"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.
Milton Ager wrote "Ain't She Sweet" for his daughter Shana Ager, who in her adult life was known as the political commentator Shana Alexander.
"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.
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)
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