This post is devoted to one of my favorite songs — even though I stopped setting my alarm clock almost two months ago. But I send it out for all of you who still have to obey the summons. And if you are newly freed from such tyrannies, the song continues to be charming.
I saw in my online research into this song — music and lyrics by Herman Hupfeld (best known now for AS TIME GOES BY, less so for LET’S PUT OUT THE LIGHTS AND GO TO SLEEP, NIGHT OWL, or SING SOMETHING SIMPLE) — that I’d written about it in 2015, but there are now new versions on YouTube, so I propose this blogpost as an improvement rather than plagiarizing from myself. Here’s my favorite Thirties version, led by Adrian Rollini, with possibly Bunny Berigan, Al Philburn, Pee Wee Russell, Arthur Rollini, Fulton McGrath, Dick McDonough, Art Miller, Herb Weil, Red McKenzie:
I don’t have any personnel for this version. Possibly a Gene Kardos group?
and a British version that includes the verse:
We move out of the Thirties for a 2008 version featuring Marty Grosz, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, Vince Giordano, Rob Garcia:
And to return to the song’s inception, it comes from a film delightfully titled MOONLIGHT AND PRETZELS. Evidence herewith.
and the relevant film clip — homage to Mister Berkeley:
Whatever your circumstances, may that other sock not elude you, and I hope your colleagues treat you kindly and with respect where you make your living.
May your happiness increase!