0027 – Makin’ Whoopie
Sheet Music - PDF Download, 2 pages, intermediate advanced level
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Once again, I heard this song growing up, long before I started playing guitar, and started playing it in swing bands in San Francisco in the 1970’s. But I don’t remember working out a fingerstyle version until I worked it up as part of a trio arrangement when I played with Tony Marcus and Bob Wilson in the 1990’s. My solo version came after that. This one was written by one of the great songwriting teams of the golden era of American pop songs, Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson. It was popularised by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee! and has been with us ever since. Bing Crosby recorded it in the year it was written, to be followed by Nat Cole, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, and a host of others. Its silliness and charm are what made it a popular song, but that whimsical melody is carried along by a strong progression, and modern jazz musicians still like to play it.