1910 selected standards and hits + If I Was a Millionaire



Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Leo Friedman, Beth Slater Whitson)
Some of These Days (Shelton Brooks)
Come Josephine in My Flying Machine (Fred Fisher*, Alfred Bryan)
Any Little Girl, That’s a Nice Little Girl, Is the Right Little Girl for Me (m. Fred Fisher*, w. Thomas J. Gray)
Down By the Old Mill Stream (Tell Taylor)
If I Was a Millionaire (m. Gus Edwards, w. Will D. Cobb)

See also



Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Leo Friedman, Beth Slater Whitson) — originally recorded by the Peerless Quartet

I am dreaming, dear, of you, day by day
Dreaming when the skies are blue, when they’re gray
When the silv’ry moonlight gleams, still I wander on in dreams
In a land of love, it seems, just with you

Let me call you Sweetheart, I’m in love with you
Let me hear you whisper that you love me too
Keep the love-light glowing in your eyes so true
Let me call you Sweetheart, I’m in love with you

The Shannon Quartet – 1926


Red MacKenzie and his Mound City Blue Blowers, featuring Emma Perkins — from the 1929 short film The Opry House

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Bing Crosby – 1934


Patti Page – undated


The Mills Brothers – 1959 (It’s the first song of four*)


Some of These Days (Shelton Brooks) — published in 1910

Friom Wikipedia:

Some of These Days-Shelton Brooks-1“Some of These Days”became a signature song for Sophie Tucker, who made the first of her several recordings of it in 1911. Ted Lewis and his band backed Sophie Tucker on her classic, million-selling 1926 recording that stayed in the #1 position on the charts for five weeks beginning November 23, 1926, and re-affirmed her lasting association with the song.[1]

The song has been recorded many other artists, including notable versions by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Sue Raney, Andrew Bird, Elkie Brooks, Judy Garland and Serena Ryder.


The American Quartet with Billy Murray 1911



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Sophie Tucker with Ted Lewis and his Band – 1926 


Sophie Tucker – recorded September 2 September 1927 – Accompanied by Ted Shapiro, piano and unknown musicians


Bing Crosby – 1932


Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France- Sep 1935 – Stephane Grappelly (v), Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, PierreFerret (g), Louis Vola (b)


Leon Redbone – on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny mentions his current album, Sugar, which dates this appearance 1990 or ’91. The song is not on that album however. Accompanying Redbone is the esteemed jazz clarinetist Bobby Gordon.


The Sant Andreu Jazz Band with Ignasi Terrassa, Pepe Robles and Sergi Vergés (band’s Youtube link: santandreujazzband) — recorded on 21 June 2009 at the Hotel Casa Fuster, Barcelona

excerpt from the description of an earlier video:

The SANT ANDREU JAZZ BAND is a dream come true. It is the result of sharing my passion for jazz with its members (most of whom are between 10 and 16 years old), of believing that they can do as well or better than me, of feeling like the most advanced student rather than the teacher, and of not putting limits on their abilities. Last year, the band performed various concerts in prestigious Catalan jazz festivals and clubs, and received very good reviews from the audiences. – Joan Chamorro


The Sant Andreu Jazz Band — published on 14 January 2010


Come Josephine in My Flying Machine (Fred Fisher, Alfred Bryan)

Wikipedia excerpts:

1910-come-josephineThe song was originally recorded by Blanche Ring in 1910 and was, for a while, her signature song. It was then recorded as a duet by Ada Jones and Billy Murray in November 1910 and the record released in 1911.

Written in the early days of the airplane, the song tells of a young man courting his gal by “flying machine”. The light-hearted song expresses the technological optimism of the era. The lyrics even have the couple saying “Whoa, dear! Don’t hit the Moon!” “No, dear… Not yet, but soon!”

It is featured in the 1997 movie, Titanic. Jack sings the lines “Come Josephine, In my flying machine, Going up she goes, Up she goes” to Rose while they are on the bow of the ship in the “I’m flying” scene. Rose is shown singing this song to herself later in the film when she is waiting to be rescued from the ocean.

Blanche Ring, 1910


Ada Jones & Billy Murray, 1911 (1913 reissue)


Any Little Girl, That’s a Nice Little Girl, Is the Right Little Girl for Me (m. Fred Fisher*, w. Thomas J. Gray)

From Wikipedia:

Fisher was born in Cologne, Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 1900. His first hit was “If the Man In the Moon Were a Coon”, in 1906. The song combined two then-popular song themes, Moon songs and Coon songs. On a number of his songs, he collaborated with Alfred Bryan.

About the song Wikipedia says:

Although largely forgotten today (like many popular songs of the era), a 1911 recording of the song by Billy Murray on Zon-O-Phone Records can be downloaded at several websites, as the recording has entered the public domain. It was also featured in a Max Fleischer “Follow the Bouncing Ball” sing-a-long animated cartoon in the early 1930s.

Walter Van Brunt – 1910


Ada Jones and male chorus. This is probably incomplete as Jones only sings a couple of lines, yet she is evidently the featured vocalist.The chorus sounds like The American Quartet featuring Billy Murray.


Animated 1931 Betty Boop short Any Little Girl, That’s a Nice Little Girl


1910 Down By the Old Mill Stream (Tell Taylor) inset Mildred Hawley-1a-hx6

Down By the Old Mill Stream (Tell Taylor)

From Wikipedia:

The song was written in 1908 while Taylor was sitting on the banks of the Blanchard River in Northwest Ohio. Reportedly, Taylor’s friends convinced him not to publish the song believing it was not of commercial value. Two years later, Taylor did publish it in 1910 and introduced the song to the public with performances by the vaudeville quartet The Orpheus Comedy Four. While the group sang the song at a Woolworth store in Kansas City, the song became so popular with customers, they sold out all 1,000 copies of its sheet music Taylor had with him. Since then over 4 million copies of the song’s sheet music has been sold and it has been a staple for barbershop quartets.[2][3][4]

Standard Male Quartet – recorded 15 June 1911

The video provider identifies the recording as follows:

United Record A1047 recorded 6/15/1911, recorded by Columbia on their same matrix number. This is most likely the Columbia Quartet, later known as the Peerless Quartet.


Harry Macdonough – 1911


1910 If I Was a Millionaire-Gus Edwards-sheet music-1a

If I Was a Millionaire (m. Gus Edwards, w. Will D. Cobb)

Bing Crosby — in the 1939 film The Starmaker, about the life of Gus Edwards


Dean Martin — date unknown


* From the Fred Fisher Wikipedia page:

Fisher was born as Alfred Breitenbach in Cologne. His parents were Max and Theodora Breitenbach. After visiting the United States in 1892, he immigrated in 1900, where he adopted the name Fred Fischer. He founded the Fred Fischer Music Publishing Company in 1907. During World War I he changed his surname to Fisher to make it seem less Germanic.[1]



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