters Ben Black
and Neil Moret added words to the music without permission.
Lamare, who was still alive threatened legal action in 1925
and received a share of the royalties. Lamaer originally received
3 shillings in 1892 for his composition in 1925 he finally
received good money for his work.
Marion Anderson Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
This song is actually a spiritual or a worship song. Though
originally sung and on the charts by Maion Anderson, the best
known version is probably the one recorded by Louis Armstrong.
The song has been used many times both in TV and Films the
interesting point here is it has been used mostly in comedies
and children's entertainment.
Marion Harris Tea For Two
Tea for Two was another memorable hit from the musical No
No Nannette. It is a simple song and easy to remember and
whistle. Recorded several times, by many different artists.
The name of the song was used as a title for the 1950 movie
musical which was a reworking of the original Broadway show
and starred Doris Day. The song has been recorded by Tommy
Dorsey, Liberace, and was used many times on the popular Television
show The Lawrence Welk Show.
Paul Whiteman Charleston
Charleston is a song that was created to go specifically
with the Charleston dance which was all the rage in the 1920s.
It was originally performed by Paul Whiteman and popular on
both sides of the Atlantic. One memorable movie that used
the song was It's A Wonderful Life as Jimmy Stewart and Donna
Reed dance themselves into the school swimming pool.
See above video.
Paul Whiteman Lady Be Good
Lady be Good was the title song of a Broadway show that debuted
in 1924. The song was written by Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson,
and the Gershwin brothers. The song was sung in the show by
Walter Catlett, but the shows stars were Fred and Adele Astaire.
Fred would later to go on to become a movie legend. Eventually
the song would be recorded by Astaire as well as the likes
of Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald.
Top Artists and Songs of 1925
Al Jolson All Alone
Ben Bernie Sweet Georgia Brown
Ben Selvin Manhattan
Bennie Moten's Kansas City
Berthe Sylva Les Roses Blanches
Bessie Smith Careless Love Blues
I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle
I Ain't Got Nobody
St Louis Blues
Blosson Seeley Alabamy Bound
Yes Sir! That's My Baby
Carl Fenton Alone At Last
Charlie Poole Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) Paddlin' Madelin' Home
Cyril Norman When Sergeant Major's On Parade
Eddie Cantor If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)
Ernest Van Stoneman The Titanic
Ethel Waters Dinah
Fiddlin' John Carson Old Dan Tucker
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Collegiate
Gene Austin Yes Sir! That's My Baby
Harry Lauder Keep Right on to the End of The Road
Jones and Ray Miller I'll See You In My Dreams
Isham Jones Manhattan
John McCormack All Alone
Moonlight and Roses
When You & I Were Sweet Seventeen
Ma Rainey Jealous Hearted Blues
See See Rider Blues
Marian Anderson Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Marion Harris Tea For Two (Cha Cha)
When You and I Were Sixteen
Paul Robeson Steal Away
Paul Whiteman All Alone
Honey I'm In Love With you
Oh Lady Be Good
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra O! Katharina
Vernon Dalhart The Letter Edged in Black
The Prisoner's Song
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