Say It Isn't So (Irving Berlin song)
|"Say It Isn't So"|
|Single by George Olsen and His Orchestra|
|George Olsen and His Orchestra singles chronology|
"Say It Isn't So" is a popular song by Irving Berlin, published in 1932. The song was written when Berlin was suffering a loss of confidence following several setbacks and he initially placed the song in a drawer feeling that it would not be successful. However one of Berlin’s employees – Max Winslow – heard it and on his own initiative took it to Rudy Vallée, who was then a major star on radio. Vallee sang it on his radio show and it became an immediate hit.
George Olsen and His Orchestra released a version in 1932 that reached #1 and other popular versions in 1932 were by Ozzie Nelson, Connee Boswell and Rudy Vallée. Alfredo Antonini and his orchestra collaborated with Victoria Cordova and John Serry Sr. to record the work for Muzak in the 1940s. 
It has been recorded many times by many artists. Notable versions include:
- Connee Boswell (1932, #10)
- Bing Crosby recorded the song for his album Bing Crosby's Treasury - The Songs I Love (1968 version).
- Layton & Johnstone - Columbia DB982 (1932)
- Bob and Alf Pearson - Imperial 2816 (1933)
- Johnny Maestro - Released as a solo single while he was lead singer of The Crests (1960)
- Aretha Franklin for her album Laughing on the Outside (1962)
- Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues (2010 box set)
- Harry James - One Night Stand With Harry James on Tour in '64 (Joyce LP 1074, 1979)
- Stacey Kent - The Boy Next Door (2003)
- Stan Kenton - The Romantic Approach (1961)
- Teddi King - 'Round Midnight (2008)
- Julie London on her 1955 LP album, Julie Is Her Name.
- Lucy Maunder for her album, Songs in the Key of Black (2012).
- Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra (1932, #8)
- Dinah Washington for her album In the Land of Hi-Fi (1956).
- Andy Williams for his album, Lonely Street (1959).
- Bergreen, Laurence (1990). As Thousands Cheer - The Life of Irving Berlin. New York: Viking Penguin Inc. pp. 305–306. ISBN 0-340-53486-9.
- George Olsen and His Orchestra, "Say It Isn't So" Chart Position Retrieved September 14, 2013
- Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 575. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
- Victoria Cordova and the Alfredo Antonini Orchrestra perform "Say It Isn't So" as archived at The Library of Congress Online Catalog at catalog.loc.gov
- Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, "Connee Boswell" Chart Position Retrieved September 14, 2013
- Nathanael Cooper (14 June 2012). "Lucy Maunder brings her love of old-world music to Noosa Longweekend". Courier Mail. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra, "Say It Isn't So" Chart Position Retrieved September 14, 2013
|This pop standards-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|