Harry Richman, known for introducing the popular Irvin Berlin tune "Puttin' On the Ritz
" a couple years earlier, gushes about the thrills of a passing parade in this upbeat marching song from songwriting duo Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Arlen, who went on to compose classics like the Wizard of Oz
number "Over The Rainbow
," spent most of the '30s writing songs for musical revues at the Cotton Club, a famous hotspot in Harlem that welcomed some of the biggest black entertainers of the era. "I Love A Parade" debuted in Rhythmania
, the first show with Duke Ellington taking over the house band. The revue also introduced another popular Arlen/Koehler collaboration: "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea."
Popular recordings followed from country singer Frank Luther, backed by Arden-Ohman Orchestra, and Harry Richman.