Words and Music by Jack Lawrence, Guy Hall & Henry Kleinkauf
Some Of The Best Recordings
Heard On Screen
Panic In The Streets
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The Story Behind The Song
This was originally a 16 bar instrumental written and copyrighted in 1917 when I was 5 years old, by Hall and Kleinkauf. It had been long forgotten until Glenn Miller found it and recorded a great swinging version. The publisher called me in and asked if I would take a shot at turning it into a proper song with lyrics.
I added a verse and a middle part which the original had never had. When I wrote this in 1940 there were a lot of silly lyric ditties that were popular, like Mairzy Doats, etc. So I wrote my lyric as a series of funny sounds: Hep hep, juke juke, zoom zoom, etc. The silly song caught on, had many swing recordings and a fun version by Pearly Bailey.
Yes, it made the Hit Parade and was also included in an MGM film still being shown today with Fred Astaire and my dear friend, Jane Powell: "Royal Wedding."
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