Makin' Whoopee

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This article is about the Donaldson and Kahn song. For Susan Stroman's 2004 ballet, see Double Feature (ballet).
"Makin' Whoopee"
Published 1928
Released 1928 (1928)
Genre Jazz, blues
Writer Gus Kahn
Composer Walter Donaldson

"Makin' Whoopee!" is a jazz/blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee! Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics and Walter Donaldson composed the music for the song as well as for the entire musical.

The title is a euphemism for sexual intimacy,[1] and the song has been called a "dire warning", largely to men, about the "trap" of marriage.[2] "Makin' Whoopee" begins with the celebration of a wedding, honeymoon and marital bliss, but moves on to babies and responsibilities, and ultimately on to affairs and possible divorce, ending with a judge's advice.

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  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 19, 2002). "Crooning About the Woes of Whoopee". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-08.  A review of a James Naughton cabaret performance. "Mr. Naughton pounces on the dire warning to men lurking beneath the song's playful surface: that once the honeymoon is over, marriage can become a trap from which there is no escape."
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