“Just an Hour of Love” and “I’m Wondering Who” - Benny Meroff
by Albert Haim
September and October 1927 were months of crucial changes in Bix’s life.
- Bix recorded his own composition “In A Mist.”
- Bix recorded “Clementine” with Goldkette’s orchestra.
- The Jean Goldkette orchestra folded.
- Bix joined the short lived Rollini’s New Yorkers and made several important recordings with Frank Trumbauer’s orchestra (basically the New Yorkers).
- Bix waxed his first recordings as Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang.
- Bix joined the Paul Whiteman organization.
Two of Bix’s recordings during this period were issued as follows:
Benny Meroff And His Orchestra : Bix Beiderbecke (cnt) unknown (tp) Bill Rank (tb) Frankie Trumbauer (c-mel) Bobby Davis (as) Don Murray (cl,ts) Joe Venuti (vln) Adrian Rollini (bassax) Frank Signorelli (p) unknown (g) Chauncey Morehouse (d) Irving Kaufman (vcl)
New York, September 30, 1927
W-81499-A Just an hour of love (ik vcl)
W-81500-A I'm wonderin' who (ik vcl)
The two numbers were from the Broadway show “Burlesque.”
Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Description: A play in three acts
Setting: A Basement Dressing-room in a Mid-West Burlesque Theatre, the Living-room of a New York Hotel Suite, and the Stage of the Star Theatre, Paterson, N.J.
Produced by Arthur Hopkins
Written by George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins; Featuring songs by Albert Von Tilzer, Peter De Rose and Joe Trent; Musical Director: Paul Van Loan; Chorus Dances arranged by Mary Jennings
Directed by Arthur Hopkins
Two of the actors in the musical were Oscar Levant and Barbara Stanwick.
“Burlesque” was revived on Broadway in 1946, with Bert Lahr in the leading role.
“Burlesque” was adapted to the big screen three times: