Savage Serenade from Earl Carroll’s Murder at the Vanities, a Dramatic Mystery Comedy by Carroll and Rufus King. [sheet music]
Sheet music for the song “Savage Serenade,” about a Caribbean island celebration, a musical number featured in the 1933 Broadway musical / murder mystery, Murder at the Vanities, produced by Earl Carroll. The song’s lyrics suggest a island drumbeat: “Hear that savage serenade Down there in the Everglade. Just a Bom de de bom bo de de Bom de de bom bo de de Bom bo de de bom bo de de Bom.” The musical featured a cast of hundred, mostly scantily clad, women, a theme echoed on the cover of the sheet music. A musical film of the Broadway show was released in 1934 and included a performance by Black composer and band leader, Duke Ellington, who contributed the song “Ebony Rhapsody” to the film. The lyrics and music of “Savage Serenade” are by Herman Hupfeld, best-known for his song featured in the 1942 film Casablanca, “As Time Goes By.”
Description: Savage Serenade from Earl Carroll’s Murder at the Vanities, a Dramatic Mystery Comedy by Carroll and Rufus King. [sheet music]
New York: Harms Incorporated, (1933). pp. Sheet Music. 12 x 9 inches. Illustrated cover signed in print “jorj.” Very Good.