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Posted: 07/07/07 07:40 PM
Author: asrac1
Location: USA
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The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
When I was a child we owned a wind-up victola and my dad would play The World is Waiting for the Sunrise record. The words were sung by a man with an almost falsetto voice and he was backed with piano music. My sister and I believe one of the artists on the record was named Comstock or something similar. Can anybody figure out who I am remembering?

Posted: 07/07/07 08:25 PM
Author: Dan
Location: Claybricks
Posts: 2969


The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

Copyright 1919

Song Title: The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

Words by: Eugene Lockhart

Music by: Ernest Seitz

Dear one, the world is waiting for the sunrise.
Ev'ry rose is covered with dew
And while the world is waiting for the sunrise
And my heart is calling you.

Dear one, the world is waiting for the sunrise.
Every little rose bud is covered with dew
And my heart is calling you
The thrush on high his sleepy mate is calling
And my heart is calling you.

Artists: Many artists covered the song

Originally popularized by Isham Jones 2(1)-March 1923 (instrumental) and John Steel, tenor star of Brodway musicals, #4-April 1923.

Note: The link below states 1922 for John Steel's version. The link has a download for this song but you have to register first.


Isham Jones {1923}

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Les Paul And Mary Ford {1951}

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The Benson Orchestra of Chicago {1922}

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Jess Stacy {1926)

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise is a popular ballad with lyrics by Gene Lockhart and music (Toronto 1918) by the concert pianist Ernest Seitz, who had conceived the refrain when he was 12. Embarrassed about writing popular music, Seitz used the pseudonym Raymond Roberts when the song was first published by Chappell in 1919.

More than 100 versions have been recorded. Initially, when the song's hopeful sentiment appealed to post-war North America, it was recorded by both singers and instrumentalists, including Morton Downey, Fritz Kreisler, Ted Lewis, and John Steel. Later, as a popular vehicle for improvisation, it was recorded by many jazz musicians, among them Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Mel Powell, Jess Stacy, and Jack Teagarden. A version made for Capitol in 1949 by guitarists Les Paul and Mary Ford was a million-seller. Canadian jazz musicians to record the song include Bert Niosi (1946), Peter Appleyard (1957), Ed Bickert (1979), and Oscar Peterson (1980).

The song's lyricist, Lockhart (b London, Ont, 1891, d Santa Monica, Cal, 1957), at the time an actor with the travelling Pierrot Players, had a successful career on Broadway and later in Hollywood. He wrote and directed the Broadway musical revue Bunk of 1926.

In order to find the correct artist, I need to know the year you first heard the song.


Aaron From OHWC
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