Irving Berlin: selected songs of 1909 and 1910


Good Bye, Girlie, and Remember Me (m. George W. Meyers, w. Irving Berlin)

The provider says:

In our recreation of the performance of Goodbye, Girlie, and Remember Me, Jon Finson, Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, plays the role of the illustrator, accompanied by Alicia Levin on the piano. The slides come from the MarNan Collection in Minneapolis, courtesy of Margaret Bergh.


That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (w. m. Irving Berlin)

Description in The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, page 14:

Published. Copyrighted December 22, 1909. Music “adapted” in part from Felix Mendelssohn’s Spring Song (“Lied ohn Worte,” op. 62 , no. 6 — “Frühlingslied”). Title page lists the year of copyright as 1910. A huge success for Berlin; it sold over one million copies of sheet music. Top-selling recordings were by Arthur Collins and Byron Harlan (Victor, Columbia, Edison Amberol, and U.S. Everlasting). The sheet music cover bears the subtitle “Mendelssohn Rag.”

piano solo by


Wild Cherries (m. Ted Snyder, w. Irving Berlin) – The song was introduced by Fanny Brice in Ziegfeld Follies of 1910. It had previously been published and copyrighted as an instrumental (piano rag) in 1908.

Video provider identifies this recording as,

Xylophone Solo by Schmehl, 2min. Albany Indestructible cylinder #1147, (Sept. 1909). Played on a 1911 Edison Standard Model D phonograph.


My Wife’s Gone to the Country (Hurrah! Hurrah!) – w. m. George M. Whiting, Irving Berlin, and Ted Snyder

Bob Roberts1909 cylinder recording


Arthur Collins – 1909


roller organ


Sadie Salome (Go Home) w. m. Irving Berlin and Edgar Leslie

The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin (p. 7) says,

Published. Copyrighted April 2, 1909. Words and music by Irving Berlin and Edgar Leslie. Alternate title: “Sadie Salome Go Home!” Sung in vaudeville by Fanny Brice; many sources indicate that it played an important part in starting her career. Best-selling records by Edward M. Favor (Edison) and Bob Roberts (Columbia).

Ian Whitcomb – from his 1967 album Yellow Underground


Yiddle, On Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime

Stanley Kirkby (as “Charles Lester”) — issued, according to the YouTube provider, on Polyphon 8885, c.1912

Stanley Kirkby pages: Wikipedia,, UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive

Wikipedia says:

[Stanley Kirkby] used the following pseudonyms for HMV: Charles Holland, Walter Miller, Murray Johnson,[Note 9] Fred Cooper, George Dent, Rupert Hazell,[Note 10] Gerald Orme, Jim Donovan, Frank Williams, George Daly, George Claff, Sam Ireland, Frank Ashton and Mike Magee; he was the Walker in “Cobbett & Walker” (with Ernest Pike).[26] He is known to have used the following pseudonyms for Edison Bell: Frank Miller, Walter Miller and Frank Emerson.[27] He also used the pseudonyms Stanley Barnes (Scala), F. Elliot (Scala), Keith James (Edison Bell Radio) and Charles Lester (Polyphon).[citation needed]


Stanley Kirkby (as “Charles Holland”) — date unknown; issued on Columbia-Rena 1618

audio file, VBR MP3 (5.0 MB), from the page Yiddle on your fiddle at




Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon (Irving Berlin)

Ada Jones with the American Quartet, featuring Billy Murray – 1910


Bing Crosby and Judy Garland on The Bing Crosby (Radio) Show, broadcast 7 Feb 1951


Kiss Me, My Honey, Kiss Me
(m. Ted Snyder, w. Irving Berlin)

Ada Jones and Billy Murray


1910 Berlin & Snyder-That Beautiful Rag-11910-That-Beautiful-Rag-Berlin-Snyder-3-Dale-Fuller

Oh, That Beautiful Rag (m. Ted Snyder, w. Irving Berlin)

From The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, p.23,

Published. Copyrighted July 9, 1910. Music by Ted Snyder. According to noted Berlin collector Vince Motto…it was introduced by Dale Fuller in The Girl and the Kimono, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, Chicago, beginning June 25, 1910. That show closed shortly after its Chicago opening. Introduced in New York in the musical Up and Down Broadway (July 18, 1910; Casino Theatre; 72 performances) by Irving Berlin (vocal) and Ted Snyder (piano), who were billed as “Entertainers in the Cafe de L’Obster.”

Collins & Harlan, the comedy team of Arthur Collins and Byron G. Harlan – Nov 1910. According to The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, p.23, the best-selling recording was by Arthur Collins alone on the Columbia and Zonophone labels. This is another recording, preserved on celluloid cylinder, by the Albany Indestructible Record Company.


Sweet Italian Love (Irving Berlin)

Billy Murray- 1910


Oh, How That German Could Love (m. Ted Snyder, w. Irving Berlin)

According to the Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin (ed. Kimball and Emmet, 2001) p. 18, the song was introduced by Sam Bernard (photo at right) during the post-Broadway tour of his show The Girl and the Wizard. The Broadway run at the Casino Theatre, (9/27/1909 – 12/18/1909) was followed by a brief run at the West End Theatre in New York (12/27/1909 – circa. 1/1910). Bernard and the show are given notice at the top of the sheet music, which features an image of the star in costume. The sheet music cover appears to be signed by Irving Berlin.


Irving Berlin — recorded for Columbia in January 1910


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