Rose Room

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
1918 sheet music cover

"Rose Room", also known as "In Sunny Roseland", is a 1917 jazz standard, music by Art Hickman, lyrics by Harry Williams. It is almost always performed as an instrumental. Composed at a time when the popularity of ragtime was fading in favor of thirty-two-bar form and twelve-bar blues songs, the song has been called "definitely ahead of its time" by composer Alec Wilder. Indeed, while popular in the late 1910s and early 1920s, the song enjoyed its biggest popularity during the swing era.[1] The song was named after the Rose Room in St. Francis Hotel, where Hickman was playing at the time.[2] In 1914, jazz pioneer Bert Kelly was a member of Hickman's band.

Duke Ellington is credited in reviving the popularity of "Rose Room" with his 1932 recording. Ellington later used the song's chord progression in his 1939 composition, "In a Mellow Tone".[1] "Rose Room" is also the song with which Charlie Christian impressed Benny Goodman in 1939, jamming it solo after solo for 45 minutes with Goodman's band.

Modern Swing Group, Leader: John Kongshaug recorded a version in Oslo on December 6, 1954. It was released on the 78 rpm record His Master's Voice A.L. 3489.

Bandleader Phil Harris used "Rose Room" as his theme song while performing in San Francisco. He also used "Rose Room" again as a second theme on his NBC radio series, The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. The Lawrence Welk Orchestra/Show made a rendition with "Peanuts" Hucko on clarinet, in a show paying tribute to roses.

The tune plays over the closing credits of "Away with the Fairies" (2012), an episode from the first season of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.


  1. ^ a b Chris Tyle: Rose Room overview at - retrieved on 24 May 2009
  2. ^ Gene Lees: Cats of Any Color: Jazz Black and White. Oxford University Press US, 1995. ISBN 0-19-510287-8. p. 204

See also[edit]