April Showers


April Showers (m. Louis Silvers, w. B. G. “Buddy” DeSylva)

Early recordings not featured below include the following (source: 78discography.com):

  • Golden Gate Orchestra — recorded on 21 April 1921; issued on the 78 rpm single 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 the 78 rpm single Pathe 20664, c/w “Sal-o-may (Salome)”


Club de Vingt Orchestra — recorded on 20 October 1921; issued on the 78 rpm single Edison Records 50875, and also on Edison Blue Amberol cylinder 4455

Video provider cdbpdx says:

APRIL SHOWERS recorded by the Club De Vingt Orchestra in 1921 and dubbed to this Blue Amberol cylinder record #4455 from the Diamond Disc master for Diamond Disc issue 50875-R.

The “R” in the catalog number mentioned by cdbpdx is appended to the catalog number 50875 on the “R” side of the disc, the other side of the disc being identified with an appended “L.”


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

audio file, VBR MP3 (3.9 MB), 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)


Eddie Elkins and his Orchestra — recorded on 15 November 1921; issued on Columbia A-3515, c/w “June Moon” (Frank Magine, Charley Straight)


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), and on Regal 9156, c/w “Birds of a Feather,” flip-side recorded by Vernon Dalhart


Metropolitan Dance Players — recorded in November 1921; issued on Banner 1002, b/w “Weep No More My Mammy,” recorded by Yerke’s Jazzarimba Orchestra

audio file, VBR MP3 (5.7 MB), from archive.org:


Charles Harrison — recorded on 27 January 1922; released in April 1922 on Victor 18862, b/w “Leave Me With a Smile”


Ernest Hare — recorded in January 1922; issued on Brunswick 2188, c/w “Granny” (m. Harry Akst, w. Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis)


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)


Jan Savitt and his Orchestra, vocal: Allan DeWitt* – recorded on 22 February 1941; issued on the single Decca 3695, b/w “Big Beaver”

audio file, VBR MP3 (5.6 MB), from archive.org:


(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).


Margaret Whiting with Paul Weston And His Orchestra — issued in 1948 on the 78 rpm single Capitol 15058, as the B-side of “Please Don’t Kiss Me”


(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


Ukester Brown — published on 11 April 2013


* Vocalist Allan DeWitt is credited as “Allan De Witt” on the A-side label of Decca 3695.


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

    Liked by 1 person


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