April Showers


April Showers (m. Louis Silvers, w. B. G. “Buddy” DeSylva) — introduced by Al Jolson in the 1921 musical Bombo

Early recordings not featured below, according to 78discography.com, include:

  • Golden Gate Orchestra — recorded on 21 April 1921; issued on Regal 9165, c/w “The Sun Will Soon Be Shining” recorded by Joseph Knecht’s Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
  • Nicholas Orlando’s Orchestra — recorded on 4 November 1921; issued on Pathe 20664, c/w “Sal-o-may (Salome)”
  • Metropolitan Dance Players — recorded in November 1921; issued on Banner 1002, c/w “Weep No More My Mammy,” recorded by Yerke’s Jazzarimba Orchestra
  • Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra — recorded in November 1921; issued on Brunswick 2169, c/w “Snowflakes”
  • Arthur Fields — recorded in November 1921; issued on Emerson 10490, c/w “Old Fashioned Days,” recorded by Richard Bold — also issued on Grey Gull 2171, c/w “Weep No More, My Mammy” (both sides recorded by Arthur Fields)
  • Ernest Hare — recorded in January 1922; issued on Brunswick 2188, c/w “Granny” (m. Harry Akst, w. Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis)


Harry Raderman’s Jazz Orchestra – recorded in February 1921, according to redhotjazz.com


Al Jolson — recorded on 21 October 1921; issued on Columbia A3500, c/w “Weep No More (My Mammy),” recorded by Vernon Dalhart


Paul Whiteman Orch. c.1922_1

Paul Whiteman Orchestra — take 3, recorded on 27 October 1921, and issued as the B-side of “Weep No More, My Mammy”on Victor 18825

MP3 (1.9 MB) audio file, from archive.org:


Rudy Wiedoeft

Wiedoeft’s Californians — recorded in October 1921 and issued on Vocalion 14263, as the B-side of “Stars” (John Alden)


Charles Harrison — recorded on 27 January 1922; issued on Victor 18862, c/w “Leave Me With a Smile”


Lanin’s Roseland Orchestra

Description by the video provider althazarr:

Recorded in January of 1922, and was also released on Arto 9125. Phil Napoleon and Jules Levy Jr. – t, Miff Mole – tb, 2 – as, 2 – vn, ? – p, John Cali – bj/bb/d, Sam Lanin – dir.


piano roll — undated and unidentified by provider deadlyvelociraptor, played on a 1926 pianola (player piano)


(above) The Page Cavanaugh Trio in 1946: l. to r. Al Viola, Page Cavanaugh, and Lloyd Pratt

Mel Tormé with the Page Cavanaugh Trio – recorded c. 1946


(below) Probably recorded for the film Jolson Sings Again (1949); this version sounds very different from the one recorded for The Jolson Story (1946).


(below) Mel Tormé with the Page Cavanaugh Trio — This 1950 Snader telescription short evidently uses an alternate recording of Tormé with the trio, but features a stand-in group of (as yet unidentified) musicians behind the singer. Tormé’s chops with the brushes are real. He had played drums professionally as a teen.


Judy Garland – recorded 19 March 1956 for Capitol Records, with orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle; released on the 1956 album Judy


Joni James –– from her album Put On a Happy Face, released 1964


Tiny Tim – 1966


Frank Vignola Trio  live at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 29 February 2012



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jaki levi
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 11:54:09

    Great site I love it.very interesting to hear such good quality performances altogether! We’ll done


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