The Music Goes ‘Round and Around


1935 The Music Goes Round and Round-1-d65-hx15The Music Goes ‘Round and Around (m. Eddie Farley and Mike Riley, w. Red Hodgson) — titled “The Music Goes Around and Around” on the label of the original recording, though titled “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around” on early sheet music and on the labels of most English-language recordings of the song; also known as “The Music Goes Round and Round”

Original English lyric:

French lyric, under the title “La musique vient par ici,” by Camille François:

“The Music Goes ‘Round and Around” was originally recorded on 26 September 1935 by the composer of the song’s music, Eddie Farley and Mike Riley, and other members of the band credited on the record label as Eddy-Reilly and their “Onyx Club Boys.” The side was issued in October 1935 on the 78 rpm single Decca 578, b/w “Looking For Love,” with the B-side also credited to the same band name. Since “Eddy-Reilly” combines the first name of one musician-songwriter with the second name of the other, and each are spelled incorrectly, it seems likely that Decca made multiple errors.

In December 1935 at least one other single was released under the same band name, Decca 619, featuring “South” (Benny Moten, Thamon Hayes) on the A-side and “I Never Knew” (Ted Fio Rito, Gus Kahn) on the B-side, but each of the aforementioned 1935 singles (Decca 578 and Decca 619) were reissued in 1936 under the revised band name Reilly-Farley and their Onyx Club Boys. To confuse us further, there were also at least two singles issued in 1936 under the name Riley-Farley and their Onyx Club Boys. Same band, at least three similar names:

  • Eddy-Reilly and their “Onyx Club Boys”
  • Reilly-Farley and their Onyx Club Boys
  • Riley-Farley and their Onyx Club Boys

The Decca 578 label of the original recording, by Eddy-Reilly and their “Onyx Club Boys,” bears the title “The Music Goes Around and Around,” but early sheet music and at least one 1936 reissue of Decca 578 have the title spelled “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around.” The latter spelling is also typically seen on the labels of records featuring English-language recordings of the song, including those recorded in 1935 and 1936. Because of this prevalence on sheet music and record labels, I’ve decided to use “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around” as the generic title of the song on this page and elsewhere on the site. However, at the IMDb soundtracks page for the 1936 film “The Music Goes ‘Round” the title of the song is given as “The Music Goes Round and Round,” which is the spelling also used by Wikipedia in its page on the song, and by International Lyrics Playground.


1935 The Music Goes Around and Around-Eddy-Reilly and the Onyx Club Boys-Decca 578 A (2)

Eddy-Reilly and their “Onyx Club Boys” — recorded on 26 September 1935; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 578, b/w “Looking For Love”

discography sources:


Reilly-Farley and their Onyx Club Boys — 1936 reissue of Decca 578, under a revised band name, and with the slightly different title “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around”


(below, date unknown) under the “Reilly Farley” version of the band name, but with the original title

presently unavailable


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Tommy Dorsey & his Clambake Seven, lead vocal: Edythe Wright — recorded on 9 December 1935


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Wingy Manone and his Orchestra, vocal: Wingy Manone — issued in January 1936 on Vocalion 3134 as the B-side of “I’m Shooting High” (m. Jimmy McHugh, w. Ted Koehler); recorded on 18 December 1935 (matrix# 18404)

personnel, adapted from
Wingy Manone:  trumpet, vocal; Joe Marsala: clarinet; Gil Bowers: piano; Carmen Mastren: guitar; Sid Weiss: string bass; Ray Bauduc: drums


Hal Kemp (2a)Hal Kemp (1)

Hal Kemp and his Orchestra, vocal: Saxie Dowell — recorded on 21 December 1935; issued on Brunswick 7587, b/w “Dinner For One Please, James”


Frank Froeba & his Swing Band; vocals by Jack Purvis — recorded on 24 December 1935; issued on Columbia 3110-D, c/w “There’ll Be a Great Day in the Mornin’!”

Jack Purvis (t,v), Slats Long (cl), Herbie Haymer (ts), Frank Froeba (p), Clayton Duerr (gtr), Carrol Walrond (sb), Eddie Dougherty (d)


1935 The Music Goes 'Round and Around-The Little Ramblers-Bluebird B-6220-A-d50

The Little Ramblers (led by Adrian Rollini), vocals: Bill Dillard and chorus — recorded on 27 December 1935; released 15 January 1936 on Bluebird B-6220, b/w “I’m Shooting High”

discography sources:

credits, adapted from
Adrian Rollini — vibraphone, direction
Bill Dillard – trumpet, vocals
Albert Nicholas – clarinet
Danny Barker – guitar


Red McKenzie and his Mound City Blue Blowers — recorded on 3 January 1936; single issued on two labels: Champion 40081 A, and Montgomery Ward 5022-A


The Boswell Sisters — recorded on 6 January 1936 in New York — personnel: The Boswell Sisters (v) Russ Case (tpt) Russ Jenner (tbn) Artie Shaw (cl) Martha Boswell (p) Dick McDonough (g) Artie Bernstein (b) Stan King (d)


Mae Questel (The Betty Boop Girl) with Red Norvo and his Orchestra (uncredited) — recorded on 8 January 1936; issued on Decca 680, b/w “Broken Record”


Harry Roy and his Orchestra — recorded in London on 9 January 1936; issued on Parlophone (UK) F 367 (matrix E 7393), b/w “I’d Love To Take Orders From You” — also issued in Brazil on Odeon 2157, and on the “South American” (according to the provider) record shown in the video below, Odeon 203.710


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Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra — recorded on 18 January 1936, New York ; issued on Decca 685, b/w “Rhythm Saved the World”

personnel for the session (from Michael Minn’s Louis Armstrong Discography [link updated on 12 July 2017]):

louis_armstrong_1935-1-f35-80t1Armstrong, Louis: trumpet, vocal
Davis, Leonard: trumpet
Aiken, Gus: trumpet
Bacon, Louis: trumpet
White, Harry: trombone
Archey, Jimmy: trombone
Jones, Henry: alto saxophone
Holmes, Charlie: alto saxophone
Madison, Bingie:  clarinet, tenor saxophone
Walton, Greely: tenor saxophone
Russell, Luis: piano
Blair, Lee: guitar
Foster, Pops: bass



Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers - (top) Chick Hurt and Tex Atchison, (below) Jack Taylor, Patsy Montana and Salty Holmes

The Prairie Ramblers — recorded in Chicago on 21 January 1936

  • Shelby “Tex” Atchison:  fiddle, vocal
  • Charles “Chick” Hurt: mandola, vocal
  •  Floyd “Salty” Holmes:  guitar, vocal
  • Jack Taylor: bass, vocal


1936 The Music Goes 'Round and Around-Nat Gonella & his Georgians, Parlophone F 386Nat Gonella-1-d33

Nat Gonella & his Georgians, lead vocal by Nat Gonella — recorded in London in January 1936; issued in 1936 on Parlophone (UK) F 386


1936 The Music Goes 'Round and Around-Lew Stone and his Band-Decca (UK)-F.5846Lew-Stone-1

Lew Stone and his Band — recorded in London in January 1936; issued on Decca (UK) F.5846 as the B-side of “Marilou” — The video provider gives a recording date of 3 January 1936, but I’ve yet to confirm this date.

Tommy McQuater-trumpet / Alfie Noakes-trumpet and vocal / Joe Ferrie and Bill Mulraney-trombone / Joe Crossman, Ernest Ritte, Don Barrigo and Oscar Grasso-reeds / Monia Liter-piano / Archie Slavin-guitar / Tiny Winters-string Bass / Barry Wicks-drums / Jimmy Lally-arranger


1936 The Music Goes 'Round and Around-Billy Cotton and his Band-Regal Zonophone MR 1982

Billy Cotton and his Band, vocal: Alan Breeze — recorded in January 1936; issued on Regal Zonophone MR 1982, b/w “The Sunset Trail”

Recording not yet found


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Jack Hylton & his Orchestra, vocal: Pat O’Malley — recorded on 1 February 1936; issued on His Master’s Voice (UK) B.D.5030, c/w “Lights Out”


Jay Wilbur and his Band — Rex Records (UK) 8692-A, b/w “Marilou,” dated February 1936 at the site 78 rpm Record Search; it’s unclear whether the date refers to the recording date, or the release date


Oskar Joost Tanz Orchester — (instrumental) recorded in Berlin on 18 March 1936; issued as Grammophon 2281 B

The video provider Plattensammler88 includes the description:

Diese Aufnahme entstand am 18. März 1936 in Berlin und präsentiert uns ein äußerst modernes Oskar Joost Orchester, welches den Schlager in frischer, lockerer und jazziger Form interpretiert. Viel Solistik ist zu hören. Das ausgiebige Xylophon-Solo spielt vermutlich Kurt Engel, zumindest dürfte kaum ein anderer deutscher Xylophonist dieser Jahre so virtuos und jazzbewandert spielen wie er.

which may be roughly translated as follows:

This recording was made on 18 March 1936 in Berlin and presents an extremely modern Oskar Joost Orchestra, which interprets the hit in fresh, relaxed and jazzy form. Many solos can be heard. The player of the extensive xylophone solo is probably Kurt Engel, at least probably no other German xylophonist at the time played like him with such virtuosity and “jazzbewandert.


1936 The Music Goes 'Round and Around-B.B.C. Dance Orchestra, dir. Henry Hall-Columbia (UK) FB 1288-d20-sh20Henry-Hall-1George Elrick 1

The B.B.C. Dance Orchestra, directed by Henry Hall, vocals by George Elrick and chorus — recorded in 1936; issued as the B-side of “The Broken Record” on Columbia (UK) FB 1288; the A-side was recorded on 7 January 1936, but I’ve yet to find a recording date for the B-side


Augusto Coén & his Golden Casino Orchestra — 1936


Early French recordings, as La musique vient par ici

Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens — recorded in Paris, février 1936 — paroles françaises de (French lyrics by) Camille François


Lyne Clevers avec Orchestre Bruno Coquatrix — 8 Juin 1936


Fred Adison et son orchestre, refrain chanté par Roger Toussaint — 1936


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Paul Gayten — B-side of the Argo label single “Be My Baby” (5257), issued in November 1956


Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, and Susan Gordon, in The Five Pennies (1959) 1-s1-ct+38

Danny Kaye and Susan Gordon in the 1959 film The Five Pennies


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Louis Prima – 1959


List of 1935 and 1936 recordings, adapted from International Lyrics Playground:

Riley-Farley & The Onyx Club Boys (vocal: Mike Riley) – 1935
Tommy Dorsey’s Clambake Seven (vocals: Edythe Wright) – 1935
Hal Kemp & His Orch. – 1936 [dated 21 December 1935 by Second Hand Songs; vocal: Saxie Dowell]
Frank Froeba & His Swing Band (vocal: Jack Purvis) – 1936
Louis Armstrong – 1936
Nat Gonella & His Georgians – 1936
Boswell Sisters – 1936
Henry Hall & His Orch. (vocal: George Elrick) – 1936
Joe Haymes & His Orch. – 1936
Wingy Manone & His Orch. – 1936
Mound City Blue Blowers – 1936
Red Norvo & His Orch. – 1936
The Rhythm Rascals – 1936
“May Questal” [incorrect spelling of Mae Questel] – 1936
Haloran’s Hooligans – 1936
Augusto Coén & His Golden Casino Orch. – 1936

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