All in vain I’ve wandered the snow lands

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Today’s new page is on the song “Like a Breath of Springtime,” written by Joe Burke (music) and Al Dubin (words). The song was copyrighted on 20 May 1929 and used in the 1929 romance film Hearts in Exile, which is considered a lost film.

1929 recordings include those by Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra, Harold “Scrappy” Lambert, Henry Busse and his Orchestra (vocal: Burt Lorin), Sam Lanin Orchestra (vocal: Marvin Young), Pete Woolery, and Adrian Schubert and his Salon Orchestra (vocal: Scrappy Lambert). “Burt Lorin” is a pseudonym for Scrappy Lambert, so Lambert is the vocalist on three of the seven recordings included in the page. Most, if not all, of these recordings were released under the copyright title “Like a Breath of Spring-Time.” I’ve modified the spelling of the last word of the title to conform with modern usage. Here’s a link to the new page:

Like a Breath of Springtime

A verse is sung in the 15 September 1929 Scrappy Lambert recording, as well as in the Pete Woolery and Sam Browne recordings, preceding the chorus. I’d been unable to find the full verse online, so I made the following transcription on 22 March 2019:

Winter blows its breath on the low lands
Over every green covered glen
All in vain I’ve wandered the snow lands
Looking for the sunshine again, then…

Recordings included in the page::

  • Roy Ingraham and his Orchestra — recorded on 5 August 1929; issued on the 78 rpm single Brunswick 4544, b/w “Deep in the Arms of Love” (w.m. Lou Davis, Roy Ingraham)

Scrappy Lambert links: Wikipedia, JazzAge1920s.com, Discography of American Historical Recordings, Discogs.com, archive.org

audio file (4.9 MB, VBR MP3) from the Harold Scrappy Lambert Collection 1925-1935 at archive.org:

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  • Henry Busse and his Orchestra, vocal: Burt Lorin (pseudonym of Harold “Scrappy” Lambert) — recorded on 20 September 1920; issued 8 November 1929 the 78 rpm single Victor 22140, b/w “Since I Found You” (m. Ray Perkins, w. Herman Ruby) — In the UK, the recording was issued in January 1930 on the B-side of HMV B 5751, the A-side being a recording of “Sunny Side Up” by Johnny Hamp’s Kentucky Serenaders.
  • Sam Lanin Orchestra, vocal: Marvin Young (pseudonym of Irving Kaufman)– recorded on 26 September 1929 (Columbia matrix W149055); issued on the 10-inch 78 rpm single Harmony 1018-H, c/w “Melancholy”
  • Pete Woolery, accompanied by violin and piano — recorded on 9 October 1929 (Columbia matrix W149069); issued on Columbia 2004-D, c/w “Deep in the Arms of Love” (w.m. Lou Davis, Roy Ingraham)
  • Adrian Schubert and his Salon Orchestra, vocal: Harold “Scrappy” Lambert — recorded on 1 November 1929; issued on the following US singles (all except Banner 507, c/w the Irving Berlin song “To Be Forgotten”):

also issued on the French Pathé ‎label on the following single:

  • Sam Browne — issued on 30 October 1930 on the 78 rpm single (UK) Edison Bell Radio 1388, as the B-side of “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes” (m. Joe Burke, w. Al Dubin)

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Other recordings that I haven’t found yet include those by Dr. Eugene Ormandy’s Salon Orchestra, OKeh 41319, 17 September 1929; Debroy Somers Band, (UK) Columbia CB 90, 2 June 1930; as well as several others by British dance bands and vocalists.

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