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The Most Popular Song Hits And Performers Of 1926

   

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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 childrens 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
"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, he 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 artrists over the years such as Little Richard and Paul MCCartney. The song was also song 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 song writer 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 Corsby 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 song writing team who wrote the lyrics after a rail road 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 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
Buy It! Al Jolson
I'm Sitting On Top Of The World
When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along
Buy It! Ben Bernie
Reaching For The Moon
Sleepy Time Gal
Buy It! Ben Selvin
Valencia
Buy It! Bessie Smith
Lost Your Head Blues
Buy It! Blind Blake
Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around
Buy It! Blind Lemon Jefferson
Long Lonesome Blues
Buy It! Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike)
Dinah
Buy It! Duke Ellington
Birmingham Breakdown
East St Louis Tootle-oo
Buy It! Ernst Hare and Billy Jones
That Certain Party
Buy It! Fred Astaire and George Gershwin
Fascinating Rhythm
Buy It! Gene Austin
Bye Bye Blackbird
Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue
Ya Gotta Know How To Love
Buy It! George Olson
Always
Horses
Sunny
Who?
Buy It! Gertrude Lawrence
Do, Do, Do
Buy It! Henry Hall and his Orchestra
Bird Song at Eventide
Buy It! Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers
Turkey In De Straw
Buy It! Ipana Troubadors
Baby Face
Buy It! Irving Kaufman
Tonight You Belong To Me
Buy It! Isham Jones
I Lost My Heart in Monterey (When I Found You)
Buy It!

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

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

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