Margie (song)

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Victor 78 single (18717-A), 1920
Single by Original Dixieland Jazz Band
B-side "Palesteena"
Released 1920
Format 10-inch 78 rpm record
Recorded 1920
Genre Jazz
Label Victor
Writer(s) Con Conrad, J. Russel Robinson, Benny Davis
Sheet music of "Margie"

"Margie", also known as "My Little Margie", is a 1920 popular song composed in collaboration by vaudeville performer and pianist Con Conrad and ragtime pianist J. Russel Robinson, a member of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Lyrics were written by Benny Davis, a vaudeville performer and songwriter. The song was introduced by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1920 as Victor 78, 18717-A, in a medley paired with "Singin' the Blues". The B side was "Palesteena".[1] The Rega Dance Orchestra recorded the song in October, 1920 for Okeh Records, 4211. The ODJB recorded their instrumental version on December 1, 1920.[2][3]

The song was published in 1920 and was named after the five-year-old daughter of singer and songwriter Eddie Cantor. Cantor is credited with popularizing the song with his 1921 recording that stayed at the top of the pop charts for five weeks.[4]

The song has appeared in the movies Stella Dallas (1937), Margie (1946) and The Eddie Cantor Story (1953).[4] The film was also used in a Phonofilm sound-on-film cartoon produced by Max Fleischer and released 30 October 1926.[5] Preston North End unofficial club anthem during 1950s and played at Sir Tom Finney's funeral in 2014.

Cover versions[edit]

Having been recorded by numerous artists, the song has become a jazz standard. Among the people who have recorded the tune are Ray Barretto, Bix Beiderbecke, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Mercer, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Frank Crumit, Erroll Garner, Al Hirt,[6] Claude Hopkins, Ted Lewis, Jimmie Lunceford, Shelly Manne, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman, André Ekyan (with Django Reinhardt), Don Redman, Fats Domino, Charlie Shavers, Jimmy Smith, Jo Stafford, Joe Venuti, Jorgen Ingmann, and Slim Whitman.[4]

An instrumental version was recorded on March 21, 1962, for the LP There Is Nothing Like a Dame with Pete Candoli and Conte Candoli on trumpets, Shelly Manne on drums, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Howard Roberts on guitar and Gary Peacock on bass.


  1. ^ The Jazz Age, p.106
  2. ^ Margie: Second Hand Songs.
  3. ^ Red Hot Jazz. Original Dixieland Jass Band.
  4. ^ a b c Margie at - retrieved on 19 May 2009
  5. ^ SilentEra entry for the film
  6. ^ Al Hirt, Horn A-Plenty Retrieved April 8, 2013.

External links[edit]


  • Shaw, Arnold: The Jazz Age: Popular Music in the 1920s. Oxford University Press US, 1989. ISBN 0-19-506082-2

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