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The band’s initial success was in Chicago where they recorded exclusively and frequently for the Brunswick label over a ten-year period. Their first hit was “Wabash Blues” in 1921, the same year that they appeared in Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic. They toured in the U.S. and England in 1924, settling in New York the following year. Isham apparently had an ear for great songs and was responsible for introducing and recording many tunes that were to become standards.
As a composer Jones wrote his first hit, “On the Alamo,” in 1922 with Gilbert Keyes and Joe Lyons. Then followed a long list of successes with Gus Kahn: “Broken Hearted Melody”(1922), “Swingin’ Down the Lane” (1923), “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” “The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else,” and “It Had to Be You” (1924). He also wrote “Indiana Moon” with Benny Davis (1923), “You’ve Got Me Crying Again” with Charles Newman (1933), and “(There Is) No Greater Love” (1936) with Marty Symes.
When Jones retired in 1936, the band decided to stay together under the direction of its vocalist/saxophonist Woody Herman, eventually becoming known in 1943 as Herman’s Herd. Jones came out of retirement in the ‘40s but never regained the success he had had with earlier bands.
- Sandra Burlingame
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Isham Jones and his orchestra
Joyce Record Club Publication
George Thomas Simon
The Big Bands
(Includes numerous references to Jones and a three-page biography with a photo of Jones and His Orchestra.)
Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
At the End of a Winding Lane
Milton Weil Music Co
Lyrics by Gus Kahn; Music by Isham Jones.
Swingin' Down The Lane. An Old Fashioned Song With a Fox Trot Swing.
Leo Feist Inc.
Hy Anzell, Colleen Dewhurst, Shelley Duvall, Russell Horton, Carol Kane
MGM (Video & DVD)
DVD - Keaton sings "It Had to Be You"
Rod Stewart - It Had To Be You
Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, Mona Freeman
Mother Wore Tights
Fox Home Entertainme
VHS Features "Swingin' Down the Lane"
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