Music by: Fred C. Swan
Lyrics by: Swan
Cover artist: Unknown
Not only can roses be given in love, it seems they give in return. Roses
seem to bring things to us and among them are memories. The song is a
beautiful, somewhat melancholy waltz that expresses someone's love for
another. It is quite a nice song.
The beautiful young lady's picture on the cover is signed Iona Mc Graw,
Mc Grane or Mc Graue. In any event, she was obviously a performer associated
with the song but she seems to be long forgotten, at least in the references
I have available. Perhaps someone out there can shed some light on her
career for us.
Fred C. Swan is almost as elusive but we did find that Swan wrote a number
of other songs, among them are Perhaps (1919), Rose Of My Dreams
(1919), There's No Friends Like The Old Friends (date unkn.) and
I'm In Love With The Rose Of My Dreams (date unkn.). Clearly Swan
was fixated with roses himself for 60% of his songs revolved around the
Music by: Herbert Ingraham
Lyrics by: Ingraham
Cover artist: Starmer
Another thing that roses often bring are dreams, at least according to
Ingraham and here again we have a wonderfully tender ballad that sings
the praises of love and love lost. The song tells of a lover who was not
true to another and how the jilted one cannot rid herself/himself of the
memories of the lost love.
The cover on this work is one that is simple yet very elegant in its
layout, use of a pleasing font and the simple beauty of the roses. Though
only a few colors are used, the cover artist, Starmer, has shown his exceptional
talent in bringing us a wonderful example of cover art. The gentleman
in the inset photo is none other than Thomas J. Quigley. Who was he? I
have no idea other than another of the many performers of the day who
are lost to us now.
Herbert Ingraham (1883 - 1910) has fared somewhat better over time and
we do know a little about him. Ingraham was born in Aurora, Illinois in
1893 and was considered a musical prodigy early in life. As a child he
conducted his own theatrical company and organized an orchestra in Chicago.
He moved to New York and became a staff composer for Shapiro, Bernstein
& Co. and was on his way to spectacular success when he contracted
tuberculosis and he died at only 27. In the last year of his life, he
had several hits including, All That I Ask Of You Is Love, You Are
The Ideal of My Dreams and Good-by Rose. Roses Bring Dreams
of You was one of his greatest hits and a couple of comedy songs;
Because I'm Married and Hoo-oo! Ain't You Coming Out Tonight?
His untimely death ended a very promising career.
Music by: Robert Levenson, Jack Mendelsohn
Lyrics by: Levenson & Mendelsohn
Cover artist: W.M. Fisher
Here we have another song about a lover named Rose who roamed away from
someone's life. I'm beginning to wonder about these Roses, they seem to
have a propensity for loving and leaving! Regardless, this is a warm,
melodic waltz time ballad that must have enjoyed great success when it
The team of Levenson and Mendelsohn are two names that appear somewhat
frequently throughout the golden age of song. In spite of that, little
can be found that illuminates their lives for us. Among Levenson's greatest
hit was the 1918 war song, My Belgian Rose and his 1919 work, In
The Sweet Bye and Bye. In addition, our next song featured was one
of Levinson's "rose" songs also. Mendelsohn's hits include the
Rose from 1919.
Music by: Bernard Eyges
Lyrics by: Robert Levenson
Cover artist: unknown
The cover of this work is rather plain, done in only a three color process,
it hasn't much depth or impact. Regardless, the music within is well worth
hearing. An upbeat song in cut time, it is a nice change of pace from
some of the sad songs we have heard up till now. Written by one of Boston
radio's early pioneers, who wrote this song while working his way through
college, it should get you to tapping your toes.
Eyges (1893 - 1994) Shown here at the piano with
his band, circa 1925, Eyges came to America with his parents (who had
first emigrated to England, where Bernard was born) in 1902. An industrious
lad, Bernard worked his way through college in Boston by playing piano,
singing and writing his own songs. Around 1923, he formed a band called
Bernie's Bunch and managed get his group a gig on WGI, Boston's first
radio station. Bernard realized that radio was one way to gain a larger
audience and he was right; the group became quite popular. Unfortunately,
in 1925 WGI went bankrupt and Bernie's Bunch found themselves unemployed.
The members of the band went their separate ways and Bernard was hired
to sing on another station, WNAC, first as a solo act and later as a duo
with Jack Flynn. In 1926, Bernard formed another group, the "Eyges
Entertainers." This group performed on Boston's WNAC from 1926 to
27. Bernard married his dear Jennie about this time and they started a
family. Eyges was actually a lawyer by schooling and began to spend more
time on being a lawyer to suppport his family. He continued to perform
in and around Boston at various clubs with the "Bernard Eyges Orchestra"
on weekends well into the 1930's. He ultimately abandoned his musical
career to devote himself to his legal career. Besides his Woodlad Rose
in 1918, he wrote other songs with lyricist Robert Levenson, including
the 1925 Drifting 'Neath the Silver Moon. Eyges died in 1994
at the mature age of 101! (Biographical details and photo
provided by Donna
Halper, Contributing Editor, Boston
We know little about Levenson, other than these two songs.
Music by: Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by: Gus Kahn
Cover artist: Starmer
Once again, Starmer blesses us with a simple yet elegant cover using
minimal artwork. This bunch of roses is very similar to those seen above
on Roses Bring Dreams of You but is somewhat different. Clearly
though, Starmer had captured the essence of roses in his art and recycled
his ideas just as songwriters often did, and continue to do. The song
begins with a rather up-tempo 6/8 introduction and then moves directly
into a wonderful waltz time ballad. The composer and lyricist of this
song were among the superstars of popular music of the time and the quality
of this work shows why. It is definitely a cut above the common.
Gus Kahn (1886 - 1941) is one of America's greatest lyricists. Born in
Coblenz, Germany, his family came to the USA and settled in Chicago in
1891. He worked mostly in non-music related jobs but persisted in seeking
outlets for his song lyrics. His first song was published in 1907 and
after that, he concentrated on writing lyrics for vaudeville performers
in Chicago first, then in New York in the 1920's. In 1933, he moved to
California and focused on writing for movies. The many eminent composers
he teamed with over his long career include, Isham Jones, Walter Donaldson
(My Buddy) , Egbert Van Alstyne, George Gershwin and Ernie Erdman
(Toot -Toot -Tootsie). Many of his songs have become standards
with Pretty Baby (1916) being perhaps the most notable. Other standards
by Kahn include, Carolina In The Morning (1922), Makin' Whoopee,
1928 and Liza (1928). His movie biography, I'll See You In My
Dreams (1951) starring Danny Thomas and Doris day is an engrossing
story that is filled with many of his hits. Kahn died in Beverly Hills
The Twilight Comes To Kiss The Rose "Good-Night"
Music by: Henry W. Petrie
Lyrics by: Robert F. Roden
Cover artist: Starmer
Now comes the time to say "good-night" as this is our last
song this month. This song is a large work by none other than the composer
of the still popular Asleep In The Deep, a German version (Des
Seemanns Los) of which was featured in our March,
2001 feature . It is a very decorative work with plenty of arpeggiated
chords and other embellishments and is reflective of much of the popular
music's style of that period.
Henry W. Petrie (1857 - 1925) was born in Bloomington, Illinois and enjoyed
a successful career as a popular composer. His first published song, I'm
Mamma's Little Girl was written in 1894. Most of his hits came earlier
in his career and none have matched the staying power of Asleep In
The Deep which premiered in 1898 with the Haverly Minstrels. In 1894,
Petrie published a song titled, I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard
which was a huge hit. The following year he tried to "answer"
his own hit with You Can't Play In Our Yard Anymore; it flopped.
Asleep in the Deep , with lyricist Arthur Lamb was a colossal hit
and immediately became a "war horse" for bass singers. It is
still quite popular today and bass singers love to slide down the scale
on the word "beware". Petrie wrote some additional "water"
songs, perhaps again to capitalize on "Asleep" including At
The Bottom Of The Deep Blue Sea (1900) and Out Where The Billows
Roll High in 1901 (also in our March, '01 feature, see above link).
Petrie died in Paw Paw, Michigan in 1925.
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