Tin Pan Alley: Sweet Sue

In January 1964, Songwriter Jerry Herman turned out the title tune for the show Hello, Dolly! In the 27 months since, the song has sold more than 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 3,000,000 recordings by 200 different performers, and has been played on the air hundreds of thousands of times. It goes like this (in B-flat):

HELLO, DOLLY, well, HELLO, DOLLY, It' s so

But it had to be played only once for Songwriter Mack David, who happened to catch it in the Louis Armstrong version. Hadn't he heard that song before?...

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