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  Top Of The Charts -1921
Buy It! December 11, 1920 -
January 28, 1921
The Japanese Sandman - Paul Whiteman
Buy It! January 29, 1921 -
March 11, 1921
Wang Wang Blues - Paul Whiteman
Buy It! March 12, 1921 -
April 15, 1921
Margie - Eddie Cantor
Buy It! April 16, 1921 -
May 13, 1921
O-H-I-O (O-My! O!) - Al Jolson
Buy It! May 14, 1921 -
June 3, 1921
Look For The Silver Lining - Marion Harris
Buy It! June 4, 1921 -
July 7, 1921
My Mammy - Paul Whiteman
Buy It! July 8, 1921 -
July 29, 1921
Make Believe - Nora Bayes
Buy It! July 30, 1921 -
September 9, 1921
Cherie - Paul Whiteman
Buy It! September 10, 1921 -
September 23, 1921
Ain't We Got Fun? - Van & Schenk
Buy It! September 24, 1921 -
October 21, 1921
Song of India - Paul Whiteman
Buy It! October 22, 1921 -
November 25, 1921
All By Myself - Ted Lewis
Buy It! November 26, 1921 -
December 30, 1921
Say It With Music - Paul Whiteman
Buy It! December 31, 1921 -
February 10, 1922
Wabash Blues - Isham Jones

Make Believe
Music by Jerome Kern and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II for the Broadway Musical Showboat. The Musical was one of the first musicals to actually use the songs to. This technique will be perfected when Oscar Hammerstein teams with Richard Rodger's for OKLAHOMA move the story forward. the musical was extremely controversial as it dealt with interracial marriage and it was also the first racially integrated musical. Previously whites and black performers did not perform on the same stage together. The musical was filmed twice one in 1936 and again by MGM in 1951.

Al Jolson
April Showers
This was one of Al Jolson's trademark songs. And was written by Louis Silvers and BG De Silva for a musical called Bomba. The song was used in the The Bugs Bunny 1962 short Wet Hare.

Fanny Brice
My Man
My Man (and Funny Girl) are regaining popularity now by Lea Michele as the Character of Rachel Berry in Glee uses Barbara Streisand and Funny Girl as her inspiration for star success.

Marion Harris
Look For The Silver Lining
Written by Jerome kern the song was originally written for the musical Zip, Goes A Million. It was then reused in another musical called Sally where it picked up popularity. The song was also rewritten to be the Anthem for the ILGWU called Look For The Union Label. Recently the song was used in the popular Masterpiece Classic Series Downton Abbey.

I Ain't Got Nobody
The song though popular on it's own in the 1920s. It would later become more popular still when paired as a melody with I'm Just a Gigolo. This combination was performed by such artists as Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, and David Lee Roth.

Original Dixie Land Band
St. Louis Blues
Composed by W. C. Handy in 1914. the song was inspired by a melody that Handy Heard while out of work in St. Louis. It also took some inspiration from a woman who inspired him to write "ma man's got a heart like a rock cast into the sea." The song has been recorded by many artists from The Original Dixie Land Band to Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder and David Sanborn. At his death in 1958 WC Handy was receiving 25,000 dollars in royalty annually.

Paul Biese Trio and Frank Crumit
Mimi
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Would later become popular again in the 1932 film "Love Me Tonight" and sung by Maurice Chevalier.
Richard Rodgers would later achieve major successes with Oscar Hammerstein. ( See Make Believe).

Van and Schenk
A'int We Got Fun
Was used as Eric Northman's ringtone in a 2010 episode of Trueblood. Also used as part of a pivotal point in F Scott Fitzgerald's novel the Great Gatsby.

  Top Artists and Songs of 1921
Buy It! Aileen Stanley
My Mammy
My Man
Buy It! Al Jolson - Although he usually wore blackface in live performances, he was also known for fighting against anti-black discrimination on Broadway
Avalon
O -H-I-O (O-My-O!)
Buy It! Ben Selvin
Say It With Music
Cherie
Buy It! Benson Orchestra of Chicago
Bimini Bay
Buy It! Billy Murray & Billy Jones
Down By The O-HI-O
Buy It! Eddie Cantor
Margie
Buy It! Ethel Waters - in 1949, Ethel was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Pinky.
There'll Be Some Changes made
Buy It! Fanny Brice - Her marriage to Nick Arnstien was the basis for the Broadway Musical and Film Funny Girl.
My Man - Signature Song
Second Hand Rose
Buy It! Frank Crumit
Sweet Lady, All By Myself
Buy It! Isham Jones
Wabash Blues - Signature Song (#1 for six weeks)
Buy It! Mamie Smith (May 26, 1883 - September 16, 1946)
What Have I Done
Royal Garden Blues
Buy It! Marion Harris -" The Queen of the Blues"
Look For The Silver Lining
I'm A Jazz Vampire
I Ain't Got Nobody - Signature Song
I'm Nobody's Baby
Beale Street Blues
Buy It! Nora Bayes - AKA Eleanor Goldberg, was married five times, and adopted three children.
Make Believe
Buy It! Original Dixieland Jazz Band called themselves the Creators of Jazz because they made some of the earliest jazz recordings, in 1917.
St. Louis Blues
Palesteena
Buy It! Patrick Waddington
Night May Have Its Sadness
Buy It! Paul Biese Trio and Frank Crumit
MiMi
Buy It! Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra were the most popular band of the 1920s.
Say It With Music
Caresses
My Mammy
Bright Eyes
Cherie
Song of India
My Man (Mon Homme)
April Showers
Make Believe
Learn To Smile
Gypsy Blues
Buy It! Prince's Orchestra
Deep In Your Eyes
Buy It! Ted Lewis (June 6, 1890 - August 25, 1971)
All By Myself
Buy It! Van and Schenck
Ain't We Got Fun? - Signature Song
 
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