Bert Ambrose and his Mayfair Orchestra: nine “I’m” songs 1928-1940
Bert Ambrose and his Mayfair Hotel Orchestra
I’m Riding To Glory (m. Harry M. Woods, w. Mort Dixon)
Among the earliest recordings of the song are found variants of the title, including I’m Riding To Glory (with a Glorious Girl) and (according to redhotjazz.com and numerous other sites) in the version by Leroy Smith & His Orchestra, “with a Glorious Blues.” The Smith recording is an instrumental, possibly recorded before lyrics were added.
Ambrose recording, 1928 — no explanation by the provider for the photo of Cole Porter
I’m on a Diet of Love (m. Abel Baer, w. L. Wolfe Gilbert) from the film Happy Days (1929) – Ambrose recording, vocal: Sam Browne, 1930
I’m in the Market for You (m. James F. Hanley, w. Joseph McCarthy) was featured in the film High Society Blues (1930) where it was sung by Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.
Ambrose recording with vocal by Sam Browne, 1930
I’m Just Wearing Out My Heart for You (Layton-Keyes) – Ambrose recording, vocal: Sam Browne, 1931
I’m Through With Love (w.m. Matty Malneck, Gus Kahn, Fud Livingston) published 1931
Ambrose recording, vocals: Sam Browne and Ella Logan, 1931
I’m Gonna Wash My Hands of You (m. Franz Vienna, w. Eddie Pola)
- Ambrose recording, vocals: Sam Browne and Elsie Carlisle, 1934. The lyrics include such heartwarming and timeless lines as
Me, a double crosser?
What about that blonde of yours?
Fanny something or other…that’s her name.
I always see you with your Fanny…don’t I?
- Close harmony vocal group The Radio Three in a British Pathé short (incomplete), issue date: 18 April 1935. The lyrics, different than those in the Ambrose recording, include the lovely couplet
I’m gonna cross you off my list
I’d like to give your neck a twist
I’m presently unable to get the British Pathé player to function on this site. You may view the video at the source by clicking on the link above, or here.
(above) Al Hirschfield caricatures of some of the stars of Casino Varieties, a vaudeville-like variety show which opened on Broadway in 1934 at the Casino Theatre. Included in the illustration are the Ritz Brothers, emcee Georgie Jessel, and Gertrude Niesen.
I’m All In (m. Louis Alter, w. Arthur Swanstrom) was introduced in the 1934 Broadway show Casino Varieties. Among other songs in the show was If Love Makes You Give Up Steak and Potatoes, Then I Don’t Want Love (w.m. Louis Alter and Lew Brown).
Ambrose and his Orchestra performed I’m All In in the 1936 film Soft Lights and Sweet Music, with vocal by Evelyn Dall. It’s not clear whether this is from the film soundtrack or a separate recording.
I’m in Love for the Last Time (Hughie Charles, Ross Parker)
vocal: Vera Lynn, year unknown
I’m Stepping Out With a Memory Tonight (m. Allie Wrubel, w. Herb Magidson)
vocal: Anne Shelton, 1940