Makin' Whoopee Last updated January 04, 2019
Makin' Whoopee" is a jazz/ blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical . Whoopee! Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics and Walter Donaldson composed the music for the song as well as for the entire musical.
The title is a euphemism for
sexual intimacy, and the song has been called a "dire warning", largely to men, about the "trap" of marriage.  "Makin' Whoopee" begins with the celebration of a  wedding, honeymoon and marital bliss, but moves on to babies and responsibilities, and ultimately on to affairs and possible divorce, ending with a judge's advice. Other versions George Olsen and His Music. Released by Victor on November 12, 1928 as catalog number 21816-A. Vocal refrain by Fran Frey. The King Cole Trio recorded the song August 7, 1947 in Los Angeles (2139-3 (Capitol 10101, 1669)).   Bing Crosby recorded the song on December 22, 1928 with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.   Doris Day recorded the song in a duet with Danny Thomas in November 1951. It was released on the 10" soundtrack-LP by I'll See You in My Dreams Columbia Records as catalog number CL-6198 on December 14, 1952. Conductor: Paul Weston. She recorded a new version in November 1958. It was released on the LP  by Cuttin' Capers Columbia Records as catalog number CS-8078 (stereo) and CL-1232 (mono) on March 9, 1959. Conductor: Frank De Vol.  Frank Sinatra. Released on the LP by Songs For Swingin' Lovers Capitol Records as catalog number W-653 in 1956.  Louis Armstrong. Released as a bonus track on the CD Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson Dinah Washington. Released on the LP by The Swingin' Miss "D" EmArcy Records as catalog number MG 36104 in 1956. Arranger and conductor: Quincy Jones. Producer: Bob Shad.  Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Released on the double LP Ella and Louis Again by Verve as catalog number MGV 4006-2 and reissued in 2006 on a 2 CD-set as Verve 0602517036918. Ella Fitzgerald. Recorded at the Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on November 24, 1958. It was released on the LP by Ella Fitzgerald Sings Sweet Songs for Swingers Verve Records as catalogue number VS-6072 (stereo) and V-4032 (mono) in 1959. Arranger and conductor was Frank De Vol. Bill Doggett recorded an instrumental version on his 1959 album Big City Dance Party, King Records KS-641. Marlene Dietrich performed the song on her 1959 live album . Dietrich in Rio The McGuire Sisters recorded the song on their 1960 album "His and Hers." Don Lusher, Orchestra directed by Pete Moore. Released on the LP Makin' Whoopee by CBS Records as catalog number 63021 in 1967. Gerry Mulligan performed a version with Chet Baker in 1953, and then performed it live with Jon Eardley in 1954. Harry Nilsson performed the song on his 1973 album A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night. Hawkeye Pierce. It was played on a gramophone at the Swamp and partially sung by Hawkeye Pierce ( Alan Alda) at the end of an episode of titled " M*A*S*H Dear Dad... Three".  Dr. John and Rickie Lee Jones performed "Makin' Whoopee" on Dr. John's album . It was released by In a Sentimental Mood Warner Bros. Records as catalog number 9 25889-2 (CD) and 9 25889-1, 1-25889 (LP) in 1989. Michelle Pfeiffer sang "Makin' Whoopee", sprawled over a piano in a red evening dress, in the 1989 film . The Fabulous Baker Boys  Cyndi Lauper covered the song as a duet with Tony Bennett on her 2003 studio album . At Last Ray Charles sang a humorous version of "Makin Whoopee" live while playing the piano. Rachael MacFarlane released it on her debut album Hayley Sings. Elton John performs on the Best Buy 2004 Christmas CD " Sweet Tracks" Amanda Palmer released her version on the 2011 album " Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under" In advertising
Pepsi used the melody of "Makin' Whoopee" with new lyrics, sung by Joanie Sommers, for its advertising campaign "Now It's Pepsi -- For Those Who Think Young" starting in 1961.  References ↑ "Whoopee". Merriam-Webster. Webster.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27 . Retrieved . 2006-10-08 ↑ Holden, Stephen (April 19, 2002). "Crooning About the Woes of Whoopee". The New York Times . Retrieved . 2006-10-08 A review of a James Naughton cabaret performance. "Mr. Naughton pounces on the dire warning to men lurking beneath the song's playful surface: that once the honeymoon is over, marriage can become a trap from which there is no escape." ↑ Cool Cole, The King Cole Trio Story, Proper Records, 2001 ↑ Nature Boy, Nat King Cole, Living Era, 2003 ↑ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby . Retrieved . April 30, 2017 ↑ 10CD-set Bing Crosby, CD 1 Early Bing Vol. 1, Mebran Music Ltd. (2008), ISBN 978-3-86860-027-8 ↑ "Music . DorisDayTribute.com. 1951-12-14 | Original Columbia LP "I'll See You In My Dreams" [1951 ]" . Retrieved . 2015-10-25 ↑ "Music . DorisDayTribute.com. 1959-03-09 | Original Columbia LP "Cuttin' Capers" [1959 ]" . Retrieved . 2015-10-25 ↑ "Frank Sinatra Album List. Sinatrafamily.com : Release Date Ascending" . Retrieved . 2015-10-25 ↑ "Mercury Records Discography: 1956". Jazzdisco.org . Retrieved . 2015-10-25 ↑ ". IMDb.com "M*A*S*H" Dear Dad.... Three (TV episode 1973)" . Retrieved . 2015-10-25 ↑ "The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)". Internet Movie Database . Retrieved . 2015-10-25 ↑ "Pepsi-Cola Uses Old 'Whoopee' Hit as Jingle Theme". . 1961-02-13. p. Billboard Music Week 36 . Retrieved . 2016-11-17
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