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Paul Whiteman (I) (1890–1967)

Paul Whiteman began his musical career as a viola player for the San Francisco Symphony. He enlisted in the Navy during World War I, and his musical abilities resulted in the Navy putting him in charge of his own band. After the war he moved to New York in 1920, where he recorded his first hit, Whispering/The Japanese Sandman. It sold more than two... See full bio »

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 2016 Vince Giordano: There's a Future in the Past (Documentary) (writer: "Linger Awhile")
 2010-2014 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (performer - 4 episodes)
- Golden Days for Boys and Girls (2014) ... (performer: "Great Day" - uncredited)
- The Age of Reason (2011) ... (performer: "Moonlight", "Just a Little Love Song" - uncredited)
- A Dangerous Maid (2011) ... (performer: "Sweet Lady" - uncredited)
- Boardwalk Empire (2010) ... (performer: "Whispering" (1920) - uncredited)
 2014 Red Alert (Documentary short) (performer: "You're the Top")
 2014 Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla ("Doo Wacka Doo")
 2011 Wrath (performer: "Smoke Get in Your Eyes")
 2009 The Louise Log (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- How to Deal with a Cute Repairman (2009) ... (performer: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes")
 2008 The Informative Adventures of Joe Average (Video short) (performer: "Do Wacko Do", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes")
 2008/I Dirt (Documentary) (performer: "Song of India")
 2007 Way Down Low ("Gloomy Sunday")
 2003 Alex & Emma (performer: "Charleston")
 2001 The Cat's Meow (performer: "Charleston" (1923), "Linger A While" (1922), "Hot Lips" (1922) - as Paul Whitman) / (performer: "Stumbling" (1922), "Say It With Music" (1921), "Somebody Loves Me" (1924))
 2001 Jeepers Creepers (performer: "Jeepers Creepers")
 1995 The Celluloid Closet (Documentary) (performer: "Hot Lips")
 1985 The Color Purple (performer: "Hot Lips")
 1979 The Magic of David Copperfield II (TV Special) (writer: "Rhapsody In Blue")
 1979 Agatha (music: "My Wonderful One")
 1962 All Night Long (writer: "I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You")
 1957 The Three Faces of Eve ("I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)", uncredited)
 1950 The Chump Champ (Short) (music: "Wonderful One")
 1948 Julia Misbehaves (music: "Wonderful One" - uncredited)
 1948 Little 'Tinker (Short) (music: "Wonderful One")
 1947 That's My Man (music: "Wonderful One" - uncredited)
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall (music: " (My) Wonderful One")
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (performer: "Rhapsody in Blue", "Blue Monday Blues" - uncredited)
 1943 Red Hot Riding Hood (Short) (music: "Wonderful One" (1922) - uncredited)
 1943 Flight for Freedom (writer: "Wonderful One" - uncredited)
 1943 Sufferin' Cats! (Short) (music: "Wonderful One" - uncredited)
 1941 Design for Scandal (music: "Wonderful One" (1923) - uncredited)
 1940 Strike Up the Band (music: "Wonderful One" (1922) - uncredited)
 1933 I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket (Short) (performer: "Underneath the Harlem Moon" - uncredited)
 1932 Westward Passage (music: "My Wonderful One" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Ziegfeld Follies of 1923. Musical revue. Music by Victor Herbert, Rudolf Friml and Dave Stamper. Lyrics by Gene Buck. Sketches by: Eddie Cantor and Gene Buck. Musical Director: Oscar Radin. Additional music by Joseph McCarthy, Harry Tierney, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Blanche Merrill, Leo Edwards, Gabriel Daray, Edgar Leslie, ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Paul Whiteman and Band

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Personal Quote:

Jazz is the folk music of the Industrial Age.


Composer Richard Rodgers originally wrote The Carousel Waltz especially for Whiteman's orchestra. Whiteman never used it, so Rodgers inserted it into the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. See more »


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