Sweepin’ the Clouds Away




Sweepin’ The Clouds Away (Sam Coslow) was performed by Maurice Chevalier and a chorus of scantily clad chimney sweep girls in the 1930 Paramount Pictures all-star revue Paramount on Parade, released 22 April 1930.



Ben Selvin and his Orchestra, under the pseudonym The Columbia Photo Players, vocal: Smith Ballew

It is the B-side of the Columbia (American) 78 rpm single In My Little Hope Chest (W. Frank Harling, Sam Coslow) (2131-D, British: CB 99), recorded in New York City on 14 February 1930. The fact that Selvin recorded it over two months prior to the release of the film Paramount on Parade suggests that it might have been released earlier than the film.



1930 In My Little Hope Chest, from Honey-1-s21930 Sweepin' the Clouds Away (Sam Coslow) Paramount On Parade 1-s2-hx30


Charles “Buddy” Rogers 

Rogers recorded the song for Columbia, with a small combo, on 4 March 1930. It was issued as the B-side of the single Anytime’s the Time to Fall in Love (m. Jack King, w. Elsie Janis), Columbia 2143-D. Rogers, with Lillian Roth and a chorus, performed the A-side song in Paramount On Parade.



Bob & Alf Pearson 1930



Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk OrchestraRecorded 6 December 1929 and issued as Victor 22346 (matrix BVE-57232). According to the video provider, it was also issued as HMV no.EA724. The band was founded in 1919, as the Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, by drummer Carleton Coon and pianist Joe Sanders.


The Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra — title track of the 2011 remastered edition of the band’s debut collection, originally released 5 August 2008


David Giardina, accompanied by Karl Mansfield on piano — from a command performance at the United Nations, October 2008

video from the page Dave Sings Sweepin’ The Clouds Away UN Oct. 2008, at archive.org:


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. emily selvin
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 13:17:22

    Hi There!
    I am so happy to view this collection you have put together. I am Ben Selvin’s grand daughter… I am hoping/ wondering if you have any sheet music or images you would be willing to direct me to or to sell? I’m always looking to add to our collection.

    My name is Emily Selvin… I play violin, viola and piano, and am keeping my Grandpa’s memory alive. In fact I still play the violin that was his.

    In case you are curious, my day job is http://www.selvinglass.com

    And at night I play music!

    Thank you again, I look forward to perhaps hearing from you!

    Emily Selvin

    Liked by 1 person


    • doc
      Feb 04, 2013 @ 20:45:58

      Hi Emily,
      Glad you found us. I’d love to hear you play sometime. Have you made audio or video recordings? Your glass design and restoration work looks very impressive.

      Would like to help you find some sheet music and images, but I am not a collector. In my pre-1920 popular music resources page there is a list of links to sheet music resources, most of which I’ve used at least once. Generally, I find the best digital sheet music image quality tends to be found in online University libraries. Some are better organized and more user friendly than others. I especially like the Levy Sheet Music Collection at Johns Hopkins University. However, in my searches I’m typically more focused on finding quality reproductions of sheet music covers rather than the music within.

      I was surprised to find that in my files I’ve only got the one image of Ben Selvin used on this page. Will let you know if I discover a good collection of photographs.

      Jim Radcliff



  2. Maxime
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 06:17:28

    Hi there,

    I am so glad I’ve found this page about “Sweeping the clouds away” ! I am looking for ages through the internet and in music libraries for the music sheet… without success :(

    Do you have any ideas where can I find the piano/guitar sheet online ?

    Best regards,


    Liked by 1 person


  3. Maxime
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 08:12:39

    Thanks a lot for your help !

    Liked by 1 person


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