What type of music was popular in 1926 and what are some examples of songs?

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Here is a list of Popular music played in the 1920's. Published popular music
  • "(What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry" w.m. Walter Donaldson & Abe Lyman
  • "Alabama Stomp" w. Henry Creamer m. James P. Johnson
  • "All Alone Monday" w. Bert Kalmar m. Harry Ruby
  • "Am I Wasting My Time On You?" w.m. Irving Bibo & Howard Johnson
  • "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" w. Roy Turk m. Lou Handman
  • "Baby Face" w. Benny Davis m. Harry Akst
  • "Barcelona" w. Gus Kahn m. Tolchard Evans
  • "Because I Love You" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • "Big Butter And Egg Man" w.m. Sidney Clare, Cliff Friend & Joseph H. Santly
  • "The Birth Of The Blues" w. B. G. De Sylva & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson. Introduced by Harry Richman in the revue George White's Scandals of 1926
  • "Black Bottom" w. B. G. De Sylva & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson. Introduced by Ann Pennington, The McCarthy Sisters, Frances Williams and Tom Patricola in the revue George White's Scandals of 1926
  • "Black Bottom Stomp" m. Jelly Roll Morton
  • "The Blue Room" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Eva Puck and Sammy White in the musical The Girl Friend
  • "Breezin' Along With The Breeze" w.m. Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons & Richard Whiting
  • "Bridget O'Flynn" King, Sterling
  • "Bring Back Those Minstrel Days" w. Ballard MacDonald m. Martin Broones
  • "But I Do - You Know I Do" w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
  • "By The Tamarisk" m. Eric Coates
  • "Bye Bye Blackbird" w. Mort Dixon m. Ray Henderson
  • "The Chant" m. Mel Stitzel
  • "Charmaine" w. Lew Pollack m. Erno Rapee
  • "Cherie, I Love You" w.m. Lillian Rosedale Goodman
  • "Clap Yo' Hands" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
  • "Climbing Up The Ladder Of Love" w. Raymond Klages m. Jesse Greer
  • "Cossack Love Song" Harbach, Hammerstein, Stothart & Gershwin
  • "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" w. Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager
  • "Cross Your Heart" w. B. G. De Sylva m. Lewis E. Gensler
  • "'Deed I Do" w. Walter Hirsch m. Fred Rose
  • "The Desert Song" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Sigmund Romberg. Introduced by Vivienne Segal and Robert Halliday in the operetta The Desert Song
  • "The Devil Is Afraid Of Music" w.m. Willard Robison
  • "The Dicky Bird Hop" w. Leslie Sarony m. Ronald Gourley
  • "Do, Do, Do" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin. Introduced by Gertrude Lawrence and Oscar Shaw in the musical Oh. Kay!
  • "Doctor Jazz" w. Walter Melrose m. Joe "King" Oliver
  • "Don't Have Any More, Mrs Moore" Castling, Walsh
  • "East St Louis Toddle-O" m. Bubber Miley & Duke Ellington
  • "Everything's Gonna Be All Right" w. Benny Davis m. Harry Akst
  • "Fidgety Feet" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
  • "Flapperette" m. Jesse Greer
  • "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart" w.m. Ben Ryan
  • "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" w. B. G. De Sylva m. Lewis E. Gensler
  • "Get Away, Old Man, Get Away" w.m. Frank Crumit
  • "Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya, Huh?" w. Roy Turk & Jack Smith m. Maceo Pinkard
  • "The Girl Friend" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Eva Puck & Sammy White in the musical The Girl Friend
  • "The Girl Is You And The Boy Is Me" w. B. G. De Sylva & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson
  • "Half A Moon" w. Eddie Dowling & Herbert Reynolds m. James F. Hanley
  • "Hawaiian Wedding Song" (originally "Ke Kali Nei Au") w. Al Hoffman & Dick Manning m. Charles E. King (Words written 1959.)
  • "Heebie Jeebies" w.m. Boyd Atkins
  • "Hello Bluebird" w.m. Cliff Friend
  • "Hello, Aloha, How Are You?" w. L. Wolfe Gilbert m. Abel Baer
  • "Hello, Baby" w. Seymour Simons m. Richard A. Whiting
  • "Here I Am" w. B. G. De Sylva & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson
  • "Hesitation Blues" w.m. Billy Smythe, Scott Middleton, & Art Gillham - The Whispering Pianist
  • "Hey Gypsy (Play Gypsy)" w.m. Emmerich Kalman, Clifford Grey, "N. Foley"
  • "Hi-Diddle-Diddle" w.m. Hal Keidel & Carleton Coon
  • "Horses" w. Byron Gay m. Richard A. Whiting
  • "How Could Red Riding Hood?" w.m. Randolph
  • "How Many Times?" w.m. Irving Berlin
  • "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" w. Clarence Gaskill m. Jimmy McHugh
  • "I Know That You Know" w. Anne Caldwell m. Vincent Youmans
  • "I Never See Maggie Alone" w. Harry Tilsley m. Everett Lynton
  • "I Parted My Hair In The Middle" David, Murphy
  • "I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man" w.m. Percy Venable & Louis Armstrong
  • "I'd Climb The Highest Mountain" w.m. Lew Brown & Sidney Clare
  • "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight" w. Henry Creamer m. James P. Johnson
  • "If You Can't Land Her On The Old Verandah" w.m. Silver
  • "I'm A One-Man Girl" w. Leo Robin m. Richard Myers
  • "I'm Coming, Virginia" w. Will Marion Cook & Donald Heywood
  • "I'm Just Wild About Animal Crackers" w.m. Fred Rich, Sam Coslow & Harry Link
  • "I'm Lonely Without You" w. Bud Green m. Harry Warren
  • "In A Little Spanish Town" w. Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young m. Mabel Wayne
  • "It All Depends On You" w. B. G. De Sylva & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson
  • "I've Got The Girl" w.m. Walter Donaldson
  • "Jack In The Box" m. Zez Confrey
  • "Jersey Walk" w. Eddie Dowling & Henry Creamer m. James F. Hanley
  • "Katinka" w. Benee Russell m. Henry Tobias
  • "The Kinkajou" w. Joseph McCarthy m. Harry Tierney
  • "Lay Me Down To Sleep In Carolina" w. Jack Yellen m. Milton Ager
  • "Like He Loves Me" w. Anne Caldwell m. Vincent Youmans
  • "A Little Birdie Told Me So" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
  • "The Little White House" w. Eddie Dowling m. James F. Hanley
  • "Lonesome And Sorry" w. Benny Davis m. Con Conrad
  • "Look At The World And Smile" w. Anne Caldwell m. Raymond Hubbell
  • "Looking At The World Through Rose Coloured Glasses" w.m. Tommy Malie & Jimmy Stieger. Introduced by Jack Osterman in the revue A Night in Paris
  • "Lucky Day" w. B. G. De Sylva & Lew Brown m. Ray Henderson
  • "Mary Lou" w. Abe Lyman & George Waggner m. J. Russel Robinson
  • "Maybe" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
  • "Me Too" w. Charles Tobias & Al Sherman m. Harry M. Woods
  • "Moonlight On The Ganges" w. Chester Wallace m. Sherman Myers
  • "The More We Are Together" w.m. Jimmy Campbell & Reg Connelly
  • "Mountain Greenery" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
  • "Muddy Water" w. Jo Trent m. Peter DeRose & Harry Richman
  • "Muskrat Ramble" m. Edward "Kid" Ory
  • "My Cutie's Due At Two To Two Today" w.m. Albert Von Tilzer, Irving Bilbo & Leo Robin
  • "My Dream Of The Big Parade" w. Al Dubin m. Jimmy McHugh
  • "My Pretty Girl" m. Charles Fulcher
  • "One Alone" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Sigmund Romberg
  • "Our Director" m. F. E. Bigelow
  • "Passing Shadows" m. Raymond Loughborough
  • "Play Gypsies, Dance Gypsies" w. Harry B. Smith m. Emmerich Kalman
  • "Poor Papa" w. Billy Rose m. Harry M. Woods
  • "The Rangers' Song" w. Joseph McCarthy m. Harry Tierney
  • "Reaching For The Moon" w.m. Benny Davis & Jesse Greer
  • "The Riff Song" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Sigmund Romberg
  • "Rio Rita" w. Joseph McCarthy m. Harry Tierney
  • "Romance" w. Otto Harbach & Oscar Hammerstein II m. Sigmund Romberg
  • "Say It Again" by Harry Richman
  • "Scatter Your Smiles" w.m. Max Kortlander & Pete Wendling
  • "She Knows Her Onions" Ager, Yellen, Pollack
  • "Shut The Door" w.m. Billy Mann, Wally Ives, Dick Howard & Jim Kern
  • "Sleepy Head" w. Benny Davis m. Jesse Greer
  • "Snag It" m. Joseph "King" Oliver
  • "So This Is Spring" Sarony
  • "Somebody's Lonely" Davis, Gold
  • "Someone To Watch Over Me" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
  • "Song Of The Wanderer" w. Gus Kahn m. Neil Moret
  • "Static Strut" m. Jack Yellen & Phil Wall
  • "Sunday" w.m. Chester Conn, Ned Miller, Jule Styne & Bennie Krueger
  • "Sunny Disposish" w. Ira Gershwin m. Philip Charig
  • "Tamiami Trail" w.m. Cliff Friend & Joseph H. Santly
  • "There Ain't No Maybe In My Baby's Eyes" w. Gus Kahn & Raymond B. Egan m. Walter Donaldson
  • "There's A New Star In Heaven Tonight - Rudolph Valentino" w. J. Keirn Brennan & Irving Mills m. Jimmy McHugh
  • "Thinking Of You" w. Paul Ash m. Walter Donaldson
  • "Ting-A-Ling" w. Andy Britt m. Jack Little
  • "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" w. Al Dubin m. Joe Burke
  • "Tonight You Belong To Me" w. Billy Rose m. Lee David
  • "A Tree In The Park" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
  • "Up And At 'Em" w.m. Jack Pettis & Al Goering
  • "Valencia" w. Lucien Jean Boyer & Jacques Charles (Fr) Clifford Grey (Eng) m. José Padilla
  • "When Day Is Done" w. B. G. De Sylva m. Roger Katscher
  • "When Do We Dance?" w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
  • "When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along" w.m. Harry M. Woods
  • "Where Do You Work-A, John?" w. Mortimer Weinberg & Charley Marks m. Harry Warren
  • "Where'd You Get Those Eyes?" w.m. Walter Donaldson
  • "Why Do I" w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers. Introduced by Francis X. Donegan & June Cochran in the musical The Girl Friend
  • "Wistful And Blue" Davidson, Etting
  • "Ya Gotta Know How To Love" w. Bud Green m. Harry Warren
Recorded popular music
  • "Always" by Vincent Lopez & His Orchestra
  • "Black Bottom" by Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders
  • "Breezin' Along With the Breeze" by Johnny Marvin
  • "Bye Bye Bye Blackbird" by Gene Austin
  • "Do, Do, Do" by Gertrude Lawrence
  • "Gimme A Little Kiss (Will Ya', Hunh?)" by Whispering Jack Smith
  • "He's The Last Word" by Ben Pollock & His Californians
  • "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" by Al Jolson
  • "In A Little Spanish Town" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • "Red Hot Henry Brown" by Margaret Young
  • "Some of These Days" by Sophie Tucker with Ted Lewis's Jazz Band
  • "Valencia (A Song of Spain)" by Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • "When My Baby Smiles At Me" by Ted Lewis & His Jazz Band
  • "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along" Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
  • "Who" by George Olsen & His Music
  • "Ya Gotta Know How To Love" by Esther Walker
Other important recordings
  • "Heebie Jeebies" by Louis Armstrong & His Hot 5
  • "Black Bottom Stomp" by Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers
  • "Sidewalk Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers
  • "Snag It" by King Oliver & His Dixie Syncopators
  • "Early Morning Blues" - Blind Blake
  • "Jack O' Diamond Blues" - Blind Lemon Jefferson
Classical music
  • George Antheil - Ballet mécanique
  • Jens Laursen Emborg - Concerto for violin and orchestra
  • Manuel de Falla - Concerto for harpsichord
  • Jakov Gotovac - Simfonijsko kolo, op. 12
  • Ferde Grofé - Theme and Variations on Music from a Garage
  • Harald Sæverud - Symphony in B flat minor
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 1
  • Igor Stravinsky - Pater Noster
  • Gerald Tyrwhitt - The Triumph of Neptune (ballet)
  • Peter Warlock - Capriol Suite
Opera
  • Leoš Janáček - The Makropulos Affair
  • Zoltán Kodály - Háry János
  • Ernst Krenek - Johnny spielt auf
Musical theater
  • Americana Broadway revue opened at the Belmont Theatre on July 26 and ran for 224 performances
  • Bare Facts of 1926 ( Music: Charles M. Schwab Lyrics: Henry Myers Book: Stuart Hamill) Broadway revue opened at the Triangle Theatre on July 16 and ran for 107 performances.
  • Blackbirds London production opened at the Pavilion on September 11 and ran for 279 performances.
  • By the Way London production opened at the Apollo Theatre on January 22 and ran for 45 performances
  • Countess Maritza Broadway production opened at the Shubert Theatre on September 18 and ran for 321 performances
  • The Desert Song (Sigmund Romberg) - Broadway production opened at the Casino Theatre on November 30 and ran for 471 performances
  • The Girl Friend Broadway production opened at the Vanderbilt Theatre on March 17 and ran for 301 performances
  • The Great Temptations Broadway revue opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on May 18 and ran for 223 performances. Starring Hazel Dawn, Miller and Lyles, Florenz Ames, Jay C. Flippen and Jack Benny.
  • Honeymoon Lane Broadway production opened at the Knickerbocker Theatre on September 20 and ran for 364 performances
  • Just a Kiss London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on September 8
  • Lady, Be Good! (George and Ira Gershwin) - London production opened at the Empire Theatre on April 14 and ran for 326 performances
  • Lido Lady London production opened at the Gaiety Theatre on December 1 and ran for 259 performances
  • A Night in Paris Broadway revue opened at the Casino de Paris on January 5 and ran for 208 performances. Starring Jack Osterman, Jack Pearl, Norma Terris and Yvonne George.
  • No Foolin' Broadway revue opened at the Globe Theatre on June 24 and ran for 108 performances
  • Oh, Kay! Broadway production opened at the Imperial Theatre on November 8 and ran for 256 performances
  • Peggy-Ann Broadway production opened at the Vanderbilt Theatre on December 27 and ran for 333 performances
  • Princess Charming London production opened at the Palace Theatre on October 21 and ran for 362 performances
  • Queen High (Music: Lewis E. Gensler, Lyrics: B.G. DeSylva, Book: Laurence Schwab & B.G. DeSylva adapted from A Pair of Sixes by Edward Peple). Broadway production opened at the Ambassador Theatre on September 8 and ran for 367 performances
  • The Student Prince (Sigmund Romberg) -London production opened at His Majesty's Theatre on February 3 and ran for 96 performances
  • Sunny London production opened at the Hippodrome on October 7 and ran for 363 performances
  • Tip-Toes London production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 31 and ran for 182 performances
  • Wildflower London production opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on February 17 and ran for 114 performances
  • Vaudeville Vanities London revue opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on November 16. Starring Bobby Howes.
  • Yvonne London production opened at Daly's Theatre on May 22 and ran for 280 performances.
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