Makin' Whoopie

Album: Best of Eddie Cantor (1928)

Songfacts®:

  • "Makin' Whoopee" became one of Eddie Cantor's all-time popular hits, and according to Don Tyler in Hit Songs 1900-1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era, it is about "the dangers of married life." Whoopee was a 1928 Broadway show set in California. The song has retained it popularity, and has been used in many films including Sleepless In Seattle, in which it was performed by Dr John.
  • Walter Donaldson composed the music, and Gus Kahn supplied the lyrics. >>
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  • Michelle Pfeiffer famously donned a red dress and crooned this song in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) while perched atop Jeff Bridges' grand piano.
  • Sometimes this is performed as a duet. Doris Day and Danny Thomas recorded it for their 1951 movie I'll See You In My Dreams; Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong covered it for their 1957 duets album, Ella and Louis Again; and Cyndi Lauper teamed with Tony Bennett on a version for her 2003 album, At Last.
  • Frank Sinatra recorded a swinging rendition for his 1956 album, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 18th, 1957, the CBS-TV network's 'The Big Record Show' had its national debut {it was the network's answer to ABC-TV's 'American Bandstand'}...
    The show's hostess was Patti Page and it lasted for one season with 35 episodes...
    Eddie Cantor performed "Makin' Whoopee!" on the show; he first introduced the song twenty-nine years earlier in the 1928 Broadway musical 'Whoopee!'...
    Mr. Cantor, Edward Israel Iskowitz, passed away on October 10th, 1964 at the age of 72...
    May he R.I.P.
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