Ain't She Sweet
|"Ain't She Sweet?"|
|Song by Ben Bernie|
"Ain't She Sweet" is a song composed by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published in 1927 by Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc./Warner Bros., Inc. It became popular in the first half of the 20th century, one of the hit songs that typified the Roaring Twenties. Like "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929), it became a Tin Pan Alley standard. Both Ager and Yellen were elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Memorable lines and chorus
The song contains the following memorable second verse which is used repeatedly as a chorus.
Ain't she sweet?
See her walking down the street
Now I ask you very confidentially
Ain't she sweet?
- Ben Bernie and his Orchestra - 1927
- Gene Austin - 1927
- Johnny Marvin - 1927
- Annette Hanshaw - 1927
- Lillian Roth -1933
- Mr. Goon-Bones & Mr. Ford - 1949
- Paul Ash and his Orchestra
- Winifred Atwell - Decca Records
- Frank Banta
- Pearl Bailey - 1949 Harmony Records
- Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra - 1940
- Sally Blair - EMI Records Group, N.A.
- Eddie Cantor
- Judy Carmichael - 1985
- Benny Carter - Contemporary Records
- Bill Coleman, Stephane Grappelli - Classic Jazz Records
- Jackie Davis - Capitol Records
- Eric Delaney and his Band - EMI Records Group, N.A.
- Tommy Dorsey - Decca Records
- The Dukes of Dixieland - Audio Fidelity Records
- Erroll Garner
- Ken Griffin - Columbia Records
- Annette Hanshaw - 1927 - PATHÉ Actuelle
- Fletcher Henderson - Disques Swing Records
- Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson - Pye UK Records
- The Milt Herth Trio - Coral Records
- Michael Holliday - EMI Records Group, N.A.
- Ferlin Husky - 1959
- Jack Hylton and his Orchestra - EMI Records Group, N.A.
- Harry James & His Orchestra - 1945
- Sammy Kaye - 1960
- Enoch Light and his Orchestra
- Meade “Lux” Lewis
- Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians - 1966
- Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra - 1939 - Columbia Records
- Johnny Maddox - Dot Records
- The Johnny Mann Singers - Liberty Records
- Billy May - Capitol Records T578 - 1955
- The Modernaires - Coral Records
- The Moms and Dads - Crescendo Records
- Joyce Moody and Earl Wentz - Sixpence, Inc.
- Russ Morgan and his Orchestra - Capitol Records
- Eddie Peabody
- Mel Powell Trio
- Duffy Power
- Frank Sinatra - 1962
- Jimmy Smith
- Big Joe Turner - Classic Jazz Records
- Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps - 1956 Capitol Records
- Ben Webster, Frank Rosolino - Contemporary Records
- Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra - Ranwood Records Inc.
- Coco Briaval - Sunset France / Harmonia Mundi
- Lena Zavaroni - Hold Tight, It's Lena BBC Records (UK, 1982)
- Raul Seixas and his Band - 1992 - Raul Vivo
"Ain't She Sweet" was also recorded by Fabian Forte; Hoosier Hot Shots; Ray Anthony; Nat King Cole; Tiny Hill & the Hilltoppers; the Playboys; the Viscounts; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; and many others. The song was also covered in 1990 on the album Funk of Ages, by Bernie Worrell and several former members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Recorded versions by the Beatles
A rock and roll version of "Ain't She Sweet" was performed by the Beatles with John Lennon on lead vocals, while performing as Tony Sheridan's backup band as The Beat Brothers. It was recorded on June 22, 1961 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg, Germany with Pete Best on drums, produced by Bert Kaempfert. The recording was released as a single on May 29, 1964, on Polydor NH 52-317 (UK), and was included on the Anthology 1 album in 1995. A different rendition, recorded during a jam session in 1969 with Ringo Starr on drums, was released on the Beatles' Anthology 3 - it is the only song which appears on two of the Anthology records. A solo version of the song was also included in the John Lennon Anthology box set.
- John Lennon - lead vocal, rhythm guitar
- George Harrison - lead guitar
- Paul McCartney - bass
- Pete Best - drums
Selected appearances in film/TV shows
- Hazel Green & Company, a Warner Bros./Vitaphone musical short (1927)
- In January 1928, a short film of Ain't She Sweet sung by Chili Bouchier was filmed in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process
- Duck Soup (Paramount Pictures, 1933)
- Force of Arms (Warner Brothers, 1951) Italian cafe scene on piano
- Feed the Kitty (1952) Merrie Melodies cartoon
- East of Eden (Warner Brothers, 1955) instrumental in background of carnival scene, film set 10 years before song composed
- The Eddy Duchin Story (Columbia Pictures, 1955)
- Picnic (MGM, 1955) Sung by the townspeople of Salina, Kansas when Kim Novak's character is floating down the river in a swan-shaped boat after she was elected Queen of Neewollah.
- Coronation Street Sung by Sylvia Goodwin and others.
- Strangers on a Train (Warner Brothers, 1951) instrumental in background of carnival scenes
- You're My Everything (Twentieth Century Fox, 1949)
- You Were Meant for Me (Twentieth Century Fox, 1948)
- House M.D. Season 2, Episode 9: "Deception"
- You Rang, M'Lord? Season 2, Episode 5: "The Wounds of War"
- Heartbeat (UK TV series) Series 16, Episode 12: "Vendetta" (2007)
- Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics, 2011)
- Bunheads Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot" (2012)
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2009)|
- "Ain't She Sweet / If You Love Me Baby (Take out Some Insurance on Me Baby)". Dmbeatles.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-20.