Monday’s Music Moves Me: Eddie Cantor

You have Marie to blame thank for today’s topic. You might remember that my A to Z entry for Saturday was just a YouTube video of Eddie Cantor singing “Enjoy Yourself.” She commented and said that her husband actually said “Oh, I remember that one!” Well, I have eleven more for him to try and remember. These are all pretty short, so it won’t take that long to get through them.

  1. “Makin’ Whoopee” – from Whoopee! (1930).
  2. “If You Knew Susie” – from the movie of the same name (1948).
  3. “The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad” – from Show Business (1944).
  4. “Oh! Boy, What A Girl” – A single released in 1925, from the Ziegfeld musical Kid Boots.
  5. “My Wife Is On A Diet” – from the 1930 short Getting A Ticket.
  6. “Now That Girls Are Wearing Long Dresses” – from 1930’s Insurance.
  7. “When My Ship Comes In” – From Kid Millions (1934).
  8. “Okay Toots” – Also from Kid Millions.
  9. “Ma! He’s Making Eyes At Me!” from his radio show in 1944.
  10. “What Do I Want With Money?” – also from If You Knew Susie.
  11. “Laugh Your Way Through Life” – From Ali Baba Goes To Town (1937).

Here’s something you might not have known (it was news to me): Eddie started The March of Dimes. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who suffered from polio, had started the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 1938 to fight the disease. Eddie, playing off the name “The March of Time,” nicknamed it “The March of Dimes” and asked listeners to his radio show to send a dime to the President for the cause. The organization helped fund Jonas Salk’s research, which effectively cured polio, and now focuses on fighting infant mortality, birth defects, and premature birth. And FDR got his face on the dime.

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 30, 2018.

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24 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Eddie Cantor

    1. Ten cents went a lot further in those days, for certain, and I guess the response was pretty overwhelming. That was a great service to mankind, when you think about it.


  1. Hahahaha… thanks, John! I let Dave listen along with me for this one, but he got some of them, but not all. Great job my friend! Congrats to you too for making it to the end on A2Z!!! Woo Hoo… as they say everyone should learn something new every day and all I have to do is to come here!!! ~hahahaha~ You are just full of massive information!!! Have a great day my friend & don’t forget to update your Conductors… we have a new one after today.. her name is Alana and tomorrow we shall have an “Honorary Conductor” and that one is, (trumpet here please) “YOU” FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF MAY! Also, you need to give me another theme for the rest of the month… yep, it’s just one more.. the other two Mondays are freebies!!! WOO HOO! CONGRATS TO YOU!!!


  2. I scared myself by actually knowing many of these songs – of course, I’m of (ahem) a “certain age”. You come up with some of the most unusual posts – i always learn from you, and I am looking forward to your guest conducting! As for FDR – I’ve visited his Warm Springs, GA “White House” site, where he got treatment for his polio and where he died in 1945 – it’s a site I highly recommend for anyone interested in history.


  3. John,

    I’m running late so I have to catch up on your last few posts in the A2Z challenge. I kept thinking while I listened to your Eddie Cantor playlist that he reminds me of someone and then it hit me, he sounds like Jerry Lewis when he sings. Do you hear it? I recognize some of the songs you shared. This is an entertaining mewsic theme. These aren’t songs I can listen to all day but on occasion, it’s great fun that leaves me feeling a bit lighter and put a smile on my face. Thanks for drawing inspiration from Marie with your choice songs!


  4. There’s a bit in the Dick Van Dyke Show where Sally plays an opening chord and she and Buddy sing, “Making Whoopee” – to imply what a couple was doing alone together. Went completely over my head when I first saw it, but now that I know it was actually a song from 1930, the bit’s even funnier! Ah, the good old days when adult humor was family friendly. πŸ˜‰


    1. No surprise Buddy and Sally knew the song: it was a standard that everyone knew. Rose Marie and Morey Amsterdam were both talented performers. I mean, she had been performing since she was six and had her own radio show, and he was big on the Borscht Belt. One of my favorite Dick Van Dyke episodes was the one where Buddy and Sally were sneaking up to the Poconos to perform because they missed doing it, and Rob is convinced they’re having an affair. As you say, time was you could enjoy a show like that and not have to run the kids out of the room.


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