The Maine "Stein Song" has its origins with undergraduate Adelbert Sprague. In 1902, while working in Bar Harbor, Sprague heard a march called "Opie
," and composed the "Stein Song" melody based on the German composition. Sprague then gave the music to his roommate, Lincoln Colcord, who wrote the now familiar words. Later, Sprague joined the UMaine faculty and chaired the Department of Music. Colcord went on to sail around the world, and was an author of sea stories.
The current version of the song was written by Rudy Vallée, who was also a UMaine student, from 1921-2 before transferring to Yale. In 1929, as the host of the Fleischman Radio Hour on NBC, he introduced the song to the American public, and recorded it on Victor the following year (backed by "St Louis Blues") with a stepped-up tempo and a few word changes. It became his biggest hit, and was the number one song in America for eight straight weeks in 1930 for him and his Connecticut Yankees, and this at the height of Prohibition! It is said to have sold 350,000 copies of the sheet music and half a million records. On the disc, the song is credited to a misspelled Fentad, Colcord and Vallée.