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"Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" (Art Landry, 1925)

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2008

A.K.A., "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?"

A hallmark tune of the mid-twenties by Ray Henderson, Sam Lewis and Joe Young--Art Landry's Orchestra performs with singer Denny "Dinty" Curtis:

FIVE FOOT TWO, EYES OF BLUE

Five foot two, eyes of blue,
oh, what those five feet could do:
has anybody seen my gal?

Turned-up nose, turned-down hose
Flapper? Yes sir, one of those
Has anybody seen my gal?

Well, if you run into a five-foot-two
covered with fur,
Diamond rings, all those things,
Bet your life it isn't her

But could she love, could she coo!
Cootchie-cootchie-cootchie coo!
Has anybody seen my gal?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Quoth Wiki:

Has Anybody Seen My Gal?" was a popular song of the 1920s, first recorded by The California Ramblers in 1925, on their self-titled album The California Ramblers. The simple, four-verse song remained popular during and after World War II and has endured as a representation of 1920's culture and of the experiences of a soldier coming home after an extended military stay.

The song has been covered by many artists, including Mitch Miller and actress/model/designer Milla Jovovich in a cover called "Has Anybody Seen My Girl? [1], and was used as the theme song for The Ina Ray Hutton Show in the 1950's.[2]

Because songs of that era were often passed on and performed without being truly recorded, there are conflicting sources on who originally composed "Has Anybody Seen My Gal?", as the song went through many adjustments and had lyrics and verses added or removed several times. Some sources credit Percy Weinrich (music) and Jack Mahoney (lyrics) [3] as writing the song in 1914, but for the song in its most popular form, credit is given to Ray Henderson (music) and two lyricists - Samuel M. Lewis and Joseph Widow Young - usually credited with writing the version that was recorded by The California Ramblers in 1925.



More on songwriter Ray Henderson from Wiki:

Ray Henderson (December 1, 1896--December 31, 1970), was an American songwriter.

Born Raymond Brost in Buffalo, New York, Henderson moved to New York City and became a popular composer in Tin Pan Alley. He was one third of a successful songwriting and music publishing team with Lew Brown and Buddy De Sylva from 1925 through 1930, responsible for several editions of the revue called George White's Scandals and such book musicals as Good News, Hold Everything!, and Follow Thru. After De Sylva's departure, Henderson continued to write with Brown through 1933, then worked with other partners.

Henderson's biggest hit songs included "That Old Gang of Mine", "Annabelle" (both 1923), "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue", "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (all 1925), "The Varsity Drag" (1927), "You're The Cream In My Coffee" (1928), "Button Up Your Overcoat", "You Are My Lucky Star" "I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We All", "Keep Your Sunny Side Up" (1929), "The Thrill Is Gone", and "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries" (1931).

Henderson also worked as an accompanist to song and dance acts in Vaudeville. His last Broadway show was a resuscitation of the Ziegfeld Follies,one of several put on after Ziegfeld's death. Henderson's, in 1943, had the longest run of any Follies at 553 performances.

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