“My Blue Heaven” Performed By Fats Dominio (1956), Gene Austin (1927) & Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra (1935)

November 21, 2011

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#5 R&B, #19 Pop

This cover version by Fats Domino was issued as the B-Side of “I’m In Love Again,” making the record a two-sided hit!

But before Fats had a hit with “My Blue Heaven it had been a number one hit three decades earlier!

In 1928, “My Blue Heaven” became a huge hit on Victor 20964-A for crooner Gene Austin, accompanied by the Victor Orchestra as directed by Nat Shilkret; it charted for 26 weeks, stayed at #1 for 13, and sold over five million copies becoming one of the best selling singles of all time. Victor 20964-A was recorded on September 14, 1927 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978; the recording was reissued as Victor 24573 and has been reissued on several commercially available CDs. (SOURCE)

Although covered by many artists before and after — the next big hit recording of “My Blue Heaven” was by Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra in 1935.

My Blue Heaven was composed by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by George A. Whiting

The music for “My Blue Heaven” was written in 1924: “Donaldson wrote it one afternoon at the Friars Club in New York while waiting for his turn at the billiard table.” The song was written while Donaldson was under contract to Irving Berlin, working for Berlin’s publishing company, Irving Berlin Inc. George Whiting wrote lyrics adapted for Donaldson’s music, and for a while, performed it in his vaudeville act; three years later, Tommy Lyman started singing it on the radio as his theme song. (SOURCE)

I was trying for figure out which of these top three hit versions of “My Blue Heaven” that I liked best — but it’s a very tough choice. All three are performed in styles relevant to the decades of their release,  and all three do a great job exemplifying popular, swing,  and rock and roll respectively. Until I decide I’d love to know your favorite of the three versions presented here, so won’t you please vote below?!


Musically Yours,

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