Back in Your Own Backyard

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"Back in Your Own Backyard" is a popular song. Officially the credits show it as written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose, and Dave Dreyer; in fact, Billy Rose was exclusively a lyricist (see Category:Songs with lyrics by Billy Rose), Dreyer a composer,[1] and Al Jolson a performer who was often given credits so he could earn some more money, so the actual apportionment of the credits would be likely to be music by Dreyer, lyrics by Rose, and possibly some small contribution by Jolson.

A recording by Ruth Etting made on January 3, 1928 was issued by Columbia Records as catalog number 1288-D, with the flip side "When You're with Somebody Else".[2][3] Jolson also recorded the song in 1928, on March 8, with Bill Wirges' Orchestra for Brunswick Records (catalog number 3867[3]) with the flip side "Ol' Man River".[4]

It was subsequently revived by Patti Page in a recording made on June 16, 1950. The Page recording was issued by Mercury Records as catalog number 5463.[5] It entered the Billboard chart on October 7, 1950, at #23, lasting only that one week.[6]

It has also been recorded by many other singers, including Billie Holiday, as well as Bing Crosby on CBS radio.


  1. ^ Biography of Dave Dreyer on the Songwriters' Hall of Fame site
  2. ^ Columbia Records in the 1000D to 1499D series
  3. ^ a b Gardner, Edward Foote (2000). Popular Songs of the 20th Century: Chart Detail & Encyclopedia, 1900-1949. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House. p. 1928. ISBN 1-55778-789-1. 
  4. ^ Brunswick Records in the 3500 to 3999 series
  5. ^ Mercury Records in the 5000 to 5497 series
  6. ^ 'Back...' was also recorded by Clarence Williams with,I believe, Eva Taylor singing. Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.