Original RCA Recording

My Blue HeavenPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Music by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by George Whiting , 1927
Orchestra conducted by Russ Case
with the Satisfiers
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recorded March 19, 1946   ~  Matrix No. D6VB-1699 Take 1 - 1A   NOT RELEASED
Perry Como ~ Book of the Month Club Edition, 1984

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Music, 1927

Popular songs: "Black and Tan Fantasy" by Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, 28, (who begins a 5-year engagement at New Yorkís Cotton Club) lyrics by "Bubber" Miller; "Me and My Shadow" by Al Jolson and pianist Dave Dreyer, 33, lyrics by Billy Rose; "Chloe" by Neil Moret, lyrics by Gus Kahn; "Diane" by Irving Rapee, lyrics by Lew Pollack to exploit the film Seventh Heaven; "Girl of My Dreams" by Sunny Clapp; "Ainít She Sweet" by Milton Ager, lyrics by Jack Yellen; "Iím Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" by Harry Woods, lyrics by Mort Dixon; "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" by composer Sammy Fain, 25, lyrics by Irving Kahal, Francis Wheeler; "My Blue Heaven" by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by George Whiting, 43; "íS Wonderful" and "Strike Up the Band" by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin; "Mississippi Mud" by Harry Barris of the Rhythm Boys (Barris, Al Rinker, and "crooner" Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, 26) who sing with Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, lyrics by James Cavanaugh; "The Song Is Ended But the Melody Lingers On" by Irving Berlin.

"My Blue Heaven" was introduced two years earlier in vaudeville by George Whiting, but it was not until Eddie Cantor interpolated it in the stage musical "Ziegfeld Follies of 1927"  that it attained popularity. Gene Austin's recording Victor sold over five million copies and was the all-time best seller until Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" fifteen years later. It was sung by Frances Langford in the motion picture "Never a Dull Moment" in 1943; heard in the motion picture "Moon Over Las Vegas" in 1944; sung as the title song in the motion picture "My Blue Heaven" by Betty Grable and Dan Dailey in 1950; heard in the background in the Ruth Etting Story "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955; Bob Crosby sang it in the motion picture "The Five Pennies" in 1959; and Fats Domino had a hit record for Imperial in 1956.

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