Recently published pages

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December 2018

29 Dec — Irving Berlin: selected “I’m” songs — I’ve made a companion for the page Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra: 19 “I’m” songs, recorded 1928-1940, published in 2011. However, none of the nineteen “I’m” songs in the Ambrose page were written by Berlin.

January 2019

2 Jan — I Want to Be In Dixie (1912): selected sheet music covers

2 Jan — When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (1912): selected sheet music covers

3 Jan — I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep (Irving Berlin)

4 Jan — Irving Berlin: sheet music galleries — index for new and previously published Irving Berlin galleries

5 Jan — Porgy (McHugh, Fields) – © 1928

See also the 8 January post Porgy (Fields & McHugh), 1928 – lyric, which features a transcription of the 1930 Ethel Waters recording.

10 Jan — I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Irving Berlin) — replaces a previously published post

10 Jan — Van Heusen, Jimmy: selected standards with music by — index to previously published pages

10 Jan — Fox Chase & Lost John – selected recordings, 1923-1972

11 Jan — Hit the Road Jack

14 Jan — Walt Disney: selected songs from animated Disney films, 1937-1942 — index to new and previously published pages

14 Jan — Bambi (1942): selected songs

Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song

Little April Shower

19 Jan – Swanee – selected early recordings, 1919-1920

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Recently repaired, expanded, or otherwise revised pages (last few weeks):

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And please sleep long enough to dream

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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

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  • 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

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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
Am

 

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

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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

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