Sunday, June 1, 2014

One of the nice things about sheet music is it usually has a verse, sometimes two, as well as he melody/refrain we are all familiar with.   Today I was looking at a song called THE GIRL IN THE LITTLE GREEN HAT.    The credits are given to Jack Scholl, Bradford Browne, and Max Rich and  Bibo-Lang, Inc. published it.  I found very little information about any of these writer/composers.

JACK SCHOLL was born in 1903 and died in 1988.  He collaborated with Eubie Blake, a wonder pianist.   Another of Scholl's songs might be familiar to you, "Throw Another Log On The Fire."   
MAX RICH was born in 1897 and died in 1970
BRADFORD BROWNE -  his bio was nonexistent. 

Apparently the song, The Girl In The Little Green Hat was part of the production of "Mrs. Henderson Presents" which featured Judi Dench .

THE GIRL IN THE LITLE GREEN HAT

Listen to the breezes in the tresses,
Harken to the grass upon the lawn, 
Listen to the mices in the pantry,
Harken to the breaking of the dawn.

Ooh! Ooh! Heavens above!  Aah! Aah! I'm in love.
Harken to the breaking of the dawn.

There's a lake in the park, 
There's a house by the  lake,
There's a girl in the house in the park by the lake;
And the girl in the house by the lake in the park, 
Is THE GIRL IN THE LITTLE GREEN HAT.

And tonight after eight, that's when I've got a date
When the moon's riding high and the stars light the sky,
With the girl in the house by the lake in the park, 
THE GIRL IN THE LITTLE GREEN HAT.

There's no water in the lake, there's no roof upon the house,
No tresses in the park at all
But she'll wait beside the lake, 
I'll be welcome at her house
I'll meet her by the garden wall.
There's a ship on the lake
There's a sailor on the shore
There's a girl in his arms,she's the girl I adore,
So goodbye to the house by the lake in the park
And THE GIRL IN THE LITLE GREEN HAT.

There's a storm on the lake, 
There's a ship in the storm
There's a girl on the ship in the storm on the lake
And the girl on the lake on the ship in the storm is
THE GIRL IN THE LITTLE GREEN HAT

As the ship starts to dip, she is losing her grip,
Ev'ry dip makes her tip, not the girl but the ship,
But the girl on the ship has the pip from the trip
THE GIRL IN THE LITTLE GREEN HAT.

She's been sailing quite enough, she's been clinging to the rail,
She's dying to be home once more,
'Cause the lake is rather rough, And the girls is rather pale,
She's glad to ger her feet on shore.
Ah, she gave up the ship
And the captain and his men
For a round ticket trip to my arms once again.
Now I'm back in the park at the house by the lake, 
with THE GIRL WITH THE LITTLE GREEN HAT.

A lot of the music in the thirties was  "fox trot-y" .  (A lot more was 3/4 time)
I hope you'll go to your search engine and listen to this bouncy tune.    The words are kind of silly, but we had been through WWI and the depression, were not yet envisioning WWII.   

Scholl and Schenck (pronounced Shank"  were engaged to perform for Florenz Ziegfeld and Charles B. Dillingham when their original entertainment, a "trained but temperamental" chimpanzee failed to show up.   Following that they were featured in Zeigfeld shows.   They were well know and successful recording artists with such songs as "Hawaiian Sunshine",  "Yaddie Kaddie Kiddie Koo", For Me And My Gal" and "Dance And Grow Thin".   The wrote and performed a lot of their own music including "Mulberry Rose", "The Red Headed Gal", Promise Me Everything, Never Get Anything".  

After Schenck died Sholl worked solo in vaudeville and radio;  was on Broadway in a musical comedy with W. C. Fields.  He did some movie work, and eventually starred in "Gus Van's Garden Party"   which was a ten minute comedy  He was president of the American Guild of Variety Artists.

Gus Van died injuries after being struck by a car.  



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