Written by New Orleans piano professor Tony Jackson in 1912. He was the regular entertainer at Countess Willie V. Piazza's (317 Basin St), the Storyville bordello with the most beautiful octoroons in the whole South. Jelly Roll Morton was another regular. Gay inspired original lyrics. Tony was never recorded.
Billy Murray [n°1 US with revised lyrics by Gus Kahn/Egbert Van Alstyne]
Doris Day [in film Young Man With A Horn]
Dean Martin [title track lp]
Antonio Fargas [in Louis Malle film Pretty Baby starring Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Keith Caradine]
See also Steppin' Out.