“Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread” was written by James Whitcomb Riley and is often considered a traditional plantation song. Shortening bread is a fried batter, the ingredients of which include corn meal, flour, hot water, eggs, baking powder, milk and shortening. The song stayed in circulation long after the recipe went out of fashion.
“I Love You Truly,” the tune Sophie sang to Mrs. Chipinac for an ice cream cone, was written in 1901 by Carrie Jacobs-Bond. It can be heard about a minute into this clip of the timeless Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.
If you’ve ever seen a high school marching band or a Fourth of July fireworks display, you know John Philips Sousa. Sousa was a nineteenth century American composer so well known for his military and patriotic marches, he became known as “The March King.” This is his best-known march, "The Stars and Stripes Forever", which is the National March of the United States of America.
Leonard "Chico" Marx was the member of the Marx Brothers who sported a curly wig, Tyrolean hat and Italian accent. Though he played a dim-witted con artist, he was actually a gifted pianist, as demonstrated in this excerpt from Go West.
“The Sidewalks of New York” was written by Charles B. Lawlor and James W. Blake in 1894 and has historically been considered a New York City anthem. Governor Al Smith of New York used it as his rally song for an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 1928.