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Lardner’s Music

-Chronological Order-


Updated 25 January 2006

1910 | 1911 | 1913 | 1916 | 1917 | 1919 | 1929 | 1930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The following is an incomplete listing of Lardner's musical output. Any help filling in the blanks would be appreciated:  stopping@swmich.edu
Please note: B&L refers to the Bruccoli and Layman bibliography.

 

   

1910

"Little Puff of Smoke,Goodnight: A Southern Croon"

Words by R.W. Lardner, Music by G. Harris (Doc) White

Sheetmusic: First Edition, 1910 Victor Kremer Co., Chicago [B&L B1]
Varient ads (2) on page 6 may indicate different printings
Second Edition, 1916 Howard Rossiter Co., Chicago

"My Old Kentucky Home--Good Night"

Based on contract in Newberry between Lardner and T.B. Harms & Francis Day & Hunter, dated 18 April 1910. No evidence of publication exists.
(
B&L Note 2, page 137)

 

"I Wonder What My Stomach Thinks of Me"

Based on contract in Newberry between Lardner and T.B. Harms & Francis Day & Hunter, dated 18 April 1910. No evidence of publication exists.
(B&L Note 2, page 137)


"Swanie Swanson"

Based on contract in Newberry between Lardner and T.B. Harms & Francis Day & Hunter, dated 18 April 1910. No evidence of publication exists.
(B&L Note 2, page 137)

 

 

 





1911

"Gee! It’s A Wonderful Game"

Words by R.W. Lardner, Music by G. Harris (Doc) White

Sheetmusic: 1911, Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York-Detroit (PN 4501) [B&L B2]

Recording: Probable, heard with female singer on the PBS "Baseball," inning II

WEB: Lyrics can be found at: http://www.concentric.net/~Gamba/wonderfulgame.html

Complete copies of "Gee! It's A Wonderful Game" and "Prohibition Blues" can be found on the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music WEB site (part of Special
Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University). You can access the sheets by searching for Lardner at: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/

 

 

   
1913

"Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush"

Contributed to Aubrey Stauffer’s 1913 Chicago production, In Allah’s Garden.
No copies located.
(B&L Note 4, page 138)

"Lydia Pynkham"

Contributed to Aubrey Stauffer’s 1913 Chicago production, In Allah’s Garden.
No copies located.
(B&L Note 4, page 138)

"Oh You Fatima Girl"

Contributed to Aubrey Stauffer’s 1913 Chicago production, In Allah’s Garden.
No copies located.
(B&L Note 4, page 138)

"That Old Quartet"

Lardner wrote the lyrics for the 1913 version of this Nat Mann song.
No copies located.
(B&L Note 5, page 138)

 

 

   

1916

 

"Teddy You’re A Bear"
(Played with Great Success by the Progressive National Band)

Words by Ring W. Lardner, Music by Lee S. Roberts

Sheetmusic: 1916, Jerome H. Remick & Co., New York-Detroit (PN 1593 2) [B&L B3]

"Old Bill Baker"

Words by Ring Lardner, Music by Jerome Kern

Written for the show Very Good Eddie (Book by Philip Bartholomae & Guy Bolton, Words by Schuyler Greene & Herbert Reynolds

Sheetmusic: 1916, T.B. Harms & Francis Day & Hunter, New York (PN 5431-4) [B&L B4]

 

 

   
1917

"No Place Like Home"

Words (and music) by Ring Lardner

Also identified as "Home, Sweet Home (That’s Where the Real War Is)"

Sung by Bert Williams in the 1917 Ziegfeld Follies

Recording: 1917, Columbia A2438

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1919

"Toledo Blues"

Yardley reports that Ring and friends gathered at the house of Herman Saxon, a Toledo theatre owner on the evening of June 30, 1919 to ring in prohibition in that state. Ring wrote a song that he said, "was learned and sung by a chorus composed of Tad, Tiny Maxwell, Jimmy Isaminger, Harry Witwer, Rube Goldberg and all the rest of the stews" (qtd. 210).

I guess I’ve got those there Toledo Blues,
About this fight I simply can’t enthuse.
I do not care if Dempsey win or lose,
Owing to the fact I’ve got Toledo Blues.

"Prohibition Blues"

Lyrics by Ring Lardner, Music attributed to Nora Bayes

Sung by Nora Bayes in "Ladies First"
Music most likely written by Lardner

Sheetmusic: 1919, Jerome Remick & Co., New York-Detroit (PN 754-4) [B&L B5]

Recording: 1919, Columbia A2823

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WEB: Complete copies of "Gee! It's A Wonderful Game" and "Prohibition Blues" can be found on the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music WEB site (part of Special
Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University). You can access the sheets by searching for Lardner at: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/

 

   
1929

"Montana Moon"

Words and music "overheard" by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman

For June Moon

Sheetmusic: 1929, Harms, Inc., New York (PN 8401-4) [B&L B6]

"June Moon"

Words and music "overheard" by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman

For June Moon

Sheetmusic: 1929, Harms, Inc., New York (PN 8400-4) [B&L B7]

"Hello Tokio!"

Words and music "overheard" by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman

For June Moon

Sheetmusic: published in the acting version of June Moon, 1929, Samuel French Inc., New York. [B&L A24.2]

"Give Our Child a Name"

Words and music "overheard" by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman

For June Moon

Sheetmusic: published in the acting version of June Moon, 1929, Samuel French Inc., New York. [B&L A24.2]

 

 

   
1930

"Be Good to Me"

Lyrics by Ring Lardner, Music by Vincent Youmans.

Written for the show, Smiles.

Sheetmusic: 1930 (copyright 1931), Vincent Youmans Inc., New York. [B8] No complete copy located.

"If I Were You, Love (I’d Jump Right in the Lake)

Lyrics by Ring Lardner, Music by Vincent Youmans

Written for the show, Smiles.

Sheetmusic: 1930, Vincent Youmans Inc., New York. [B&L B9]

 

 

   
       

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