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Makin' Whoopee - Eddie Cantor and Various Artists

Legbamel Not-Pop

Once upon a time, a guy named Eddie Cantor sang a jazzy, breezy little ditty titled Makin' Whoopee. That swingin' song became a standard and has been recorded by dozens of people, including such notables as Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Scatman John.

For your delight this Thursday evening, I offer a full dozen and a half versions of Makin' Whoopee, with all of those and more. I've got Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Cindi Lauper with Tony Bennett, and Rod Stewart with Elton John, of all things.

Most versions of the song stay pretty playful, as the tone intended, despite the rather dire warnings of to what such whoopee can lead. Should you be contemplating some whoop-de-doo of your own, consider the eighteen versions of these warnings before you commit. Sadly, the wonderful version from Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones was not on Grooveshark so you'll have to either check out "Here We Go Again", their Ray Charles tribute album, for yourself or wait until I find a way to share it here.

In the meantime, enjoy this mess of Makin' Whoopee. Don't miss Shirley Bassey, while you're exploring the list! Let me know which one you like best or if I've missed your favorite completely.

18 Kinds of Whoopee by legbamel on Grooveshark

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