This was recorded on September 21st 1932 by Arthur Lally and his orchestra, with a Xylophone solo by Rudy Starita. The song is sung by Al Bowlly.
Although Stan was in England with Oliver in the summer of 1932 they had returned to the USA by the time of this recording, even though they had visited the studios. He wrote the following letter by hand to a friend from the Hal Roach Studios on September 20th - supersonic travel was not something enjoyed then:
Hal E. Roach Studio,
CULVER CITY. CALIF.
U.S.A. Sept. 20th '32.
Yeello Bill [Jacobs]!
I met Dave Beekler in N.Y. He gave me your address - wish you would drop in at the studio - would love to see you. Am starting a new picture tomorrow, come & have lunch with me - any way -
all news when I see you -
Yours as ever:-
On September 21st 1932 Laurel and Hardy began filming "Their First Mistake" released November 5th 1932.
Would have been nice to think that it was Stan!
Composer: T. Marvin Hatley (ASCAP/BMI)
[original arrangement by Leroy Shield, credited in the copyright notice.]
In 1932, lyrics were added for the piece, now called "Dance of the Cuckoos", which was played by the London Symphony Orchestra. The lyrics were by Harry Steinberg.
1. Dance of the Cuckoos (Hatley, Steinberg, Laurel, Hardy) Rudy Starita, xylophone and orchestra directed by Arthur Lally, with vocals by Al Bowlly. Recorded 29 September 1932. Decca F3186.
2. With ARTHUR LALLY AND HIS ORCHESTRA.
London, September 21, 1932.
GB-4919-2 Dance Of The Cuckoos Dec F-3186