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Record of the Month

from The National Jukebox

Each month our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight.

This month’s selection:

"Araby," sung by Harry Macdonough, recorded October 22, 1915.

This obscure Irving Berlin song uses the Middle Eastern theme that was popular in American music of the early 1920s; the most popular being “The Sheik (of Araby).”

Berlin readily admitted that he frequently used musical themes over and over again, and that his songs were derivative of each other. This one clearly foreshadows his 1924 hit “Lazy.”

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  October 12, 2017
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