Leonard Whitcup

Profile:
Lyricist, Composer
Born In New York (October 12, 1903 - 1979)

Leonard Whitcup, he was educated at New York University and studied music with David Saperton and Orville Mayhood. He wrote music and lyrics for radio from 1925-1934, often performing alone or with his trio, The Playboys. From 1934 until 1977, Mr. Whitcup wrote popular songs and special material for vaudeville, revues, and television series, "The Soupy Sales Show." Mr. Whitcup also wrote music and lyrics for several motion pictures, including Rollin' Plains, Sweet Moments, Weekend Italian Style, Sons of Hercules, and the Swedish film Pippi Longstocking. His 1931 song "Fiesta" was featured by the Henry Busse Orchestra and used in Fellini's film 8 1/2.
Much of Whitcup's music was written in collaboration with other songwriters of the 1930s and 1940s, especially Teddy Powell, Walter G. Samuels, Chet Gierlach, Paul Cunningham, and Ted Lehrman. Among the more well-known of these hit songs are "Infatuation" (1934), which was recorded by singer Bing Crosby; "True" (1934), recorded and popularized by Ruth Etting; "I Couldn't Believe My Eyes (1935), recorded by Julius La Rosa; "Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle" (1935), which was recorded by Bing Crosby, Gene Autry, and many other artists of the day; "Rollin' Plains" (1937), featured by Tex Ritter in his film of the same name; "Heaven Help this Heart of Mine (1937), written especially for Mary Noble's play, Back Stage Life, and recorded by Buddy Clark and later by Mildred Bailey; and "Bewildered" (1938), recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Billy Eckstine, and many other artists of the day, and in the 1970s, by James Brown. Other hit songs worthy of mention are: "Frenesi" (1939) recorded by Woody Herman and Sylvia Sims; "Blazin' the Trail" (1936), recorded by Gene Autry; "From the Vine Came the Grape" (1953), recorded by The Gaylords and The Hilltoppers; and "The Sunshine of Love" (1968), recorded by Louis Armstrong.
Alone and in collaboration with Chet Gierlach and Johnny Olson, Mr. Whitcup authored many hymns in choral arrangements for up to four voices.
During World War II, Mr. Whitcup wrote a series of patriotic songs. The most famous of these is his "I Am an American," which was entered into the Congressional Record on May 5, 1941, as the official song for the national holiday proclaimed for May 18 by then-President Roosevelt: "I Am an American Day." Several versions of this song were published, including one which was adapted for Canadian use, retitled, "I Am a Canadian."
Mr. Whitcup was a member of the American Guild of Authors and Composers and served as Treasurer and Council Member of this group from 1955 to 1962 when he also became Vice President and Chairman until his death. He also served as Treasurer and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame; was treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Popular Music; and was a member of the East Coast Members Advisory Committee, and an alternative member of the Board of Review of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Mr. Whitcup and his wife, Sally, had no children. He died of a stroke in the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York in April, 1977 at age 75.
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1851-V Leonard Whitcup - It's Tight Like That / All I Want Is 'Iittle Ootsie Oo album art Lou Gold And His Orchestra All I Want Is 'Ittle Ootsie Oo (as Lennie) Lou Gold And His Orchestra - It's Tight Like That / All I Want Is 'Iittle Ootsie Oo(Shellac, 10") Velvet Tone 1851-V US 1929 Sell This Version
1981-D Leonard Whitcup - Swanee Shuffle / I Gotta Have You album art The Midnight Airdales I Gotta Have You (Quiero Tenerte A Mio Lado) (as Lennie) The Midnight Airdales - Swanee Shuffle / I Gotta Have You(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1981-D US 1929 Sell This Version
22678 Leonard Whitcup - Fiesta / Bubbling Over With Love album art Henry Busse And His Orchestra / Andy Sannella And His All Star Orchestra* Fiesta Henry Busse And His Orchestra / Andy Sannella And His All Star Orchestra* - Fiesta / Bubbling Over With Love Victor 22678 Japan 1931 Sell This Version
B-6010 Leonard Whitcup - Fiesta / Sunshine And Shadows album art The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Fiesta (as Whitcup) The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra - Fiesta / Sunshine And Shadows His Master's Voice B-6010 France 1931 Sell This Version
E.A.911 Leonard Whitcup - I Lost My Gal Again / Fiesta album art Ted Weems And His Orchestra / Henry Busse And His Orchestra Fiesta (as Whitcup) Ted Weems And His Orchestra / Henry Busse And His Orchestra - I Lost My Gal Again / Fiesta(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice E.A.911 Australia 1931 Sell This Version
K 1712, K 1712* Leonard Whitcup - Fiesta (Bianca) / Ich Hab' Ein Herz, Das Nach Liebe Sich Sehnt album art John Brigs Und Sein Jazzensemble Fiesta (Bianca) (as L. Whitcup) John Brigs Und Sein Jazzensemble - Fiesta (Bianca) / Ich Hab' Ein Herz, Das Nach Liebe Sich Sehnt(Shellac, 10") Kalliope, Kalliope K 1712, K 1712* Germany 1931 Sell This Version
D.O. 5784 Leonard Whitcup - Bianca / Signorina Aus Brioni album art Karkoff Orchester Bianca Karkoff Orchester - Bianca / Signorina Aus Brioni(Shellac, 7") Derby (3) D.O. 5784 Germany 1931 Sell This Version
2456-D Leonard Whitcup - Fiesta / On A Night Made For Love album art California Ramblers Fiesta = Fee-es-ta (as Whitcup) California Ramblers - Fiesta / On A Night Made For Love(Shellac, 10") Columbia 2456-D US 1931 Sell This Version
T-25 Leonard Whitcup - Fiesta / The Peanut Vendor album art Durium Dance Ensemble Fiesta (as L. Whitcup) Durium Dance Ensemble - Fiesta / The Peanut Vendor Durium Records T-25 Sweden 1932 Sell This Version
R 10806 Leonard Whitcup - Dimmi Una Bugia / Fiesta album art Daniele Serra (2) Fiesta (as Whitcup) Daniele Serra (2) - Dimmi Una Bugia / Fiesta(Shellac, 10") Disco "Grammofono" R 10806 Italy 1932 Sell This Version
E.A. 1201 Leonard Whitcup - Masquerade / Fiesta album art Central America Marimba Band Fiesta (as Whitcup) Central America Marimba Band - Masquerade / Fiesta(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice E.A. 1201 Australia 1933 Sell This Version
A 9.552 Leonard Whitcup - Nothing But The Best / True album art Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians True (as Whitcup) Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians - Nothing But The Best / True Brunswick A 9.552 France 1934 Sell This Version
2716 Leonard Whitcup - True / Dream Of Me Darling Tonight album art Joe Green And His Orchestra* True (as Whitcup) Joe Green And His Orchestra* - True / Dream Of Me Darling Tonight(Shellac, 10") Vocalion (2) 2716 US 1934 Sell This Version
41571 Leonard Whitcup - True / If It Ain't Love album art Chick Webb And His Orchestra True (as Whitcup) Chick Webb And His Orchestra - True / If It Ain't Love(Shellac, 10") Okeh 41571 US 1934 Sell This Version
15912 Leonard Whitcup - Butterfingers / Infatuation album art Charles Barnett And His Orchestra* Infatuation (as Whitcup) Charles Barnett And His Orchestra* - Butterfingers / Infatuation(Shellac, 10") Perfect (3) 15912 US 1934 Sell This Version
8166 Leonard Whitcup - Oh! Suzanne / True album art Jack Payne And His Band True (as Whitcup) Jack Payne And His Band - Oh! Suzanne / True(Shellac, 10") Rex 8166 UK 1934 Sell This Version
7389 Leonard Whitcup - March Winds And April Showers / I'm Misunderstood album art Abe Lyman And His California Orchestra* March Winds And April Showers (as Whitcup) Abe Lyman And His California Orchestra* - March Winds And April Showers / I'm Misunderstood Brunswick 7389 US 1935 Sell This Version
620 Leonard Whitcup - Basin Street Blues / I'm Gonna Play In The Varsity Band album art Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra I'm Gonna Play In The Varsity Band Clyde McCoy And His Orchestra - Basin Street Blues / I'm Gonna Play In The Varsity Band Decca 620 US 1935 Sell This Version
B-6164 Leonard Whitcup - I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle album art The Girls Of The Golden West (Mildred And Dorothy Good)* Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle (as Whitcup) The Girls Of The Golden West (Mildred And Dorothy Good)* - I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle Montgomery Ward B-6164 Canada 1935 Sell This Version
A 9847 Leonard Whitcup - What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl /  It's Too Hot For Words album art Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra It's Too Hot For Words (as Whitcup) Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra - What A Night, What A Moon, What A Girl / It's Too Hot For Words Brunswick A 9847 Germany 1935 Sell This Version
M 13333 Leonard Whitcup - March Winds And April Showers / Love Is Just Around The Corner album art Harlem Hot Shots March Winds And April Showers (as Whitcup) Harlem Hot Shots - March Winds And April Showers / Love Is Just Around The Corner(Shellac, 10") Melotone M 13333 US 1935 Sell This Version
B.D.145 Leonard Whitcup - March Winds And April Showers / What Are You Doing Out In The Rain? album art Teddy Joyce And His Orchestra March Winds And April Showers (as Whitcup) Teddy Joyce And His Orchestra - March Winds And April Showers / What Are You Doing Out In The Rain?(Shellac, 10") His Master's Voice B.D.145 UK 1935 Sell This Version
5-12-08 Leonard Whitcup - I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle album art Chick Bullock Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle (as Whitcup) Chick Bullock - I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle(Shellac, 10") Melotone 5-12-08 US 1935 Sell This Version
7462 Leonard Whitcup - Simply Grand / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes album art Freddy Martin And His Orchestra I Couldn't Believe My Eyes (as Whitcup) Freddy Martin And His Orchestra - Simply Grand / I Couldn't Believe My Eyes(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 7462 US 1935 Sell This Version
3014-D Leonard Whitcup - Things Might Have Been So Different / March Winds And April Showers album art Ruth Etting March Winds And April Showers (as Whitcup) Ruth Etting - Things Might Have Been So Different / March Winds And April Showers(Shellac, 10", Roy) Columbia 3014-D US 1935 Sell This Version