How Deep Is the Ocean?

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"How Deep Is the Ocean " is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1932, and can be heard in the background of the 1933 film The Life of Jimmy Dolan. The song was introduced by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with vocals by Jack Fulton.

The song was written at a low point in Berlin's professional and personal life, and is among the select few of his numbers introduced on the radio rather than onstage or in film. The song is a series of questions posed in succession to one another, with the only exception being the second line, "I'll tell you no lie."[1]

Notable recordings[edit]

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Date Main recording artist Featured vocalists
(or instrumental)
Album title, notes
1955 Jackie Gleason (Instrumental) Jackie Gleason Presents Lonesome Echo, 10 inch that reached No. 1 in the Billboard 200 chart
1960 Miss Toni Fisher Toni Fisher "How Deep Is the Ocean", released only as single A-side
1962 Al Hirt (Instrumental) Trumpet and Strings with arrangements by Marty Paich. The album peaked #96 in the Billboard 200 chart.[2]
1990 Franck Amsallem (Instrumental) "Out A Day" recorded with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wilson, Jeremy. "How Deep Is the Ocean? (How High Is the Sky?)". Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Al Hirt, Trumpet and Strings Retrieved April 8, 2013.