Guide to the Leonard Whitcup Sheet Music Collection
1924-1977

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Whitcup, Leonard, 1903-1979
Title: Whitcup (Leonard) Sheet Music Collection
Dates: 1924-1977 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 074
Summary: Leonard Whitcup (1903-1979) was a composer of popular music. The collection contains sheet music and a scant amount of biographical information.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

Leonard Whitcup was born on October 12, 1903 in New York, New York. 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.

Content Description

The Leonard Whitcup Sheet Music Collection consists of two bound volumes of his published sheet music and three folders of unbound sheet music, some of which have never been published. All but two songs ("Gimme Love" and "I'm Thru Sending Roses") are copyrighted.

Volume I covers the period 1924-1939. Included is an autograph version of "Bananas" (1932). Also included in this first volume are entire song albums: the "Toyland Album" of simple children's songs, and the "Popular, Easy-to-Play Accordian Solos," which are arrangements by Bruno Camini of Leonard Whitcup's songs.

Volume II, covering the period 1939-1954, contains the published booklet "70 Favorite Hymns" written in collaboration with Chet Gierlach and Johnny Olson; and the 1941 song, "Follow the Dodgers," which was the official theme song of the old Brooklyn Dodgers Football Club written by Ira Schuster, Paul Cunningham, and Leonard Whitcup.

The unbound sheet music, 1955-1977, is filed chronologically by latest copyright date in three folders. Of note in this series is the song "Kissin' On the Phone" (1960) sung and recorded by Paul Anka, with lyrics in Japanese as well as English; "People to People" (1960), which was adopted by the program of the same name as its official theme song; all the songs in the only one of the three "Soupy Sales Show Song Albums" (1962-1964), which were written by Mr. Whitcup and Ted Lehrman, and sung by Soupy Sales; "Sons of Hercules" (1963), which was written for the television series of the same name; "The A-Team Song Album" (1966) sung by Sgt. Barry Sadler of the Green Berets and featuring songs about the Vietnam War; "Put Your Dreams In a Hope Chest" (1966), which was used as the official song of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; and "John Fitzgerald Kennedy" (1966/67), a eulogy written in honor of President Kennedy.

Several songs appear in the collection by the composer/lyricist team of Harry Rand and Raymond Scott. The latter is a pseudonym for composer Harry Warnow; the former is the pseudonym Mr. Whitcup used as a lyricist in collaboration with Mr. Warnow.

Much of the sheet music is comprised of professional or artist's copies. The unpublished music manuscripts are printed copies of the originals; several of the latest have Mr. Whitcup's original annotations and revisions on them.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Leonard Whitcup Sheet Music Collection, Coll 74, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Bound Volumes
  • Series II: Biographical Material
  • Series III: Sheet Music

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by A. Emmeli Adler, Manuscripts Processor.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Bound Volumes
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Volume
item
1 1 Tune In On L-O-V-E 1924
1 2 I Never Believed in Lucky Numbers 1928
1 3 Nize Baby 1926
1 4 All I Want Is 'Ittle Ootsie Oo 1929
1 5 Cin-Cin-Nat-I 1929
1 6 I Gotta Have You 1929
1 7 Tamales for Sale (Down in Mexico) 1931
1 8 Fiesta (in A-Flat)
Featured by singer/band: Henry Busse.
1931
1 9 The Mailman's Got My Letter 1932
1 10 Jungle Town Review 1932
1 11 Bananas 1932
1 12 I'm Carefree! 1932
1 13 Goin' Fishin' 1932
1 14 True (in C)
Featured by singer/band: Ruth Etting.
1934
1 15 Infatuation
Featured by singer/band: Bing Crosby.
1934
1 16 Merci, Madame
Featured by singer/band: N. Martini.
1934
1 17 Hot Dogs and Sasparella
Featured by singer/band: Oz. Nelson.
1934
1 18 What's Mine is Yours
Featured by singer/band: Vera Van.
1934
1 19 Nina 1934
1 20 March Winds and April Showers 1935
1 21 Yesterday's Ice Cubes 1935
1 22 You Rate Four Stars with Me
Featured by singer/band: M. Wilson.
1935
1 23 If My Heart Could Only Talk 1937
1 24 I Couldn't Believe My Eyes - 1
Featured by singer/band: F. Martin.
1935
1 25 Blue Mist
Featured by singer/band: Abe Lyman.
1935
1 26 Sunshine 1935
1 27 Home for the Evening 1935
1 28 It's Too Hot for Words
Featured by singer/band: Abe Lyman.
1935
1 29 Look in the Mirror 1935
1 30 Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle - 1
Featured by singer/band: J.C. Thomas.
1935
1 31 Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle - 2
Featured by singer/band: Ben Bernie.
1935
1 32 Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle - 3 1935
1 33 Silla Vaquera (Boots and Saddle); Spanish version by Tito Guizar - 4
Featured by singer/band: X. Cugat.
1935
1 34 I'm Gonna Play in the Varsity Band 1935
1 35 Everything's the Same But You
Featured by singer/band: Abe Lyman.
1935
1 36 Precious Little One 1935
1 37 With You on My Mind
Featured by singer/band: Rudy Vallee.
1935
1 38 You've Got What It Takes 1935
1 39 Sunday on the Swanee
Featured by singer/band: J. Morrison.
1936
1 40 Sundown in Peaceful Valley
Featured by singer/band: Don Bestor.
1936
1 41 Blazin' the Trail
Featured by singer/band: Lanny Ross.
1936
1 42 The College Walk 1936
1 43 Stars Around the Moon
Featured by singer/band: A. Sanella.
1936
1 44 Cottage by the Moon
Featured by singer/band: A. Sanella.
1936
1 45 Lamento Gitano (Gypsy Lament)
Featured by singer/band: N. Martini.
1936
1 46 Now That We're Together 1936
1 47 Moonlight and Palm Trees
Featured by singer/band: Henry Busse.
1936
1 48 Dead End Blues (Harry Rand/Raymond Scott) 1937
1 49 I Have a Song for Sale (Harry Rand/Raymond Scott) 1937
1 50 Honeybunch 1937
1 51 Spring Cleaning
Featured by singer/band: J. Johnson.
1937
1 52 In an Old Venetian Garden
Featured by singer/band: Kostelanetz.
1937
1 53 Heaven Help This Heart of Mine
Featured by singer/band: Mary Noble.
1937
1 54 Little Genius 1937
1 55 Laughin' Out Loud 1937
1 56 The Lady From Fifth Avenue
Featured by singer/band: Ben Bernie.
1937
1 57 Tears in My Heart
Featured by singer/band: J. Blaine.
1937
1 58 The Snake Charmer 1937
1 59 Sailing Home 1937
1 60 Rollin' Plains
Featured by singer/band: Tex Ritter.
1937
1 61 Good-Night, Sweet Dreams, Good-Night
Featured by singer/band: Barry Wood.
1938
1 62 'Long about Sundown 1938
1 63 Bewildered
Featured by singer/band: Tom Dorsey.
1938
1 64 The Golden Wedding Waltz 1938
1 65 Love of My Life, Where Are You
Featured by singer/band: Ben Cutler.
1938
1 66 Singin' in the Saddle
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1938
1 67 Blue Night (Where Is My Love)
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1938
1 68 Angelita
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1938
1 69 The Jitteroo
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1938
1 70 I Can't Say It Too Many Times
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1938
1 71 Am I Proud
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1939
1 72 Holiday in Toyland
Featured by singer/band: Russ Morgan.
1939
1 73 Old Heart of Mine 1939
1 74 Blue Sentimental Mood
Featured by singer/band: Ted Powell.
1939
1 75 It's All Over Town (We're Thru)
Featured by singer/band: Ted Powell.
1939
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Giddyap Little Rocking Horse 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Don't Be Afraid of the Jumping Jack 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: My Toy Piano 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: I Love Blocks 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: I Skip Rope 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Pretty Sea Shell 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: My Sewing Set 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Go Go the Pogo Stick 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: I Love to Play Marbles 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Captain 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: My Box Kite 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: I'm Not Afraid 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Christmas Time 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: I Have a Little Sister 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Lollypop 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: I Have a Little Brother 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Cuckoo Clock 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Pitter Patter 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Alphabet Lesson Nos. 1, 2, 3 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Policeman 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: My Daddy Took Me to the Zoo 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Turtle 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Giraffe 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Elephant 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Monkey 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Owl 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Polar Bear 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Lion 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Leopard 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Circus Clown 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Fido 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Captain Kidd 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Wee Winnie Winkle 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Barefoot Boy 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Tea for Three 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Hello Mr. Pumpkin 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Grandfather's Clock 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Snowman 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: A Little Bird 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Fuzzy Wuzzy Buzzy Bee 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Bunny Rabbit 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: Why Does a Cow Go Moo 1937
1 76 Toyland Songs Songbook: The Bullfrog and the Waterlilly 1937
2 1 Frenesi (Cancion Tropical)
Featured by singer/band: Jose Moran.
1939
2 2 The Girl with the Light Blue Hair 1943
2 3 Page from Congressional Record, p. A2263 1941
2 4 I Am an American - 1 1940
2 4 I Am an American - 2
Featured by singer/band: Gary Gordon.
1940
2 4 I Am an American - 3 1940
2 4 I Am a Canadian
Featured by singer/band: Happy Gang.
1940
2 5 Pierre of the Saskatchewan 1940
2 6 Follow the Dodgers 1941
2 7 Autumn on the Campus 1940
2 8 Oh! They're Making Me All Over in the Army 1940
2 9 Little Firefly
Featured by singer/band: Lou Breese.
1940
2 10 All for Love 1941
2 11 The Bells of San Pedro 1941
2 12 Long Live England 1941
2 13 Hats Off to MacArthur! (And Our Boys Down There) 1942
2 14 Rowin' Up the River After Dark 1942
2 15 I Wanna Marry a Bombardier
Featured by singer/band: D. Stabile.
1942
2 16 I Wanna Dance with a Sailor (the Ding-Dong Novelty Song) 1942
2 17 Song of the Victory Fleet (for USMC) 1942
2 18 We're All in It
Featured by singer/band: V. Monroe.
1942
2 19 Ole' Pinto (And His Cowboy Pal)
Featured by singer/band: TxJRobtsn.
1943
2 20 The Whistling Serenade 1943
2 21 Cool, Calm and Collected 1944
2 22 Bring Me Back and Souvenir
Featured by singer/band: Johnny Long.
1943
2 23 Welcome Home
Featured by singer/band: Dick Haymes.
1944
2 24 Singing Otchi Tchorn'ya on the Rhine 1944
2 25 Four Buddies 1943
2 26 Program for "Alaskan" Stampede (a musical extravaganza on ice for which Mr. Whitcup wrote the music/lyrics, though no music/lyrics are included here) undated
2 27 The Happy-Go-Lucky Polka 1945
2 28 They Hyphen Song 1945
2 29 Maria Mia 1945
2 30 I Didn't Think You Cared 1945
2 31 Some Bright Tomorrow
Featured by singer/band: McFarlands.
1946
2 32 Heaven Knows 1946
2 33 Where the Little White Crosses Grow 1946
2 34 Hold Back the Dawn
Featured by singer/band: E. Caruso.
1946
2 35 Give Me the West 1946
2 36 Who Cares 1946
2 37 Tropical Breeze 1946
2 38 Make a Date for Always 1947
2 39 Hand in Hand (originally was "Twas a Dream")
Featured by singer/band: Kenny Baker.
1957
2 40 Along the Rainbow Range 1948
2 41 The Bride Wore Blue 1948
2 42 True (in B-Flat) (see also 1st edition, 1934)
Featured by singer/band: A. Russell.
1942
2 43 Bewildered, second different cover 1938
2 44 Bewildered, third different cover 1938
2 45 Fiesta (in F) (see also 1st edition, 1931) 1931
2 46 Only You
Featured by singer/band: M. Shrednik.
1949
2 47 Town and Country Dance 1949
2 48 The Bible on the Table and the Flag upon the Wall
Featured by singer/band: Gene Autry.
1949
2 49 Orange Blossoms (The Wedding Song) 1950
2 50 Greedy Fingers
Featured by singer/band: G. Morgan.
1950
2 51 From the Vine Came the Grape (in E-Flat) 1950
2 52 If I Had a Sweetheart Just Like You
Featured by singer/band: J. Berch.
1951
2 53 The Kiwi Bird (Australian edition) 1951
2 54 The Kiwi Bird (American edition) 1951
2 55 Uncle Mistletoe 1951
2 56 I Couldn't Believe My Eyes - 2
Featured by singer/band: J. La Rosa.
1935
2 56 Stong Men of Steel 1952
2 57 This is the Land 1953
2 58 From the Vine Came the Grape (in B-Flat), with Italian lyrics
Featured by singer/band: Hilltoppers.
1949
2 59 Popular Accordian Solos Book, including: From the Vine Came the Grape (in F) 1954
2 60 Popular Simplified Song Hits, including: From the Vine Came the Grape (in B-Flat) 19549
2 61 Young Pops for Piano, including: From the Vine Came the Grape (in C) 1949
2 62 I Don't Wanna Be Worshipped
Featured by singer/band: J. Winters.
1954
2 63 Bettina
Featured by singer/band: Hilltoppers.
1954
2 64 PeeWee the Kiwis Bird 1951
2 65 North Dakota 1955
2 66 Seventy Favorite Hymns (booklet). Arranged for mixed voices (S, A, T, B) undated
Box
Folder
2 66 Seventy Favorite Hymns (booklet). Arranged for mixed voices (S, A, T, B) undated

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Series II:  Biographical Material
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Biographical material undated

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Series III:  Sheet Music
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 2 Fiesta (in F) 1931
1 2 At the Roller Derby 1950
1 2 Thanks, Dear God, for Everything 1955
1 2 You're Diff'rent
Featured by singer/band: Len Herman.
1955
1 2 My Good Friend Slovenly Peter
Featured by singer/band: Ricky Zahnd.
1956
1 2 Two Shall Be One 1956
1 2 I Resolve 1957
1 2 One Way Love
Featured by singer/band: Tedd Lawson.
1957
1 2 Wasteland
Featured by singer/band: Tedd Lawson.
1957
1 2 With a Little More Love for Me
Featured by singer/band: Lola Dee.
1957
1 2 It Happened Last Night 1958
1 2 Sandy the Sound Man 1958
1 2 Big Mac and His Magic Train 1959
1 2 When Will You Fall in Love with Me? 1959
1 2 A La Parisienne 1960
1 2 Kissin' on the Phone (lyrics also in Japanese)
Featured by singer/band: Paul Anka.
1960
1 2 Life is Just a Bed of Neuroses 1960
1 2 People to People 1960
1 2 Mugmates
Featured by singer/band: Ed Hodges.
1961
1 2 Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle 1962
1 3 The Soupy Sales Show Song Album 1962
1 3 I Couldn't Believe My Eyes 1963
1 3 If You Had to Break Somebody's Heart (Why Did You Have to Break Mine?) 1963
1 3 March Winds and April Showers 1963
1 3 The Mighty Sons of Hercules (theme from the TV series of the same name) 1963
1 3 If My Heart Could Only Talk 1965
1 3 The A Team 1966
1 3 The A Team Songbook, including: The A Team, One Son-of-a-Gun of a Gun, The Autumn of My Life, An Empty Glass 1966
1 4 An Empty Glass 1966
1 4 And Then God Said 1966
1 4 Bewildered 1966
1 4 I Won't Be Home this Christmas
Featured by singer/band: Sgt. Sadler.
1966
1 4 Put Your Dreams in Your Hope Chest 1966
1 4 Weekend, Italian Style 1966
1 4 Give Me Your Kisses (I'll Give You My Heart) 1967
1 4 God is Love 1967
1 4 John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1967
1 4 Somewhere There's Someone Who Loves You 1967
1 4 Champagne 1968
1 4 The Sunshine of Love 1968
1 4 The Man That I Love is a Loser 1969
1 4 Topolino 1971
1 4 Gimme Love (unpublished) undated
1 4 I'm Through Sending Roses (unpublished) undated
1 4 Singing a Happy Song (H. Rand/H. Jerome) 1975

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Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Composers--New York (State)--New York
  • Lyricists--New York (State)--New York
  • Motion picture music
  • Popular music--United States
  • Revues
  • Vaudeville
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Sheet music
    • Songs

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