Songs Sung on the Jack Benny Show 1940-1949


Almost every episode of the Jack Benny show, both prior to and during the 1940s shows covered here,  featured a song sung by a tenor. The song was usually (although not always) sung somewhere around the middle portion of an episode, and/or used to mark a distinct break from the first part of an episode to the second part.  For most of the 1930s the Jack Benny show tenor was Kenny Baker; Dennis Day, Baker's replacement, was the regular tenor for the Jack Benny program for most of the 1940s. Besides being a very good singer, Dennis was also a great comedian and a skilled mimic.  Dennis Day's' naive, childlike character began as being somewhat similar to Kenny Baker's character, but rather quickly evolved to become much more, and Dennis' perfectly timed delivery of his lines can often be the funniest part of a Benny episode.  Dennis Day's replacement while he was serving a stint in the US Navy was Larry Stevens, who frankly just was not as good a singer OR comedian as Dennis.  But it shows how routine the "song segment" was on some 1940s radio programs was: rather than just go tenor-less during Dennis Day's Navy stint, the Benny production staff decided to hire a replacement singer. The actual "hunt" for a replacement generated some good episodes, though, with several candidates for the job, and at one point Jack even trying to hire Frank Sinatra.

Nowadays, these song segments aren't exactly the most popular segment of the Benny program; listening to a Benny show today, even including the 1940s slang/pop culture references/war material, the songs are often cited as the most "dated"  part of the show.  I've even heard some Benny radio re-broadcasts that edit the songs out completely. While I must admit that sometimes the song segments aren't my favorite part of the program either, there are still many of the songs and performances that ARE quite good. And like them or not, in my opinion you need to listen to them as part of the experience of enjoying a complete Jack Benny radio episode.  The Grateful Dead, for instance, had a 30-40 minute segment titled "Drumz/Space" during all of their concerts during the Eighties and the Nineties; some Dead fans would cut that segment out of their concert tapes, but I think that they're missing the whole experience. (How's that for slipping in a Jack Benny/Grateful Dead reference?).  Of course, if you don't enjoy the Dennis Day/Larry Stevens song part of the shows, no one can force you to listen to them. But if you're one of those people, give the songs another chance.

You may also notice that this is a list of songs sung by the shows' resident tenor at the time; songs sung by guest stars, other cast members, etc. are not listed as of yet, although I will be adding this in the future.

Here's the list of the songs in broadcast order. As always, please feel free to email any corrections/additions, etc.




SONGS SUNG BY DENNIS DAY




1939-1940 SEASON

01    10/08/1939            Goodnight, My Beautiful
02    10/15/1939             Cinderella, Stay in My Arms
03    10/22/1939            South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
04    10/29/1939            I Poured My Heart Into a Song
05    11/05/1939             Last Night
06    11/12/1939             A Man and His Dream
07    11/19/1939             Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
08    11/26/1939  
09    12/03/1939             My Prayer
10     12/10/1939             Lilacs in the Rain
11      12/17/1939             Tomorrow Night
12     12/24/1939             Christmas Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem/The First Noel/Away in a Manger
13     12/31/1939             All The Things You Are
14     01/07/1940            With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair
15     01/14/1940            
Down by the River
16     01/21/1940           
17     01/28/1940             Careless
18     02/04/1940            It's A Blue World
19     02/11/1940             Darn That Dream
20    02/18/1940             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
21     02/25/1940            The Isle of May
22     03/03/1940            Make Love With a Guitar
23     03/10/1940            Some Day You'll Find Your Bluebird
24     03/17/1940            Phil the Fluter's Ball
25     03/24/1940            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
26     03/31/1940            When You Wish Upon a Star/Hi Diddle Dee Dee
27     04/07/1940           My Kind of Country
28     04/14/1940            Too Romantic
29     04/21/1940             Last Night's Gardenias
30     04/28/1940            Say It
31     05/05/1940             How High the Moon
32     05/12/1940             Little Mother of Mine
33     05/19/1940             With the Wind and Rain in Her Hair
34     05/26/1940            Violetta
35     06/02/1940            Where I Was
36     06/09/1940            Say It
37     06/16/1940             Blue Lovebird

1940-1941 SEASON

01     10/06/1940          When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
02    10/13/1940           The Nearness of You
03    10/20/1940           Trade Winds
04    10/27/1940           He's My Uncle
05    11/03/1940            Do You Know Why?
06    11/10/1940            Blueberry Hill
07    11/17/1940            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
08    11/24/1940            Two Dreams Met
09    12/01/1940            A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
10    12/08/1940           I'd Know You Anywhere
11    12/15/1940             There I Go
12    12/22/1940            Christmas Medley: The First Noel/Away in a Manger/O Come All Ye Faithful
13    12/29/1940            Perfidia
14    01/05/1941            I'm Going To Round up My Love
15    01/12/1941             The Rose of Tralee
16    01/19/1941             I Hear a Rhapsody
17    01/26/1941             It All Comes Back to Me Now
18    02/02/1941            Yours
19    02/09/1941            You Should Be Set To Music
20    02/16/1941            I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
21    02/23/1941             Perfidia
22    03/02/1941            It All Comes Back To Me Now
23    03/09/1941            Frenesi
24    03/16/1941             In Dublin's Fair City
25    03/23/1941            High on a Windy Hill
26    03/30/1941            High on a Windy Hill
27    04/06/1941            Two Ships That Pass in the Night
28    04/13/1941             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
29    04/20/1941            Once Upon A Summertime
30    04/27/1941            Amapola
31    05/04/1941            My Sister and I
32    05/11/1941             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
33    05/18/1941             I Do, Do You?
34    05/25/1941             You and I
35    06/01/1941            'Till Reveille


1941-1942 SEASON

01    10/05/1941            You and I
02    10/12/1941             Time Was
03    10/19/1941             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
04    10/26/1941            I Don't Want To Set the World on Fire
05    11/02/1941             I Know Why
06    11/09/1941             Carry Me Back to the Lone Prairie
07    11/16/1941              The Shepherd's Serenade
08    11/23/1941             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
09    11/30/1941             Magnolias in the Moonlight
10    12/07/1941             Everything I Love/All the Things You Are
11    12/14/1941               Rose O'Day
12    12/21/1941              Christmas Medley: The First Noel/Away in a Manger/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
13    12/28/1941              Who Calls
14    01/04/1942             Rose O'Day/I See Your Eyes Before Me/I'm in the Mood for Love/The Way You Look Tonight
15    01/11/1942              We Did It Before
16    01/18/1942              Madeline/Phil the Fluter's Ball/The Shepherd's Serenade/America The Beautiful
17    01/25/1942              The White Cliffs of Dover
18    02/01/1942             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
19    02/08/1942             This Love of Mine
20    02/15/1942             Abe Lincoln Had Just One Country
21    02/22/1942             Private Buckaroo
22    03/01/1942             Everything I Love/All the Things You Are
23    03/08/1942             Always in my Heart
24    03/15/1942              The Garden Where The Praties Grow
25    03/22/1942              I'll Pray For You
26    03/29/1942             Can't You Hear Me Callin', Caroline/On the Mississippi/I Dream of Jeanie/Waiting for the Robert E Lee
27    04/05/1942             In an Old Cathedral Garden
28    04/12/1942              She'll Always Remember/Memories
29    04/19/1942              I Remember You
30    04/26/1942             Always in my Heart
31    05/03/1942             ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
32    05/10/1942             Johnny Doughboy
33    05/17/1942             When You're With Me/Yankee Doodle Dandy/Give My Regards to Broadway
34    05/24/1942             Sleepy Lagoon
35    05/31/1942             When You Wish Upon a Star

1942-1943 SEASON

01    10/04/1942            Be Careful, It's My Heart
02    10/11/1942            At Last
03    10/18/1942            Conchita
04    10/25/1942            At Last
05    11/01/1942            There Will Never Be Another You
06    11/08/1942            White Christmas
07    11/15/1942            Dearly Beloved
08    11/22/1942            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
09    11/29/1942            Three  Dreams
10    12/06/1942            I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep/I'll See You In My Dreams
11    12/13/1942             I Had the Craziest Dream
12    12/20/1942            White Christmas
13    12/27/1942            There Are Such Things
14    01/03/1943            You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
15    01/10/1943            Moonlight Becomes You
16    01/17/1943            Three Dreams
17    01/24/1943            I Just Kissed Your Picture Goodnight
18    01/31/1943            As Time Goes By
19    02/07/1943           Moonlight Mood
20    02/14/1943            You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To
21    02/21/1943            I Heard That Song Before
22    02/28/1943            I Just Kissed Your Picture Goodnight
23    03/07/1943           There Are Such Things
24    03/14/1943            Danny Boy
25    03/21/1943            That Old Black Magic
26    03/28/1943            It Can't Be Wrong           
27    04/04/1943           As Time Goes By
28    04/11/1943            You Mustn't Say Goodbye
29    04/18/1943            Night And Day
30    04/25/1943            April Showers/Would It Be Wrong?
31    05/02/1943            In the Blue of the Evening
32    05/09/1943            Little Mother of Mine
33    05/16/1943            In My Arms
34    05/23/1943            You'll Never Know
35    05/30/1943            You Rhyme with Everything That's Beautiful

1943-1944 SEASON

01    10/10/1943            People Will Say We're in Love
02    10/17/1943            How Sweet You Are/As Time Goes By
03    10/24/1943            I Heard You Cried Last Night
04    10/31/1943            Brazil
05    11/07/1943            Oh What a Beautiful Morning
06    11/14/1943             My Heart Tells Me
07    11/21/1943             Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There
08    11/28/1943             Star Eyes
09    12/05/1943            I'll be Home for Christmas/White Christmas
10    12/12/1943             How Sweet You Are
11    12/19/1943              Speak Low
12    12/26/1943             Christmas Medley:  The First Noel/Away in a Manger/O Come All Ye Faithful
13    01/02/1944             (This Will Be) My Shining Hour
14    01/09/1944             My Heart Tells Me
15    01/16/1944             I've Had That Feeling Before
16    01/23/1944             Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
17    01/30/1944             Poinciana
18    02/06/1944             My Ideal
19    02/13/1944             Besame Mucho
20    02/20/1944            I've Got You Under My Skin
21    02/27/1944            Two Heavens
22    03/05/1944            A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening/The Way You Look Tonight
23    03/12/1944             Pretty Kitty Blue Eyes
24    03/19/1944            The River of the Roses
25    03/26/1944            I'll Get By
26    04/02/1944            It's Spring Again
27    04/09/1944            Long Ago and Far Away
28    04/16/1944            Now I Know/On the Road to Mandalay
29    04/23/1944            Amour  ((Dennis' last show before entering the Navy))
30    04/30/1944           ((Dennis does not appear on this show---Dick Haymes sings "I Love You"))
31    05/07/1944            
((Dennis does not appear on this show---Dick Haymes sings "Long Ago and Far Away"))
32    05/14/1944            ((Dennis does not appear on this show))
33    05/21/1944            ((Dennis does not appear on this show))
34    05/28/1944            ((Dennis does not appear on this show---Danny Kaye sings "Stanislavsky"))
35    06/04/1944            ((Dennis does not appear on this show---Phil Harris sings "G.I. Jive"))


SONGS SUNG BY LARRY STEVENS



1944-1945 SEASON

01    10/01/1944          ((Phil Harris sings "Come Out Wherever You Are"))
02    10/08/1944         ((Frank Sinatra sings "All The Things You Are"))
03    10/15/1944          ((John Charles Thomas sings "When the Boys Come Home"))
04    10/22/1944          ((Cliff Nazaro sings "I'll Remember"))
05    10/29/1944          ((Martha Tilton sings "The Trolley Song"))
06    11/05/1944          I'll Be Seeing You-April in Paris  ((Larry Stevens sings this briefly in first appearance on the program))
07    11/24/1944          Let Me Love You Tonight
08    11/19/1944          What a Difference a Day Makes
09    11/26/1944          I'll Walk Along
10    12/03/1944          I'm Making Believe
11     12/10/1944          There Goes That Song Again
12     12/17/1944          Sleigh Ride in July
13     12/24/1944          Christmas Medley: O Come All Ye Faithful/O Little Town of Bethlehem/Silent Night
14     12/31/1944           The Trolley Song
15     01/07/1945          Don't Fence Me In
16     01/14/1945           The Night is Young and You're So Beautiful
17     01/21/1945           Strange Music
18     01/28/1945           Evalina
19     02/04/1945          An Irish Lullaby
20     02/11/1945          You Belong to My Heart
21     02/18/1945           Sweetheart of All My Dreams
22     02/25/1945          Let Me Love You Tonight
23     03/04/1945          Goodnight, Sweet Dreams Sweetheart
24     03/11/1945           Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
25     03/18/1945           Don't You Care to Know Me (Don't You Know I Care?)
26     03/25/1945          With a Song In My Heart
27     04/01/1945           All of My Life
28     04/08/1945          This Heart of Mine
29     04/15/1945           ((no episode due to President Roosevelt's death))
30     04/22/1945          You Belong to My Heart
31      04/29/1945          A Sleigh Ride in July
32     05/06/1945          More and More
33     05/13/1945          Just a Prayer Away
34     05/20/1945          Stars in Your Eyes
35     05/27/1945          All of My Life


1945-1946 SEASON

01    09/30/1945             Til the End of Time
02    10/07/1945             
And There You Are
03    10/14/1945               ((Larry does not appear on this episode))
04    10/21/1945              Navajo Trail
05    10/28/1945              Out of Nowhere
06    11/04/1945              It Might As Well Be Spring
07    11/11/1945                It's Been a Long Long Time
08    11/18/1945               I'll Buy That Dream
09    11/25/1945               It Might As Well be Spring
10    12/02/1945              
((Larry does not appear on this episode))
11    12/09/1945               Lillybell    
12    12/16/1945               ((Larry appears but does not sing due to laryngitis))
13    12/23/1945               Ave Maria
14    12/30/1945               I'm Glad I Waited For You
15    01/06/1946              It's a Grand Night for Singing
16    01/13/1946               It Might As Well Be Spring/It's a Grand Night for Singing (with whole cast)
17    01/20/1946              That's For Me
18    01/27/1946              Symphony  ((Phil Harris, Jeannine Roos and the cast sing "One-zy Two-zy"))
19    02/03/1946            
((Larry does not appear on this episode))
20    02/10/1946              Aren't You Glad You're You
21    02/17/1946               Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
22    02/24/1946              Pickle in the Middle
23    03/03/1946              Day by Day
24    03/10/1946              Come Closer to Me  ((Larry Stevens' last appearance as a replacement for Dennis Day))

1945-46:  THE FOLLOWING SONGS ARE SUNG BY DENNIS DAY:

25    03/17/1946            Danny Boy   ((Dennis' first show back after returning from the Navy))
26    03/24/1946            Oh, What It Seemed To Be
27    03/31/1946            The Ballad of Rodger Young
28    04/07/1946            I Can't Begin To Tell You
29    04/14/1946            Wait and See
30    04/21/1946            I Remember April
31    04/28/1946            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
32    05/05/1946            I'm Laughing on the Outside
33    05/12/1946            Little Mother of Mine
34    05/19/1946            We'll Gather Lilacs
35    05/26/1946            They Say It's Wonderful


1946-1947 SEASON

01    09/26/1946           To Each His Own
02    10/06/1946           You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
03    10/13/1946            If You Were the Only Girl in the World
04    10/20/1946           The Whole World is Singing My Song
05    10/27/1946            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
06    11/03/1946            Rumors Are Flying
07    11/10/1946            Somewhere in the Night
08    11/17/1946            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
09    11/24/1946             For You, For Me, Forevermore
10    12/01/1946             September Song
11    12/08/1946             Ol' Buttermilk Sky
12    12/15/1946             The Old Lamplighter
13    12/22/1946             Christmas Medley/Silent Night  ((sung with former Benny show tenors Kenny Baker and Larry Stevens))
14    12/29/1946             The Girl That I Marry
15    01/05/1947            I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
16    01/12/1947            You'll Always Be The One I Love
17    01/19/1947            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
18    01/26/1947            Falling In Love is Easy
19    02/02/1947            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
20    02/09/1947           Anniversary Song
21    02/16/1947            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
22    02/23/1947            How Are Things in Glocca Mora?
23    03/02/1947            Oh, But I Do
24    03/09/1947            You Can't See the Sun When You're Crying
25    03/16/1947             Donnegal/Always/Ragtime Cowboy Joe/Carolina in the Morning  ((medley with Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, and Andy Russell)
26    03/23/1947            I'll Close My Eyes/Old MacDonald  ((sung with the cast))
27    03/30/1947           Wyoming
28    04/06/1947            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
29    04/13/1947             When Am I Gonna Kiss You Good Morning?
30    04/20/1947            Mam'selle
31    04/27/1947            Anniversary Song
32    05/04/1947            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
33    05/09/1947            Little Mother of Mine
34    05/18/1947            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
35    05/25/1947             I Can't Get Up the Nerve to Kiss You
 
1947-1948 SEASON

01    10/05/1947            Naughty Angeline
02    10/12/1947            Yah Sure You Betcha
03    10/19/1947            The Whiffenpoof Song
04    10/26/1947            Ghost Dance
05    11/02/1947            ((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
06    11/09/1947            Mimi
07    11/16/1947            I Wish I Didn't Love You So
08    11/23/1947            How Lucky You Are
09    11/30/1947            Don't You Love Me Any More
10    12/07/1947           
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))  
11    12/14/1947              So Far
12    12/21/1947             Christmas medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Noel, Adeste Fideles
13    12/28/1947            The Stars Will Remember
14    01/04/1948            
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
15    01/11/1948            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
16    01/18/1948             ((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
17    01/25/1948             A Few More Kisses
18    02/01/1948            
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
19    02/08/1948            Pianissimo
20    02/15/1948            Dance, Ballerina, Dance
21    02/22/1948            Serenade of The Bells
22    02/29/1948            
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
23    03/07/1948            What'll I Do
24    03/14/1948            MacNamara's Band
25    03/21/1948             Tell Me a Story
26    03/28/1948            Just a few More Kisses
27    04/04/1948           
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
28    04/11/1948             I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
29    04/18/1948            Now is The Hour
30    04/25/1948            Nature Boy
31    05/02/1948            
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
32    05/09/1948            I'd Give a Million Tomorrows
33    05/16/1948             Blue Shadows on the Trail
34    05/23/1948             Haunted Heart
35    05/30/1948            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))            
36    06/06/1948            May I Never Love Again
37    06/13/1948             Mama Macushia
38    06/20/1948           
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
39    06/27/1948            Sleep, My Child


1948-1949 SEASON

01    10/03/1948            Tree in the Meadow
02    10/10/1948            Hair of Gold Eyes of Blue
03    10/17/1948            This is the Moment
04    10/24/1948            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing)) 
05    10/31/1948            Down Among the Sheltering Palms
06    11/07/1948            The Bluebird of Happiness
07    11/14/1948             Buttons and Bows
08    11/21/1948             Lavender Blue
09    11/28/1948             Bouquet of Roses/Turkey in the Straw
10    12/05/1948             Say it Isn't So
11    12/12/1948              You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
12    12/19/1948              Ave Maria
13    12/26/1948             Galway Bay
14    01/02/1949             Look Up
15    01/09/1949            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))        
16    01/16/1949             Clancy Lowered The Boom
17    01/23/1949            Here I'll Stay
18    01/30/1949            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
19    02/06/1949            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
20    02/13/1949            There's a Bluebird Singing On My Heart
21    02/20/1949            So Dear To My Heart
22    02/27/1949            Forever and Ever
23    03/06/1949            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
24    03/13/1949            Clancy Lowered The Boom
25    03/20/1949            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
26    03/27/1949            Again
27    04/03/1949            Far Away Places
28    04/10/1949            It's a Big, Wide, Wonderful World
29    04/17/1949            Easter Parade
30    04/24/1949           
((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
31    05/01/1949             Careless Hands
32    05/08/1949            Little Mother Of Mine
33    05/15/1949            
((Dennis appears on the show but doesn't sing))
34    05/22/1949             A Chapter In My Life Called Mary
35    05/29/1949            Three Wishes


1949-1950 SEASON

01   09/11/1949            Younger Than Springtime
02   09/18/1949           Roomful of Roses
03   09/25/1949           Some Enchanted Evening
04   10/02/1949           Just One Way to Say I Love You
05   10/09/1949           You're Breaking My Heart
06   10/16/1949            Lucky Old Sun
07   10/23/1949            ((Dennis appears on this episode but doesn't sing))
08   10/30/1949           The Last Mile Home
09   11/06/1949            Younger Than Springtime
10   11/13/1949             Roses in December
11   11/20/1949             ((Dennis does not appear on this episode))
12   11/27/1949             You're Breaking My Heart
13   12/04/1949            ((Dennis appears on this episode but doesn't sing))
14   12/11/1949             Dear Hearts and Gentle People
15   12/18/1949             I Must Have Done Something Wonderful
16   12/25/1949             Ave Maria
17   01/01/1950             I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts
18   01/08/1950            Marta
19   01/15/1950             Happy Times
20   01/22/1950            Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
21   01/29/1950            There's No Tomorrow   
22   02/05/1950            Dear Hearts and Gentle People
23   02/12/1950            ((Dennis does not appear on this episode---The Ink Spots sing "If I Didn't Care"))
24   02/19/1950            A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
25   02/26/1950            Scarlet Ribbons
26   03/05/1950            Blossoms on the Bough
27   03/12/1959            Clancy Lowered the Boom
28   03/19/1950            Music, Music, Music
29   03/26/1950            My Foolish Heart
30   04/02/1950            ((Dennis appears on the episode but doesn't sing))
31   04/09/1950            Denise
32   04/16/1950            Daddy's Little Girl
33   04/23/1950            ((Dennis appears on the episode but doesn't sing))  
34   04/30/1950            The Horse Told Me
35   05/07/1950            They Say It's Wonderful
36   05/14/1950             Little Mother of Mine
37   05/21/1950             Come Into the Parlour
38   05/28/1950            ((Dennis appears on the episode but doesn't sing))
           


"Songs Sung on the Jack Benny Show 1940-1949" last revised:   February 08, 2014