Chinatown, My Chinatown

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"Chinatown, My Chinatown"
Cover, sheet music, 1910
Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by William Jerome
Published 1910
Language English
Chinatown, My Chinatown (1929 animated cartoon)

"Chinatown, My Chinatown" is a popular song written by William Jerome (w.) and Jean Schwartz (m.) in 1910.

Jerome and Schwartz incorporated Chinese musical forms into Western music for the melody.[1] The song has been recorded by numerous artists including Al Jolson[2] and Chris Connor,[3] and is considered to be a jazz standard.[4]

The song was featured in Woody Allen's 1987 film Radio Days and Illusion Softworks' 2002 video game, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. On UK television the song was performed by The Two Ronnies in a 1976 edition of their variety show,[5] with pastiche lyrics entitled "Camden Town, My Camden Town".

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  1. ^ Moon, Yellowface, p. 100: "Often, these composers chose to use parallel fourths, fifth, octaves, and minor thirds, which had been mentioned in European and American discussions of Chinese music. The most famous example was William Jerome and Jean Schwartz's "Chinatown, My Chinatown" (1910) ..."
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  4. ^ Crawford, Jazz Standards on Record, p. ix: "Table 1. Jazz Standards in the Core Repertory".
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  6. ^ Carl Mann


  • Crawford, Richard; Magee, Jeffery. Jazz Standards on Record, 1900-1942: A Core Repertory. Chicago: Center for Black Music Research Columbia College (1992).
  • Jerome, William; Schwartz, Jean. "Chinatown, My Chinatown" (sheet music). New York: Jerome H Remick & Co. (1910).
  • Moon, Krystyn R. Yellowface: Creating The Chinese In American Popular Music And Performance, 1850s-1920s. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, (2005).