And buttercups come peeping through the snow

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Howdy folks. Today I published a page on the song “When You’ve Got a Little Springtime in Your Heart,” which was written, words and music, by Harry Woods. The song was copyrighted on 28 December 1933 and introduced by Jessie Matthews in the musical film Evergreen, which was released in April 1934 in the UK, 31 December 1934 in the US, and in 1935 in other countries.

Seven of the following nine recordings are included in the page, which can be viewed here:

When You’ve Got a Little Springtime in Your Heart

early recordings:

  • 1934
    • Jessie Matthews with Orchestra conducted by Bretton Byrd
    • Bertini & The Tower Blackpool Dance Band, vocal: Maurice Elwin
    • Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly
    • Jack Payne and his Band, vocal: Jack Payne
    • Joe Loss and his Band, vocal: Harry Case
    • Roy Fox and his Band, vocal: Denny Dennis
  • 1934-1935
    • Geraldo and his Sweet Music, vocal: Cyril Grantham – (part of an “Evergreen” medley) issued c. 1934-1935
    • Billy Merrin and his Commanders, vocal: unidentified – issued in 1934 or 1935
    • Louis Levy and his Gaumont British Symphony, vocal: Janet Lind — part of a medley of movie music recorded on 10 September 1936

recent recording:

  • The Pasadena Roof Orchestra — 2013

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The other two recordings will be added when they become available. Here’s a more detailed list of the nine recordings that I’ve indentified:

  • Jessie Matthews with orchestra conducted by Bretton Byrd — issued on the 78 rpm single (UK) Columbia DB 1404, b/w “(a) Tinkle, Tinkle, Tinkle ; (b) Over My Shoulder”
  • Bertini and The Tower Blackpool Dance Band, vocal: Maurice Elwin — recorded in London on 22 May 1934 (matrix JW 1891-2); issued on the single (UK) Eclipse 750, c/w “Hot Punch” — “Bertini” was the stage name of the violin-playing, British dance band leader Bertram Harry Gutsell.

audio file from the British Dance Band sound files at Mike Thomas’ website (mgthomas.co.uk):

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  • Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly — recorded on 2 July 1934; issued in the UK on the 78 rpm single HMV B.6504, and in the US on the single Victor 24720, c/w “Over My Shoulder” (Harry Woods) in each case
  • Jack Payne and his Band, vocal: Jack Payne — recorded in April 1934 or July 1934; issued on the 78 rpm single (UK) Rex 8227, b/w “Over My Shoulder”
  • Joe Loss and his Band, featuring Chick Henderson, vocal: Harry Case — recorded in London on 31 August 1934; issued on (UK) Regal Zonophone MR 1417, c/w “Over My Shoulder” — available on various compilations including the 1982 two-disc LP Hits Of The Thirties
  • Roy Fox and his Band, vocal: Denny Dennis — issued in 1934 in the US on the 78 rpm single Decca 275, as the B-side of “Over My Shoulder”
  • Geraldo and his Sweet Music, vocal: Cyril Grantham — part of an “Evergreen” medley issued c. 1934-1935 on the singles (UK) Columbia DB 1408, and (US) Columbia 3007-D

  • Billy Merrin and his Commanders, with unidentified vocalist — recording date unknown (British Homophone Company matrix S-3919); issued in 1934 or 1935 on the single (UK) Sterno 1474, c/w “Over My Shoulder” — also issued in 1934 or 1935 on the single (UK) Plaza P-305, under the pseudonym Al Gold and his Band — Credited to Billy Merrin & His Commanders, the recording is also available on the 2012 Amazon digital album Just a Crazy Song.

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  • Louis Levy and his Gaumont British Symphony, vocal: Janet Lind — part of a medley of movie music recorded on 10 September 1936; issued on the single (UK) Columbia FB 1545 on side 1: “Music From The Movies–Medley, Part 1,”  b/w “Music From The Movies–Medley, Part 2”
  • The Pasadena Roof Orchestra — from the 2013 album Ladies And Gentleman, (Germany) Herzog Records 901038 HER

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