"I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream"
By Matthew Caulfield
Ben Jackson asks for a MIDI file of the "Ice Cream" roll. Maybe there
is a tune titled "Ice Cream" in the UK, but here in the U.S. one
immediately thinks of the 1927 hit by Johnson, Moll & King. The short
title is "Ice Cream," but the complete title is "I Scream, You Scream,
We All Scream For Ice Cream."
I looked for that title among Terry Smythe's scans of standard 88-note
piano rolls without finding it. I did not search Terry's other online
indices for other types of rolls.
Because the Johnson who collaborated with Moll and King on the song had
the forename Howard, it is easy to assume that he was the restauranteur
& ice cream Howard Johnson ["28 flavors"]. But they are two different
people. The food-and-lodging man was Howard Deering Johnson, 1885-1972.
The songwriter-lyricist was Howard Johnson, 1887-1941.
Irondequoit, New York
[ A nice history of HoJo's is at http://www.roadsidefans.com/hojo.html
[ -- Robbie
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