The Music Goes Round And Around

Album: Jazz Sides (1935)

Songfacts®:

  • According to Thomas Hischak in The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia, the 1935 jazz number "The Music Goes Round And Around" is "arguably the most successful nonsense song in the history of Tin Pan Alley." It is about the operation of a French horn. Written by Ed Farley and Mike Riley with lyrics by Red Hodgson, it was introduced by Riley and Farley's band at a New York night club. In one month it sold over two million copies of the sheet music; at one point, four companies were printing it. Many people have recorded the song, most notably Ella Fitzgerald; it was also done as a duet by Danny Kaye and Susan Gordon in the 1959 film The Five Pennies. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Though this novelty song's lyric is about playing the French horn, the song can be used for any instrument. Tommy Dorsey's hit version in 1936 did just that, with singer Edythe Wright joking around with the various soloists and then the whole band sings along with the chorus.

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