Whiteman and the Prince. Time, 8/6/1923, Vol. 1, Issue 23
by Albert Haim
Another prime social favorite in London just now is Paul Whiteman, the jazziest of them all. Whiteman and his jazz band are all the rage in London theatres, the greatest American theatrical success in England, it is said, since Edna May.
Paul Whiteman has been taken up by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The jazz artist, a big, heavy fellow, stands a foot or so above the Prince, but this disharmony in sizes has not prevented a cordial fellowship. This is quite in line with the none too staid disposition of the heir to the British crown, a disposition which is said to distress and shock the great decorum of the royalty, aristocracy, middle class and working class of England.
Whiteman himself is rather a proper person. He is no barroom piano thumper risen high, but a decently schooled musician who in his lowly days occupied the comparatively dignified position of symphony orchestra player.
Whiteman and his band set sail for Enland on 3 Mar 1923. They stayed in England until 7 Aug 1923. Their main activity related to their performances of "Brighter London" in the Hppodrome Theatre.
Revue devised by Lauri Wylie. Music by Herman Finck; Lyrics by Clifford Harris; Additional Songs by Henry Busse, Zez Confrey, Lou Davis, Henry Lange and Al Jolson
London Hippodriome - 28 March, 1923 - (593 perfs)
The Cast included:
Annie Croft, Lupino Lane, Billy Merson, Elsie Prince, Reginald Sharland, Paul Whiteman and his orchestra
The Programme included;
Kitten on the Keys (Confrey)
Yoo-Hoo (al Jolson)
A Stolen Kiss
Hop, Skip and Jump
The Romance of a Shawl
Hot Lips (Busse-Lange-Davis)
Play That Song of India Again (Rimsky-Korsakov)
I'm Doing My Duty
The Jackdaw of Rheims
Here is Paul Whiteman's orchestra in 1922. Probably the same group who went to England, except that Mike Pingitore was replaced by Harry Reser.