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Do You Know This Song?

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Too much time has passed.  This question is similar to the previous one.  In fact, it was another Jerome Kern song.  In 1927, Kern teamed with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein on a Broadway show called "Show Boat", based on the Edna Ferber novel.  They needed a song for the character Julie LaVerne to sing that would remind her of her former husband.  Kern remembered a song that he had written with English writer P.G.Wodehouse some years earlier for a show called "Oh Lady!, Lady!".  The song had been pulled from the show because it was deemed to be too melancholy.  For "Show Boat", it would be just right.  The song is called "Bill" and it became the signature song for Helen Morgan, who sang it in the 1936 movie version of "Show Boat".   Oscar Hammerstein may have changed some of the lyrics, but he always insisted that Wodehouse receive credit for the song.

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By the way, Wodehouse wrote the stories about Jeeves, the "Gentleman's Gentleman".


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