Quite a while back, now, I shared photos of part of my vintage sheet music collection and I mentioned that one of my plans was to learn some of the songs that had uke accompaniment and make videos of them as a challenge. And then I never did anything about it. But I've finally recorded the first video for my 'challenge' and I wanted to share it on here.
I'm not what you'd call a fan of Al Jolson but this song, written by Billy Rose & Dave Dreyer in 1928 is very cute and sweet. Despite the sad state of the sheet music itself, I love this particular piece for its bold orange background, the variety of fantastic typography and, in fact, even its shabby state is appealing.
As you can see from the text, this song was recorded for The Singing Fool (which I've not seen) which you can read about here. I couldn't find footage of the song in the film, though, but there is a recording of it below my own video.
Without further ado, here is my own rendition of There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder...
And, for reference, one of Jolson's recordings of the song (I believe this would be his original recording from 1928). It has a really great whistle solo.
If this challenge idea is interesting to anyone else, I might continue posting them here. And maybe think of a more concise name for the challenge as well!
Andi B. Goode