Frankie Trumbauer also recorded a nice version of “Happy Feet,” as I recall. Cab Calloway, too. But Whiteman’s was the best. Wasn’t the tune a big set-piece in Whiteman’s King of Jazz film, in 1930? That movie sure needs to be restored and put on dvd. Haven’t seen it in over 20 years.
I Want A Dancing Man from 1914
Wow! Still sounds good. Grampa may have listened to this one in WWI.
There’s a restoration all ready to be done. A nice print of the 1930 release has been found. (What a tragedy that a complete Technicolor camera negative doesn’t exist! Fortunately, the camera negative for “Whoopee” exists. I.e., black-and-white film with the red/green on alternate frames, which is what came out of the camera.) A good set of disks is also in the hands of the restorers.
The project needs money. I’m surprised there hasn’t been some crowd-funding effort.