PAPER DOLL

Latest update on 12/12/2009

Artist: Tommy Lyman
Author: Johnny Black/Edward Marks
Year: 1930

Popularised it in his nightclub act. Written already in 1915 by Johnny Black, who hit the jackpot five years later with Dardanella. When the money ran out, he sold the old Paper Doll for a small amount to music publisher E.B. Marks, who published it in 1930. After Marks's death in '41, his son stumbled upon it and gave it to the Mills Brothers. Many years before this, the same son had already jump started the rumba craze (see: El Manisero).

Covers:

1942:

Mills Brothers [n°1 US; banned by the BBC]

1942:

Bing Crosby

1943:

Perry Como

1944:

Lena Horne [in film Two Girls And A Sailor]

1946:

Wingy Manone

1949:

Cliff Edwards

1954:

Louis Prima

1959:

Clark Sisters

1959:

Perez Prado

1961:

Frank Sinatra

1965:

Hank Thompson

1968:

Scott Walker

Not to be confused with Lee David's Paper Doll written in 1921.

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