Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A New Item In the Collection!


We've just added a little whimsy to our collection with the addition of the sheet music of "The Whiffenpoof Song", written by Meade Minnigerode, George Stewart Pomeroy and Tod B. Galloway. The version we recently acquired is a revision by Rudy Vallee, copyrighted in 1936. The original song was written in 1909 at Yale College, where George Stewart "Doodles" Pomeroy was a member of the glee club. George was the son of George Strickland Pomeroy and Valerie C. Konig, and a descendant of Eltweed Pomeroy. He was born 6 Jul 1888 in Wernersville, Berks County, PA, graduated with a B.A. from Yale University in 1910 and in 1912 was coach of the glee club, now known as the Whiffenpoofs. George would later go on to establish the Dives, Pomeroy and Stewart Department Store in Wyomissing, PA.

Several versions of the Whiffenpoof Song are available on YouTube, including Rudy Vallee's version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJVUTHLFdQ0, and my personal favorite, Elvis Presley's version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umopushoa7I&feature=related!

Which is your favorite version?

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