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Out of Nowhere (1931)

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的t痴 no wonder that tenor saxophonists shied away from recording numbers Hawkins had done; in fact, there wouldn稚 be another tenor player to attempt this tune until Don Byas in 1945.

- Chris Tyle

Rank 68
Music Johnny Green
Lyrics Edward Heyman

In April of 1931, Bing Crosby introduced 徹ut of Nowhere on the Brunswick label, the recording that would become his first solo, number one hit. It has since been released on CD in Going Hollywood, Vol. 1: 1930-1936. A month after Crosby痴 recording, Leo Reisman and His Orchestra also scored with 徹ut of Nowhere, their Victor recording with vocalist Frank Munn rising to number six on the pop charts.


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Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954

Also in 1931, 徹ut of Nowhere was introduced on the silver screen in the Paramount western comedy Dude Ranch starring Jack Oakie, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, Mitzi Green, and June Collyer. Based on a story by Milton Krims, Dude Ranch tells the story of Jack Oakie as the leader of a down-and-out acting troupe who put on a 展ild West show to keep the customers from leaving a boring dude ranch.

An April 25, 1931, a New York Times review said:

A rollicking farce-comedy, known as 泥ude Ranch, provoked waves of hearty laughter at the Paramount yesterday afternoon. It is a brightly directed film, with witty dialog and clever acting, but the latter stages are not quire as hilarious as the preceding ones.

With an A-B1-A-B2 form, Edward Heyman痴 serendipitous lyrics use the first two sections to express appreciation for a lover from out of nowhere. The second A section questions what would happen if, 土ou go back to your nowhere, and the final section has the singer declare, 的値l always wait ...hoping you値l bring your love to me.


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Johnny Green dedicated 徹ut of Nowhere to his first wife, Carol, who encouraged him to abandon his financial career and, against the wishes of his father, pursue a career in music.


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Alec Wilder
American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950
Oxford University Press; Reprint edition
Hardcover: 576 pages

(Wilder, in his definitive book on American popular song, spends three paragraphs analyzing the musical content of 徹ut of Nowhere.)
See the Reading and Research links on this page for additional references.

- Jeremy Wilson

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Saxophonist Parker is magnificent on this succinct reading of the song. Over a dreamy string arrangement he weaves a full-bodied and intense tapestry that simply shimmers.

- Ben Maycock

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