Like a Breath of Springtime

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Like a Breath of Springtime (m. Joe Burke, w. Al Dubin) — copyrighted on 20 May 1929 and used in the 1929 romance film Hearts in Exile, which is considered a lost film — 1929 recordings include those by Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra, Harold “Scrappy” Lambert, Henry Busse and his Orchestra (vocal: Burt Lorin), Sam Lanin Orchestra (vocal: Marvin Young), Pete Woolery, and Adrian Schubert and his Salon Orchestra (vocal: Scrappy Lambert). Most, if not all, of these recordings were released under the copyright title “Like a Breath of Spring-Time.” I’ve modified the spelling of the last word of the title to conform with modern usage.

Other recordings that I haven’t found yet include those by Dr. Eugene Ormandy’s Salon Orchestra, OKeh 41319, 17 September 1929; Debroy Somers Band, (UK) Columbia CB 90, 2 June 1930; as well as several others by British dance bands and vocalists.

lyric (chorus only): International Lyrics Playground

A verse is sung in the 15 September 1929 Scrappy Lambert recording, as well as in the Pete Woolery and Sam Browne recordings, preceding the chorus. I’d been unable to find the full verse online, so I made the following transcription on 22 March 2019:

Winter blows its breath on the low lands
Over every green covered glen
All in vain I’ve wandered the snow lands
Looking for the sunshine again, then…

1929 recordings include the following:

Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra — recorded on 5 August 1929; issued on the 78 rpm single Brunswick 4544, b/w “Deep in the Arms of Love” (w.m. Lou Davis, Roy Ingraham)

audio file (2.5 MB, VBR MP3) from the Roy Ingraham And His Orchestra 78rpm Collection at archive.org:

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Harold “Scrappy” Lambert — recorded 15 September 1929 and issued on the 78 rpm single Brunswick 4556, c/w “When The Real Thing Comes Your Way”

Scrappy Lambert links: Wikipedia, JazzAge1920s.com, Discography of American Historical Recordings, Discogs.com, archive.org

audio file (4.9 MB, VBR MP3) from the Harold Scrappy Lambert Collection 1925-1935 page at archive.org:

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Henry Busse and his Orchestra, vocal: Burt Lorin (pseudonym of Harold “Scrappy” Lambert) — recorded on 20 September 1920; issued 8 November 1929 the 78 rpm single Victor 22140, b/w “Since I Found You” (m. Ray Perkins, w. Herman Ruby) — In the UK, the recording was issued in January 1930 on the B-side of HMV B 5751, the A-side being a recording of “Sunny Side Up” by Johnny Hamp’s Kentucky Serenaders.

audio file (2.6 MB, VBR MP3) from the Henry Busse 78 rpm Collection page at archive.org:

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audio file (2.6 MB, VBR MP3) from the page Harold Scrappy Lambert Collection 1925-1935 at archive.org:

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Sam Lanin Orchestra, vocal: Marvin Young (pseudonym of Irving Kaufman)– recorded on 26 September 1929 (Columbia matrix W149055); issued on the 10-inch 78 rpm single Harmony 1018-H, c/w “Melancholy”

audio file (2.4 MB, VBR MP3) from the Sam Lanin Orchestra 78rpm Collection at archive.org:

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Pete Woolery, accompanied by violin and piano — recorded on 9 October 1929 (Columbia matrix W149069); issued on Columbia 2004-D, c/w “Deep in the Arms of Love” (w.m. Lou Davis, Roy Ingraham)

audio file (4.4 MB, VBR MP3) from the Like a Breath of Spring-Time (Como Un Soplo De Primavera) page at archive.org:

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audio file (2.4 MB, VBR MP3) from the Pete Woolery Collection 1928-1929 page at archive.org:

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(below) Adrian Schubert and his Salon Orchestra, vocal: Harold “Scrappy” Lambert — recorded on 1 November 1929; issued on the following US singles (all except Banner 507, c/w the Irving Berlin song “To Be Forgotten”):

also issued on the French Pathé ‎label on the following single:

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audio file (2.4 MB, VBR MP3) from the Harold Scrappy Lambert Collection 1925-1935 page at archive.org:

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1930 recording:

Sam Browne — issued on 30 October 1930 on the 78 rpm single (UK) Edison Bell Radio 1388, as the B-side of “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” (m. Joe Burke, w. Al Dubin)

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