Dinah (song)

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"Dinah" is a popular song. The music was written by Harry Akst, and the lyrics by Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young. It was introduced by Eddie Cantor in Kid Boots (1923) in Pittsburgh.[1] The song was published in 1925.

Carolina
Gave me Dinah;
I'm the proudest one
Beneath the Dixie sun.

News is spreadin'
'Bout our weddin';
I hear church bells ringin',
Here's the song my heart keeps singin':

Dinah,
Is there anyone finer
In the state of Carolina?
If there is and you know her,
Show her!

Dinah,
With her Dixie eyes blazin',
How I love to sit and gaze in
To the eyes of Dinah Lee!

Yet, every night,
My, how I shake with fright,
Because my Dinah might,
Change her mind about me!

But if Dinah,
Ever wandered to China,
I would hop an ocean liner,
Just to be with Dinah Lee!

Dinah,
Is there anyone finer
In the state of Carolina?
If there is and you know her,
Show her!

Dinah,
With her Dixie eyes blazin',
How I love to sit and gaze in
To the eyes of Dinah Lee!

Yet, every night,
My, how I shake with fright,
Because my Dinah might,
Change her mind about me!

But if Dinah,
Ever wandered to China,
I would hop an ocean liner,
Just to be with Dinah Lee!

It was immensely popular with jazz bands and vocalists of the period and beyond, with versions by various artists, including:

Japanese versions[edit]

In Japan, it was released by Teichiku Records; it was Dick Mine(ディック・ミネ)'s debut song in December, 1934.

Tokuichi Mine (Mine Tokuichi (三根徳一?)) had previously been an unknown band singer. He referred to himself as Dick Mine, translated the lyrics of "Dinah" into Japanese by himself, and sang the song. He called himself Kōich Mine (Mine Kōich (三根耕一?)), a pen name, as the translator. "Dinah", sung by Dick Mine, became the first hit song for Teichiku Records, with "Dark Eyes" on the flip side.

"Dinah" was also covered by, among others, Tadaharu Nakano (Nakano Tadaharu (中野忠晴?)) as "Dinah", Akira Kishii (Kishii Akira (岸井明?)) as "Dinah", Kenichi Enomoto (Enomoto Ken'ichi (榎本健一?)) as "Enoken No Dinah" (エノケンのダイナ?), meaning "Enoken's Dinah", Isao Hayashi (Hayashi Isao (林伊佐緒?)) as "Dinah", and Yoshio Kawada (Kawada Yoshio (川田義雄?) as "Rōkyoku Dinah" (浪曲ダイナ?).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Second Hand Songs - Dinah - Harry Akst, Samuel M. Lewis, Joseph Young
  2. ^ Chat Baker Discography Lost and Found
  3. ^ Josephine Baker
  4. ^ Brunswick Records in the 7300 - 7499 series
  5. ^ Brunswick Records in the 6000 - 6499 series
  6. ^ Victor Records in the 22500 - 22999 series
  7. ^ Victor Records in the 25000 - 25499 series
  8. ^ Second Hand Songs: Medium - Solo Monk - Thelonious Monk (1965)
  9. ^ Victor Records in the 25000 - 25499 series
  10. ^ Columbia Records in the 1D - 499D series

See also[edit]