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Paul Whiteman - My Blue Heaven (1927)

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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)

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