1923 Victor 78, 19019-B
|Single by Paul Whiteman Orchestra|
January 25, 1923|
New York City
"Wonderful One" is a popular song recorded by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra on January 25, 1923 in New York and was released as Victor 19019-B. The record reached no. 3 on the Billboard chart. The song was also recorded as "My Wonderful One".
The music was written by Paul Whiteman and Ferde Grofé, the lyrics by Theodora Morse (also known as Dorothy Terris), based on a theme by movie director Marshall Neilan, "Adapted from a Theme by Marshall Neilan". The song was published in 1922 by Leo Feist in New York as a "Waltz Song" which was dedicated "To Julie".
The song is a well-known jazz and pop standard, recorded by many artists, including Gertrude Moody, Edward Miller, Martha Pryor, Helen Moretti, John McCormack who released it as Victor 961, and Pete Bontsema in 1923. Henry Burr recorded the song in 1924 and Glenn Miller and his Orchestra in 1940. The Paul Whiteman Orchestra recorded the song three times, in an acoustical version in 1923, an electrical version in 1928, both released as Victor 78 singles, and in 1959 on the Grand Award LP album 33-412.
"Wonderful One" appeared in the following movies: Agatha (1979), The Chump Champ (1950), Little 'Tinker (1948), Margie (1946), Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), Sufferin' Cats (1943), Design for Scandal (1941), Strike Up the Band (1940), and Westward Passage (1932).
- Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, 1922, original instrumental version on Victor
- Martha Pryor, 1923
- Edward Miller, 1923
- Gertrude Moody, 1923
- John McCormack, 1923
- Pete Bontsema, 1923
- Henry Burr, 1924
- Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, 1939, on RCA Bluebird
- Frances Langford
- Art Tatum
- The Chordettes, 1953
- Paul Weston and His Orchestra, 1953, instrumental version
- Ken Griffin, 1954, instrumental
- Mel Tormé, 1955
- The McGuire Sisters, 1956
- Tony Bennett, 1960, To My Wonderful One album
- David Whitfield, 1961
- Della Reese, 1963
- Jerry Vale, 1963
- George Sanders on the album Songs for the Lovely Lady
- Bent Fabric, 1964
- Doris Day, 1967
- Bill Kenny
- Vera Lynn
- Woody Herman
- Helen Moretti
- Dave Frishberg
- Fred Hartley
- Floyd Dixon
- Mari Jones
- Ben Light on Tempo
- Barbara Cameron on King Records
- Elizabeth Spencer, 1923 on Edison Records
- Psycho Realm, 1997 sample
- U.S. Library of Congress. National Jukebox. Paul Whiteman recording.
- U.S. Library of Congress. National Jukebox. Henry Burr recording.
- U.S. Library of Congress. National Jukebox. John McCormack recording.
- The Interactive Tony Bennett Discography: Wonderful One.
- Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra. Red Hot Jazz.