1916: some additional popular songs


Naughty! Naughty! Naughty! (m. Nat Vincent, w. Joe Goodwin & William Tracey) was introduced in a revue called The Show of Wonders, a J.J. Shubert production with book by Harold Atteridge; music by Sigmund Romberg, Otto Motzan and Herman Timberg;  and lyrics by Harold Atteridge. It opened 26 Oct 1916 at the Winter Garden Theater and closed after 209 performances on 21 Apr 1917 . Note that the sheet music cover at right credits a fourth writer, Claude McKay.

A song published in  1911, with music by Egbert van Alstyne and words by Harry Williams, has the same title, minus the exclamation points.

Piano Roll – Imperial Player Roll Co., Chicago — Roll #58810, played by Lewis H. Juiks, assisted by “W.H.”


Theresa Brewer – 1960


Pretty Baby (m. Tony Jackson & Egbert Van Alstyne, w. Gus Kahn)

Billy Murray – 1916


Victory Military Band – 1916



Walkin’ the Dog (Shelton Brooks)  was written for a revue called The Dancing Follies of 1916; the second video indicates that it was also used that year in the revue Vanity Fair which opened at the Palace Theatre, London on 6th November 1916.

The Six Brown Brothers – 1916


The Top Liner Rag (Joseph F. Lamb)

Manoel Carlos Jr. performs on a digital Yamaha


Brian Holland performing Top Liner Rag at the 2008 Templeton Ragtime and Jazz Festival.


FRehrmann — on an icy day in Baunatal



Don’t Leave Me Daddy (Joe Verges)

Marion Harris – 1916


(Some of the following images need re-editing.)

The Century Girl

Above: Members of the cast of The Century Girl (1916) in costume for the Irving Berlin number “Alice in Wonderland.” The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin , p. 149, names some of the cards: Lilyan Tashman (King of Hearts), Marion Fairbanks (Jack of Diamonds), and Madeleine Fairbanks (Jack of Clubs).

“The Century Girls,” photograph by White Studio

Hazel Dawn, The Century Girl, 1916, signed1916 The Century Girl-Leon Errol and Gertrude Rutland-by White Studios-1a

(above, left) Hazel Dawn; (right) Leon Errol and Gertrude Rutland, by White Studios

1916 Century Girl costume sketch by Raphael Kirchner-1a1916-the-century-girl-costume-sketch-by-raphael-kirchner-2a

(above) Two copies of a Raphael Kirchner sketch for The Century Girl

The Chicken Walk (Irving Berlin) from the Broadway revue The Century Girl which opened at the Century Theatre, New York, 6 November, 1916. It closed on 28 April 1917 after 200 performances. I may do a small feature on the revue as there are  a number of photographs of cast members in costume and a few fine illustrations by Raphael Kirchner available. Despite the great length of the show, reportedly lasting four and a half hours on opening night, Berlin hadn’t written many songs for it. In fact IBDb lists only 16 songs in the program, which doesn’t seem excessive. Perhaps it was extended by the time required to prepare elaborate sets and ensembles  between songs.

Victor Herbert, who composed songs for the show with lyrics by Henry Blossom, contributed seven songs, Berlin six, to the production. The three remaining songs were contributed by other songwriters. The Chicken Walk might have been the only song of Berlin’s from the revue recorded. I haven’t found recordings of any of the others songs in the show yet. Will post them if I do.

Irving Kaufman – 1916


The Six Brown Brothers – 1916



(above, right) Ida Adams and chorus performing Oh! How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wacki Woo in the Edwardian musical comedy, Houp La! (photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1916) — Thanks to Footlight Notes for the photo and information.

Oh! How She Could Yacki, Hacki, Wicki, Wacki, Woo (m. Albert Von Tilzer, w. Stanley Murphy & Charles McCarron)

Ida Adams – recorded in London 11 January 1917


Verse 2:
Now listen folks I never knew1916 Oh! How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wacki Woo
What she meant by ‘Wacki Woo’
But I found out and now I know
It’s the same as ‘Ooggy Ooggy Ooh’

In Honolula that means love
And that’s just what I’m thinking of
But I’m not a goin’ to fool her, I’m going to Honolula
To my turtle dove

She had a Hula, Hula, Hicki Boola, Boola in her walk
She had an ukulele wicki wicki waili in her talk
And by the big Hawaiian moon
Beneath a banyan tree we’d spoon
I’ve been tryin’ to learn ‘Hawaiian’
Since that night in June

She had a blinky, blinky, little naughty winky in her eye
She had a ‘Come and kiss me don’t you dare to miss me’ in her sigh
Beneath the banyan parasol
She couldn’t talk my talk at all
But, oh how she could yacki, hacki, wicki, wacki woo
That’s love in Honolu…lu


From the Wikipedia page on Ida Adams:

In 1977, a member of the 1916 Houp La! cast recalled in The Listener:

There was a wonderful American woman named Ida Adams in the cast. She was spectacular! They used to keep some staff on at the bank every night, so that she could put all her jewellery back after the show. Oh, she was glorious![6]

Ida Adams 1-f8


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Doug Capra
    Jun 10, 2017 @ 14:12:00

    I’m trying to find a photo of one of the women in The Century Girl (1916) — Hilda Hirsch. She played the Ten of Hearts; a turtle, one of the foxes, and a schoolgirl. An ideas? I might be able to recognize her from other photos. Are there any more photos of the show that you know of?



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