It was not a complicated or “innovative” song for its time, and it’s nostalgic rather than ground-breaking now. But it’s lovely, when performed soulfully. I present four sweet variations on the theme. I’ll wait, if you’d like to have some pineapple while you listen.
Bjarne “Liller” Pedersen sings with Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band, 1960:
Midge Williams with Miff Mole and his Orchestra:
Edythe Wright with Tommy Dorsey (glorious percussive commentaries from Dave Tough, a modernist interlude from Bud Freeman, and a three-trumpet passage that looks back to Bix and forwards to Bunny, who leads the trumpets, on January 19, 1937):
And the absolute master in March 1937 (this video provided by my friend Austin Casey) — Louis Armstrong accompanied by Andy Iona And His Islanders : Louis Armstrong; Sam Koki (steel guitar); George Archer, Harry Baty (guitar); Andy Iona (ukelele); Joe Nawahi (bass):
This post is for my friend Nick Rossi, who is enjoying the delights of mid-period Louis Armstrong.
May your happiness increase!