Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   2 comments
Life Arts

The Song; My Melancholy Baby

By       Message Phil Klein     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 3 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 40105
Become a Fan
  (6 fans)
; }            MY MELANCHOLY BABY by Ernie Burnett

                (a song with a couple of bizarre twists")

 

I was born in Saranac Lake, N.Y. in the year 1927 and became involved in music (with piano lessons.)   My parents were avidly interested in music, and it rubbed off. I became a professional musician.

 

Thus, it was novel to grow up in a small town that was the home of a very famous songwriter, Ernie Burnett. He had had one monster hit song, MY MELANCHOLY BABY, and was constantly asked by the natives when he was going to write another famous song.   This naivete must have bugged Ernie, but some recognition was better than none!  

 

Ernie's birthplace was Cincinnati (1884) and he died in Saranac Lake in 1959.   In the intervening period, his song was used in many movies, the foremost of which was A STAR IS BORN, in which Judy Garland sang Ernie's MY MELANCHOLY BABY.

 

I actually peddled the Adirondack Daily Enterprise to Ernie's house in Saranac at 33 Franklin Ave.   I also have a recollection of his dropping by to give us piano students some chocolates when we were having a group lesson at   the Hotel Saranac.

 

So MELANCHOLY BABY, which had been written in the year 1912, never stopped going strong.   I can tell you, as a piano-player, that I have heard that simulated drunken request a zillion times:   "Hey! Play MELANCHOLY BABY!"   (I tried to research how that started, and there are a large number of "explanations."   Who knows?   

 

But now it's time for the bizarre part.   Ernie had served in the American armed forces in WW I.   He was grievously wounded and in his unconscious state, placed on the back of a truck with many dead and badly wounded soldiers.   Unfortunately, while this was happening, his "dog tags" were lost, so he was unidentifiable.    After a lengthy period of time, Ernie recovered, but there was a severe problem: He had amnesia. There was no way to figure out who this recovered soldier was! This went on for a number of   weeks (or perhaps months) and his identity remained a big mystery.

 

But then, one day, an entertainment troupe stopped by to entertain the troops and one of their big tunes was- you guessed it: MY MELANCHOLY BABY.

 

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

 

- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

I have spent a long and interesting life involved in music, as a performer (piano,) educator (at every level from elementary to graduate school,) solo pianist, bandleader, composer/songwriter; entertainer, storyteller and humorist. In my final (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon



Go To Commenting
/* The Petition Site */
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Mother Machree

THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER (some interesting facts)

Danny Boy (One of a Kind!)

THE UNUSUAL STORY OF A GREAT HIT SONG OF THE 60'S

What Everyone Should Know About Einstein and the Atomic Bomb

The Song; My Melancholy Baby