You’re the Cream in my Coffee

It was my privilege earlier this month to travel to New York City to attend the wedding of my friends H____ and R_____, a remarkable couple whose passion for exuberant and/or vintage dressing has long been an inspiration for my own sartorial undertakings.

Sheet music cover for "You're the Cream in my Coffee"

You’re the cream in my coffee – Hold everythng!
Words and Music by DeSylvia, Brown and Henderson
James Edward Myers Sheet Music Collection
Series 1, Box 11
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Music at the reception was provided by a wonderful pickup band of very fine hot jazz musicians, and the couple’s first dance was to You’re the Cream in my Coffee, a classic from 1928 by Ray Henderson (lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown.) Nat King Cole popularized a slower, crooning rendition of this song which still seems to be favored by modern ukulele players, but original recordings were much snappier – for example this 1928 one by Ted Weems and his orchestra with vocals by Parker Gibbs:

or this one by Jack Hylton and his Orchestra (bonus illustrations by J.C. Leyendecker in this video:)

It was a perfect choice and I’m happy that this song will henceforth always remind me of my friends and an unforgettable evening in New York.