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Published on Apr 11, 2010
"MY BLUE HEAVEN" Music by Walter Donaldson Lyrics by George Whiting Performed by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra Recorded July 6, 1927, New York Victor 20828
Personnel: Henry Busse, Red Nichols - trumpets Wilbur Hall, trombone, Jack Fulton, Tommy Dorsey - Trombones Max Farley, Chester Hazlett, Hal McLean, Jimmy Dorsey? - reeds Charles Strickfaden - alto sax, baritone sax Kurt Dieterle, Mischa Russell,Mario Perry, Matt Malneck - violins Harry Perella - piano Mike Pingitore - banjo John Sperzel - tuba Harold MacDonald - drums Jack Fulton, Chester Gaylord, Austin Young, Bing Crosby, Al Rinker - vocals
Walter Donaldson wrote this song in 1925 at the Friars Club while waiting for a billiards game to begin. Donaldson played the tune for vaudeville star George Whiting, who was so enthusiastic that he begged to write the lyric. Whiting performed the song but it would not catch on. Later in 1927, Tommy Lyman sang it on the radio and then Gene Austin recorded the song for Victor. That recording and Austin's covers of the song sold more than 5 million copies. (notes from "The American Songbook: the singers, the songwriters, and the songs" by Ken Bloom)