The Japanese Sandman
The Japanese Sandman (m. Richard A. Whiting, w. Raymond B. Egan)
Adapted from Wikipedia:
The song is about a sandman from Japan, who exchanges yesterdays for tomorrows. The number has a very Oriental atmosphere, and is similar to many other songs from between the two World Wars which rhapsodize upon a dreamy, exotic setting.
The song was the first recorded by Paul Whiteman, selling over two million copies. Among others to record the song are the orchestras of Benny Goodman, Frankie Trumbauer, Artie Shaw, Earl Hines, and Glenn Miller, as well as The Quintette du Hot Club de France, and The Andrews Sisters.
Excerpts from the “In popular culture” section of the Wikipedia profile (adapted, with corrections):
- The Japanese boxer Harold Hoshino was nicknamed The Japanese Sandman in the 1930s.
- Hoagy Carmichael performed the song on ukulele in the 1952 film Belles on Their Toes.
- Whiteman’s original can also be heard in the film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969) and on The Masked Marauders album from the same year.
Paul Whiteman and his Ambassador Orchestra – 1920
Nora Bayes – 1920
Frankie Trumbauer & his Orchestra — recorded 5 October 1928, NY — Frank Trumbauer, Cm*, as, v, dir / Bix Beiderbecke: c / Charles Margulis: tpt / Bill Rank: tb / Irving “Izzy” Friedman cl, as / Rube Crozier: bar, bsn / Wilbur Hall: g / Lennie Hayton: p / unknown: d / Charles Gaylord, v
*Cm = C-melody sax, bar = baritone sax, bsn = bassoon
Snooks and his Memphis Stompers – 1931
From the allmusic.com bio of Snooks Friedmans by Scott Yanow:
A supportive drummer, Snooks Friedman led Snooks and his Memphis Stompers, a spirited group that recorded 42 titles during 1931-32. Friedman started playing professionally in the summer of 1923 with the Ole Miss Jesters. He picked up experience with the bands of Meyer Davis and Hip Bennett (in Arkansas and Wisconsin respectively), recording with the latter. In 1926 he returned to his hometown and organized the Memphis Stompers. Under that name, Friedman recorded six titles in 1928 in Memphis and two in Camden, New Jersey in 1929. The band, originally a sextet, grew to ten pieces by the time it relocated to New York in late-1928. A flexible group that could play both hot jazz and infectious dance music, it worked at many of the major theatres (including a six-month run at Roseland). In 1931 with the addition of a string quartet, the band started what would be three years at the Paramount Hotel. They also appeared in a few now-obscure Warner Brothers movie shorts and provided background music for some of the Dave and Max Fleischer cartoons. » Read more
Ray Noble and his Orchestra — recorded 4 October 1933
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – recording date unknown
Dicky Wells and his Orchestra, featuring Django Rienhardt
7 July 1937
Bill Coleman (tp)
Dicky Wells (tb, arr, ldr)
Django Reinhardt (g)
Richard Dick Fullbright (b)
Bill Beason (dm)
Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France
21 March 1939 – Paris
Stéphane Grappelli (vln);
Django Reinhardt (g);
Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre “Baro” Ferret (g);
Emmanuel Soudieux (b)
Terry Snyder and the All Stars — from Persuasive Percussion, 1959