1922 selected standards


Carolina in the Morning (m. Walter Donaldson, w. Gus Kahn)
Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goo’ bye (Dan Russo, Gus Kahn & Ernie Erdman)
Limehouse Blues (Philip Braham, Douglas Furber)
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (Turner Layton, Henry Creamer)
Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) – words and music by Fred Fisher
Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend, Irving Mills)
My Buddy (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)


1922_Carolina in the Morning (Donaldson)_Aileen Stanley_1_f501922 Carolina in the Morning--Van and Schenck, Columbia A-3712, recorded on 18 September 1922-d40-g15

Carolina in the Morning (m.Walter Donaldson, w. Gus Kahn)

See the separate feature page:


Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goo’ bye (Dan Russo, Gus Kahn & Ernie Erdman)


One of the major hits from the show Bombo and a show stopper according to Parlorsongs.com’s “The Music of Al Jolson, Page 2,” which says:

The song has long been associated with Jolson as well as the age and image of the “flapper” during the roaring twenties. Our copy shows Kahn, Erdman & Russo as the writers but Lissauer’s Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America as well as other sources credit Ted Fiorito and Robert King and makes [sic] no mention of Russo. Of course, Jolson recorded the song for Columbia on CO A-3564 with the Frank Crumit orchestra and “True Blue Sam” on the flip side. As with many of his top hits, this song appeared in both Jolson movies, The Jazz Singer and Rose of Washington Square.


Billy Murray and Ed Smalle


Benson Orchestra of Chicago


Al Jolson – in The Jazz Singer (1929)


gertrude-lawrence-Parisian_pierrotLimehouse Blues (Philip Braham, Douglas Furber)

In 1923, Noël Coward developed his first musical revue, London Calling!, specifically for the actress and vocalist Gertrude Lawrence. Charlot agreed to produce it, but brought in more experienced writers and composers to work on the book and score. One of Coward’s surviving songs was “Parisian Pierrot,” another tune that was to be identified closely with Lawrence throughout her career. The show’s success led its producer to create André Charlot’s London Revue of 1924, which he brought to Broadway with Lawrence, Lillie, Buchanan, and Constance Carpenter. It was so successful it moved to a larger theater to accommodate the demand for tickets and extended its run. After it closed, the show toured the US and Canada, although Lawrence was forced to leave the cast when she contracted double pneumonia and pleurisy and was forced to spend fourteen weeks in a Toronto hospital recuperating.- wikipedia

The success of Limehouse Blues on Broadway lead to instrumental recordings by various dance orchestras, including those by Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, the California Ramblers, and Carl Fenton’s Orchestra.

Paul Whiteman & his Orchestrarecorded on 22 January, 1924; issued on the 78 rpm single Victor 19264



Quintette du Hot Club de France — recorded in Paris on 4 May 1936 — Stephane Grappelly (v), Django Reinhardt, Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre Ferret (g), Lucien Simoens (b), Freddy Taylor (vo)


WayDownYonderInNO-22-BlossomSeeleyWay Down Yonder in New Orleans (Turner Layton, Henry Creamer)

First published in 1922, Creamer and Layton advertised it as “A Southern Song, without A Mammy, A Mule, Or A Moon”, a dig at some of the Tin Pan Alley clichés of the era. The song was performed at The Winter Garden Theater in New York in Act 2 of the Broadway musical production, “Spice of 1922.” The original 1922 sheet music featured a drawing of a girl on a spice bottle on the front cover, referring to the musical in which the song eventually made its public debut. – Wikipedia excerpts


The Peerless Quartet – recorded June 1922

Band identified only as “The Cotton Pickers” – 1923. This is not McKinney’s Cotton Pickers who didn’t begin recording until 1928.


Gene Fosdick’s Hoosiers – 1923


Layton & Johnstone, American Duettists with Piano

Layton & Johnstone — 1927 — The provider attaches the opinion: “This performance by the composer Turner Layton and his partner Clarence (Tandy) Johnstone must be the most definitive version.”



Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town) — words and music by Fred Fisher

Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra – circa 1922


Player Piano Roll – QRS Roll #9172 made by: J. Lawrence Cook – played on a Kimball Electramatic player piano


Frank Sinatra – not a very good quality audio, but the only one I was able to find in video format. slide show.


Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend, Irving Mills)

Wikipedia says:

The song first appeared in the 1922 musical Oh, Ernest. It was first recorded by Elsie Clark and then by Jack Shea (both 1922). Emmett Miller recorded it in 1925 and 1928, followed by country music singer Rex Griffin circa 1938. The recordings by Griffin and Miller inspired Hank Williams to perform the song during his first appearances on the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1948. Receiving an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Williams decided to record his own version despite initial push back from his producer Fred Rose and his band.

Emmett Miller accompanied by his Georgia Crackers, vocals: Emmett Miller, Dan Fitch – 12 June 1928

The spoken introduction:

Man: Sam, you sure do look like you’ve got the miseries.

Sam: Man, I ain’t got no miseries. I’m got the blues. That’s what’s the matter with me.

M: Birds singin’ in the trees, and the sun am shinin.’  You shouldn’t have no blues.

S: I know I shouldn’t have ’em, but I’ve got every known indication of being in that condition.

M: What’s the matter then, they lock up your bootlegger?

S: No, it wasn’t that. I went home this morning and peaked through the window…That sweet thing of mine had done called out. So now I’ve got them lovesick blues.



Rex Griffin — 1939


Hank Williams – 1949

A commenter on the video above containing the Griffin recording says: “Hank was aware of both versions [Miller’s and Griffin’s] as indicated in a letter Fred Rose sent to Hank prior to Hank’s session.”


My Buddy-Jolson

My Buddy (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)

Henry Burr – 1922


Doris Day – 1952



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carlsvilleproject
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 22:42:23

    I am new to wordpress and feel fortunate that I was able to stumble upon your site. I have also been interested in the 20’s ..I admire the fashion. It was also a very progressive time for the auto industry which served to change the face of our culture as we new it. For me it was a charming, wonderful period in our history. I have started my own “Roaring Twenties” page and am having great fun so far. I see you have done much good work here.Thanks for you efforts. I look forward to viewing your work here in the future,



    • doc
      Nov 10, 2009 @ 15:00:01

      Hi Carl, Thank you. I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. It’s a lot of work, but rewarding. And comments like yours help to motivate me to keep going on it. Cheers, Jim — P.S. You’ve got a very attractive and informative site. I’ll come back and visit soon.



  2. dede
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 11:52:55

    I am looking for a recording of Gene Wilder singing My Buddy. Anyone know how to find it? dede TOXaMOX@gmail.com Thanks



    • doc
      Mar 18, 2012 @ 15:41:16

      Dede, I wasn’t aware that Wilder had recorded the song. A brief Google search turned up the fact that there is a partial rendition of the song in the 1999 TV film The Lady in Question, which Gene Wilder co-wrote and starred in. I found this in the reviews of the film at IMDb. But in this comment in a two sentence “review,” who performed the portion of the song is not mentioned. — Jim



  3. Anonymous
    Oct 27, 2016 @ 15:24:13

    Thank you Doc.



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