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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Writing & Arrangement

1851-V It's Tight Like That / All I Want Is 'Iittle Ootsie Oo — Leonard Whitcup 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
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1981-D Swanee Shuffle / I Gotta Have You — Leonard Whitcup 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
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22678 Fiesta / Bubbling Over With Love — Leonard Whitcup 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
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B-6010 Fiesta / Sunshine And Shadows — Leonard Whitcup 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
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CB 288 By My Side / Fiesta — Leonard Whitcup Jack Payne And His B.B.C. Dance Orchestra* Fiesta (as Whitcup) Jack Payne And His B.B.C. Dance Orchestra* - By My Side / Fiesta(Shellac, 10") Columbia CB 288 UK 1931 Sell This Version
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6871 Rumba / Zaśpiewaj Mi Piosenkę — Leonard Whitcup Crazy-Kiddies Orchestra Rumba (Fiesta) (as L. Whitcup) Crazy-Kiddies Orchestra - Rumba / Zaśpiewaj Mi Piosenkę(Shellac, 10") Syrena - Electro 6871 Poland 1931 Sell This Version
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E.A.911 I Lost My Gal Again / Fiesta — Leonard Whitcup 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
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K 1712, K 1712* Fiesta (Bianca) / Ich Hab' Ein Herz, Das Nach Liebe Sich Sehnt — Leonard Whitcup 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
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D. O. 5784 Bianca / Signorina Aus Brioni — Leonard Whitcup Karkoff-Orchester Bianca (as Whitcup) Karkoff-Orchester - Bianca / Signorina Aus Brioni(Shellac, 8") Derby (3) D. O. 5784 Germany 1931 Sell This Version
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2456-D Fiesta / On A Night Made For Love — Leonard Whitcup 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
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T-25 Fiesta / The Peanut Vendor — Leonard Whitcup Durium Dance Ensemble Fiesta (as L. Whitcup) Durium Dance Ensemble - Fiesta / The Peanut Vendor Durium Records T-25 Sweden 1932 Sell This Version
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R 10806 Dimmi Una Bugia / Fiesta — Leonard Whitcup Daniele Serra (2) Fiesta (as Whitcup) Daniele Serra (2) - Dimmi Una Bugia / Fiesta(Shellac, 10") Disco "Grammofono" R 10806 Italy 1932 Sell This Version
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E.A. 1201 Masquerade / Fiesta — Leonard Whitcup 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
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A 9.552 Nothing But The Best / True — Leonard Whitcup 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
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2716 True / Dream Of Me Darling Tonight — Leonard Whitcup 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
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41571 True / If It Ain't Love — Leonard Whitcup 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
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15912 Butterfingers / Infatuation — Leonard Whitcup 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
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B-5528 Hot Dogs And Sarsaparilla / Freckle Face, You're Beautiful — Leonard Whitcup Sid Peltyn And Orchestra* Hot Dogs And Sarsaparilla Sid Peltyn And Orchestra* - Hot Dogs And Sarsaparilla / Freckle Face, You're Beautiful(Shellac, 10") Bluebird (3) B-5528 US 1934 Sell This Version
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8166 Oh! Suzanne / True — Leonard Whitcup 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
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616 Red Sails In The Sunset / (Take Me Back To My) Boots And Saddle — Leonard Whitcup Bing Crosby (Take Me Back To My) Boots And Saddle (as Whitcup) Bing Crosby - Red Sails In The Sunset / (Take Me Back To My) Boots And Saddle(Shellac, 10") Decca 616 US 1935 Sell This Version
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7389 March Winds And April Showers / I'm Misunderstood — Leonard Whitcup 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
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8591 I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle — Leonard Whitcup 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 Conqueror 8591 US 1935 Sell This Version
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M 13333 March Winds And April Showers / Love Is Just Around The Corner — Leonard Whitcup Harlem Hot Shots March Winds And April Showers (as Whitcup) Harlem Hot Shots - March Winds And April Showers / Love Is Just Around The Corner Melotone M 13333 US 1935 Sell This Version
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620 Basin Street Blues / I'm Gonna Play In The Varsity Band — Leonard Whitcup 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
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B-6164 I Want To Be A Real Cowboy Girl / Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle — Leonard Whitcup 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