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
12/09/96
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.