about the awful



millennial whoop


(below) Why do so many pop songs sound the same? | Patrick Metzger | TEDx Talk at Koç University in Istanbul, December 2016




And please sleep long enough to dream


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

New page published today, on the 1942 Irving Berlin song “I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep,” from This Is The Army. The song was included on the second page of my Irving Berlin: selected “I’m” songs feature published a few days ago, but after adding several more recordings of “Getting Tired” the feature had grown very long, with over 45 videos and audio players included. Although I could have expanded the feature to three pages, I decided instead to create a separate page for that one song. Here’s a link to the new page:

I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep

From The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, edited by Robert Kimball and Linda Emmet (2001), p. 358:

Published. Copyrighted June 18, 1942. Introduced by Private William Horne and an “Octette” consisting of Sergeant Zinn Arthur, Corporal James Burrell, and Privates Orville Race, James Farrell, Thomas Chetlin, William Collier, Earl Lipp, and Donald McCray. The idea for the song came from the Yip, Yip, Yaphank song “Dream On, Little Soldier Boy.”* Leading recording by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Decca).

Recordings included are as follows:

  • Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra, vocal: Terry Allen — recorded on 19 June 1942 and issued in 1942 on the 78 rpm single (US) Columbia 36658, b/w “Rock-A-Bye Bay”; issued in Canada on Columbia C687 with the same B-side
  • Kenny Baker with Harry Sosnick and his Orchestra — recorded on 26 June 1942; issued on Decca 18442, c/w “I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen”
  • Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Bob Eberly — recorded on 14 July 1942; issued in August 1942 on the 78 rpm single Decca 18462, b/w “Ev’ry Night About This Time”
  • Hal McIntyre and his Orchestra, vocal: Jerry Stuart — recorded on 22 July 1942; issued on Victor 27951, b/w “This Is the Army, Mr. Jones”
  • Pvt. Stuart Churchill and Soldier Octet with Orchestra and Octet Under Direction of Cpl. Milton Rosenstock — recorded on 28 July 1942; released on the 78 rpm single Decca 18475, as the B-side of “The Army’s Made a Man of Me”; also released in 1942 on the 4 disk original all-soldier Broadway cast album This Is the Army, Decca A-340, and the LP single disk version of the album, Decca DL 5108


  • Victor “First Nighter” Orchestra, with vocals by Brad Reynolds (lead) and Men’s Chorus — recorded on 30 July 1942 and issued 21 August 1942 on the 78 rpm single Victor 27956, b/w “That’s What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear” (B-side vocal by Fats Waller and Men’s Chorus)
  • Barry Wood – issued c. mid-August 1942 on the 78 rpm single Bluebird B-11572, b/w “Why Don’t You Fall in Love with Me (As Long As You’re Not in Love With Anyone Else)”
  • Harry James and his Music Makers, vocal: Johnny McAfee — from the album Live broadcast from the Astor Roof on August 28, 1942, released (according to Discogs.com) in 1979
  • Dennis Day — medley: “I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep” / “I’ll See You In My Dreams”; in a transcription of the “Liberty Ship” episode of the Jack Benny Show (radio), broadcast on 6 December 1942
  • Stuart Foster — from, according to the video provider, “January 19, 1943 Victory Parade Of Spotlight Bands orchestra directed by Ina Ray Hutton”
  • Dinah Shore — from, according to the video provider, “February 3, 1943 Eddie Cantor It’s Time To Smile radio program

Where my honey lamb am


Hey! Well, it may not be what you expected, but it’s here. Today I published two pages featuring nothing but selected sheet music covers of 1912 Irving Berlin songs. Here they go:

The copyright title of the second song is “When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam’.” From the chorus:

That’s where you stop your train
That brings me back again
Down home where I’ll remain
Where my honey lamb


And look for me, for I’ll be dreaming too



Tonight I published a new feature. Click the following link to visit the feature, which is two pages long:

Irving Berlin: selected “I’m” songs

All songs feature words and music by Irving Berlin, except as noted. Songs included in the page:

  • 1912 – I’m Going Back to Dixie (“I Want to Be in Dixie”)*
  • 1912 – I’m Afraid, Pretty Maid, I’m Afraid
  • 1915 – I’m Going Back to the Farm
  • 1916 – I’m Down In Honolulu Looking Them Over
  • 1918 – I’m Gonna Pin a Medal On the Girl I Left Behind
  • 1919 – I’m the Guy Who Guards the Harem (And My Heart’s in My Work)
  • 1921 – I’m Gonna Do It If I Like It (“I Like It”)
  • 1926 – I’m On My Way Home
  • 1932 – I’m Playing With Fire
  • 1936 – I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
  • 1942 – I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep
  • 1948 – I’m Beginning to Miss You
  • 1956 – I’m Gonna Get Him


Look out, it’s coming in your direction


Hi, folks! Hope you’ve been having a splendid summer. I published a new page tonight (Thursday 30 August), on the song “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” It was written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross*, and introduced in 1966 by Dee Dee Warwick. Here’s a link to the page:

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

The page includes the following recordings:

  • Dee Dee Warwick with back vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson — issued in November 1966 on the single Mercury 72638**, c/w “Yours Until Tomorrow” (Goffin & King) — produced by Jerry Ross, arranged by Jimmy Wisner — US singles chart success: #13 R&B, #88 Hot 100 in December 1966


  • Dee Dee Warwick — B-side of the single (UK) Mercury MF 953, issued in December 1966, with “Yours Until Tomorrow” as the A-side
  • Jerry Butler — from the 1967 album Soul Artistry, Mercury Records SR 61105, SR-61105 (Stereo), MG 21105, MG-21105 (Mono)
  • Madeline Bell — originally released in November 1967 on her album Bell’s A Poppin’, and issued in January 1968 on the single Philips 40517, b/w “Picture Me Gone” (Taylor, Gorgoni) — Billboard Hot 100 singles chart success: #26 Hot 100, #32 R&B in April 1968
    • Madeline Bell — Beat Club promo video


  • Aesop’s Fables — issued in July 1968 on the single Cadet Concept 7005, b/w “They Go Out and Get It” — also released in 1969 on the LP (US, Canada) In Due Time, Cadet Concept LPS-323
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations — A recording of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” is included on their collaborative album Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, which was released on 8 November 1968. Less than two weeks later, a slightly shorter edit (2:56 vs. 3:05 on the album) was issued on the single Motown M 1137 (also M-1137, MOTOWN 1137, etc.), b/w “A Place in the Sun.” Released on 21 November 1968, it became a top ten hit, peaking at #2 for two weeks in December that year.
  • The Lennon Sisters — originally released on their 1968 album The Lennon Sisters Today!!, Mercury SR 61164, SR-61164
  • The Temptations — performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 21, Episode 16 — airdate: 2 February 1969
  • Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross — live performance taped for the television series The Hollywood Palace, Season 6, Episode 22 — airdate: 8 March 1969


  • Reuben Wilson — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 21 March 1969; released on the 1969 album Love Bug, Blue Note BST 84317 — personnel: Reuben Wilson – organ, Lee Morgan – trumpet, George Coleman – tenor saxophone, Grant Green – guitar, Leo Morris – drums
  • Count Buffalo & The Jazz Rock Band — from the album Soul & Rock, (Japan) Denon ‎CD-5010, released on 25 July 1969
  • Peter Nero — originally released on his 1969 album I’ve Gotta Be Me, Columbia CS 9800; album reissued in the UK in 1973 under the title Piano Magic of Peter Nero, Embassy EMB 31008
  • Roy Meriwether — from his 1969 album Preachin‘, Capitol Records, ST 243, ST-243


See also Songbook’s other Gamble & Huff pages:


* Although Billboard, on page 18 of its 12 November 1966 issue, and the labels of early recordings credited only “Gamble-Ross” (Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross) as writers of the song, BMI presently credits Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross as the songwriters. On disagreements regarding the songwriting credits, Wikipedia says:

Most versions of the song credit the songwriting to Jerry Ross and Kenny Gamble, who were the only two writers named on original record labels. Some recordings also credit Jerry Williams as a third writer, although BMI and some other sources credit Leon Huff, rather than Williams.

** According to 45cat.com, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” is on the A-side of the US single Mercury 72638, and “Yours Until Tomorrow” is on the B-side. This order is confirmed in the 12 November 1966 issue of Billboard Magazine, where the single is announced on page 18, in the “Pop Spotlights” column. On the corresponding UK single, Mercury MF 953, the sides are reversed.

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries

web stats

%d bloggers like this: