2462Re: [RedHotJazz] Re: Name That Tune! - help needed identifying a couple of songs
- Apr 9, 2006I can sleep tonight : another mystery solved!
From: Albert Haim <alberthaim@...>
Sent: Sun, 09 Apr 2006 22:57:50 -0000
Subject: [RedHotJazz] Re: Name That Tune! - help needed identifying a couple of songs
Now you are talking. The tune you remember is Titina, not Tritina.
Here is information about it from a site that is no longer available.
I got this in cache.
That is why the links are dead.
"Titina (Je Cherche Aprčs Titine)
Titina (Je Cherche Aprčs Titine)
Léo Daniderff (M), Zez Confrey (M additional theme), Bertal-Maubon and
E. Ronn (L) - 1922/1925: This is an absolutely charming piece that
although is not commonly heard today realized some fame in both Europe
and the U.S. in the 1920s. Composed by the Frenchman Léo Daniderff in
1922, [I think this is wrong; it was 1917, ed.] Titina made its way to
the U.S. with English lyrics via the stage revue Puzzles of 1925. Zez
Confrey, in his capacity as an Ampico reproducing roll artist took off
with the tune in a fabulous arrangement, some of which is quoted here.
He started with the very catchy chorus, used the verse as an interlude
before a chorus variation, and even arranged a third theme in the
manner of a trio, which is paraphrased in this performance. Other
artists and bands recorded it throughout the late 1920s as well.
However, the chorus of the piece was used to greatest effect in the
1936 Charles Chaplin film Modern Times in a scene where he is called
upon as an alleged singing waiter to perform a piece. The tramp
character consequently chose Titina with some partly non-sensical
French lyrics made up for the occasion and suggestively delivered at
points. Lest one dismiss Chaplin's musical tastes or talents, know
that he often composed music for his silent and sound films, including
the oft-used Smile for this same soundtrack. My take on Titina is a
little more laid back and exudes a natural swing inherent in the
You can hear the Bob Haring 1925 recording -Cameo 697 mx 1372- in
Dismuke website. Go to
and scroll down half way the page.
The tune was also recorded in 1924 by Jack Hylton and in 1925 by Carl
Fenton, the International Novelty orchestra, Harry Reser, and Vincent
Lopez. There is a version by Billy Murray on Victor 19640.
These are the lyrics you remember.
I'm looking for Titina, Titina, my Titina,
I've searched from Palistina, to London and Peru.
I'll die without Titina, I can't eat my farina,
I don't want Rose or Lena, Titina I want you.
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, tobinpreston@... wrote:
> EGAD I think that old age(54) is gaining on me. I NOW distinctly
remember the Song is not Katrina but Titrina! The name Katrina has
been in the news so much recently I associated it with the song which
I now realise I misnamed. Tritina my Tritina I must have my Tritina
It cant be Rose or Lena Tritina I love you!!! Ive Got to find that
78 now!!!"Oh Katherina" is an entirely different song but along the
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Albert Haim <alberthaim@...>
> To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Sat, 08 Apr 2006 13:12:04 -0000
> Subject: [RedHotJazz] Re: Name That Tune! - help needed identifying
a couple of songs
> The second tune is certainly "Titine, Je Cherche Apres Titine." It was
> written in 1917 by Bertal-Maubon (lyrics) and Léo Daniderff (music).
> Used by Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times with invented words.
> The first line of the refrain go as follows.
> Je cherche après Titine, Titine, oh ! Titine !
> Katrina, my Katrina, I must have my Katrina!
> Tobin, I can see that the words you cited fit perfectly well with the
> tune. Do you remember the music? Is it the same as the one sung by
> Chaplin? Maybe a translation?
> Bing Crosby recorded a song entitled "Katrina" in 1945. He also sang a
> song named "Katrina" in the 1949 Walt Disney Film, "The Adventures of
> Ichabod and Mr. Toad." According to imdb, this tune was written by Don
> Raye and Gene de Paul. This is a different song. The lyrics for the
> Disney film song are given in http://tinyurl.com/mz67n
> --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, tobinpreston@ wrote:
> > Is the second one " my Katrina"? Katrina my Katrina< I must have my
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Albert Haim <alberthaim@>
> > To: RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Tue, 04 Apr 2006 13:02:17 -0000
> > Subject: [RedHotJazz] Re: Name That Tune! - help needed identifying
> a couple of songs
> > Scott,
> > http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/bernie/bernie2.ram is an old (World
> > War I?) French song called "Titine" or "Je cherche apres Titine."
> > Charlie Chaplin sang it with made up words in one of his films,
> > "Modern Times" I believe. Jacques Brel revived in the 1960s.
> > Albert
> > --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, Scott Alexander <scott@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Can anyone help identify these two songs by Ben Bernie and His
> > Orchestra
> > > from a Deforest Phonofilm?
> > >
> > > http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/bernie/bernie1.ram
> > >
> > > http://www.redhotjazz.com/songs/bernie/bernie2.ram
> > >
> > >
> > > Scott Alexander
> > > The Red Hot Jazz Archive
> > > www.redhotjazz.com
> > >
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