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Joseph C. Smith - Alice Blue Gown (1920)

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Uploaded on Oct 28, 2010

Alice Blue Gown
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Music by Harry Tierney
from the musical comedy "Irene"
Performed by Joseph C. Smith's Orchestra
Recorded October 5, 1920
Victor 18700

Alice blue is a pale tint of azure that was favored by Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and which sparked a fashion sensation in the United States. The hit song "Alice Blue Gown", inspired by Longworth's signature gown, premiered in the 1919 Broadway musical Irene. "Irene" opened on Broadway November 19, 1919 and ran 670 performances. The cast included Edith Day, Walter Regan, Bobbie Watson, Eva Puck, Dorothy Walters and Gladys Miller. In April 1920, Edith Day left the cast to join the London version of the show.

The musical was made into a film in 1940 starring Anna Neagle and Ray Milland.

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