Friday, March 12, 2021

100 years ago: Eddie Cantor “Margie” hit #1


Eddie Cantor

Writer(s): Benny Davis and Con Conrad (lyrics), J. Russell Robinson (music) (see lyrics here)

First Charted: February 5, 1921

Peak: 15 US, 12 GA (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): --

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, -- video, -- streaming


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About the Song:

This song started life as an instrumental SM by Joseph Russell Robinson, a ragtime pianist with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. They introduced the song in 1920 in a medley with “Singin’ the Blues.” WK Their recording reached #9 and remained in print continuously for sixty years. DJ

Lyrics were added later by pianist Con Conrad and songwriter Benny Davis, SM both of whom were vaudeville performers. It was inspired by Marjorie Cantor, the five-year-old daughter of Eddie Cantor but it is not actually a love song to a little girl, but the singer’s girlfriend. He can’t stop thinking about her and wants the world to know. TY2

The most popular version was by Eddie Cantor, who incorporated the song into his Broadway revue The Midnight Rounders and took it to #1 in 1921. There were other charted versions by Gene Rodemich’s Orchestra (#7, 1920), Ted Lewis (#4, 1921), Frank Crumit (#7, 1921), Claude Hopkins (#5, 1934), and Don Redman (#15, 1939). PM

The song has been used in several movies including Margie in 1940 and 1946. It was also in Stella Dallas (1937), Hit Parade of 1941 (1940), The Eddie Cantor Story (1953), The Drowning Pool (1975), and The Cat’s Meow (2001). It became a jazz standard recorded by Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jim Reeves, Jo Stafford, Slim Whitman, and others. WK


First posted 1/28/2023.

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