Making Whoppee

If you thought people who lived in the 1920s were not having much fun then you are totally wrong. It was the Jazz Age and everyone was into dancing wild dances and trying to find someone to pour them prohibited alcohol into a coffee cup. So much was going on and fashions were changing. The popular singer also referred to as a crooner Bing Crosby had a hit song with “Makin’ Whoopee”.

“Makin’ Whoopee” was a jazz/blues song and it first got noticed when Eddie Cantor sang it in the 1928 musical Whoopee! It was a kind of daring number considering that it was warning men about falling into marriage. The song takes everyone through the honeymoon, to babies and responsibilities, until the divorce is considered and the song ends with what the judge suggests. Bing Crosby took on the song at the end of 1928 and made it a popular one.

The song has a long list of those who had their own versions and most of them were male singers. Some female singers did try it as well among them Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, and even Marlene Dietrich. Once a song gets recorded it is out there for those who want to listen to it even many years later. Two popular rockers took the song on in more modern times one was Cyndi Lauper and the other Elton John.  I have included the Bing Crosby version.


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