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Published on May 28, 2012
This song was written during a "craze" for dreamy, "orienta"l fox trots, the biggest seller around that time was the 1919 Dardanella, which was set in the Dardanelles, Greece. At this time, "Oriental" could refer to Asia, India, Turkey, etc. This Duo-Art piano roll is from 1920, when the song first became a hit. The chorus is an absolutely brilliant use of a melodic phrase played over and over, yet changing each time. The pianists listed are Morton and Mauder,