1. There’s a great rendition of “Japanese Sandman” on the original cast album of A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (I am one of the lucky people who saw the Broadway production of this terrific show). One of the production numbers is a medley of songs by composer Richard Whiting, including “Japanese Sandman.” The other songs in the medley are “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “Too Marvelous for Words,” “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” “Double Trouble,” “Louise,” “Sleepy Time Gal,” and “Beyond the Blue Horizon.”

      • That’s why they did the medley — the show’s creators felt that Whiting was a much overlooked composer. He also wrote “Hooray for Hollywod” and “Till We Meet Again,” and a lot of movie scores in the very late 1920s and early 1930s.

        His daughter was the great standards singer Margaret Whiting.

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