Written by Courteney
When we were debating the name of our blog, our future taste-tester Patty was a firm supporter of “Let’s Make Whoopie” … mainly because “Makin’ Whoopee” is the name of a jazz song! According to Wikipedia:“Makin’ Whoopee!” is a jazz/blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!. Walter Donaldson wrote the music and Gus Kahn the lyrics for the song as well as for the entire musical. The title is a euphemism for sexual intimacy, and the song itself is a “dire warning”, largely to men, about the “trap” of marriage. “Makin’ Whoopee” begins with the celebration of a wedding, honeymoon and marital bliss, but moves on to babies and responsibilities, and ultimately on to affairs and possible divorce, ending with a judge’s advice.
The song has been covered many times by many different people (Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, among others). Thanks to the miracle of Youtube, you can see it here: