I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

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"I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"
Prince-Of-Tonight-1909.jpg
Sheet music cover, 1909
Song
Published1909
Composer(s)Joseph E. Howard, Harold Orlob
Lyricist(s)Will M. Hough, Frank R. Adams

"I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" is a popular song. The music was written by Harold Orlob, the lyrics by Will M. Hough and Frank R. Adams. Orlob worked for Joseph E. Howard generating songs for Howard's productions and Howard presented the song as his own work for several years.[1] The song was published in 1909 and was first introduced in the 1909 musical The Prince of To-Night when it was performed by Henry Woodruff.[2]

Early popular recordings were by Henry Burr (1909), Billy Murray (1910) and Manuel Romain (1910).[3]

In 1947 "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" was used as the title song of a movie about Joseph E. Howard, leading to renewed popularity for the song. At this time Orlob brought suit to declare himself the composer, eventually reaching an out-of-court settlement with Howard for the two of them to receive joint credit. Orlob did not claim royalties.[4]

Other versions[edit]

Lyrics[edit]

You have loved lots of girls in the sweet long ago.
And each one has meant heaven to you.
You have vowed your affection to each one in turn.
And have sworn to them all you'd be true.
You have kissed neath the moon while the world seemed in tune.
Then you left her to hunt a new game.
Has it ever occurred to you lately, my boy?
That she's probably doing the same.

Chorus
I wonder who's kissing her now.
Wonder who's teaching her how.
Wonder who's looking into her eyes.
Breathing sighs, telling lies.
I wonder who's buying the wine.
For lips that I used to call mine.
Wonder if she ever tells him of me.
I wonder who's kissing her now.

If you want to feel wretched and lonesome and blue.
Just imagine the girl you loved best.
In the arms of some fellow who's stealing a kiss.
From the lips that you once fondly pressed.
But the world moves of pace and the loves of today.
Flit away with a smile and a tear.
So you never can tell who is kissing her now.
Or just who you'll be kissing next year.

Chorus

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle by Gerald Martin Bordman and Richard Norton, page 293
  2. ^ "Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Programs". digital.chipublib.org. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 520. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  4. ^ Joseph Howard, AllMusic.com
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Perry Como Discography". kokomo.ca. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 98. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  8. ^ "Perry Como Discography". kokomo.ca. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 338. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 127. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  12. ^ "Crazy Otto, Crazy Otto International, Vol. 2 EP Release". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Crossland, Ken (2004). The Man Who Would Be Bing. Lewes, East Sussex, UK: The Book Guild Ltd. p. 250. ISBN 1-85776-841-8.
  14. ^ "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved January 26, 2018.

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