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Ginai - vocals
Patrick VW - vocals
Lee Spath - drums
Adrian Rosen - bass
Pierre Grill - piano
Tommy Davy - guitar
Duane Padilla -violin
Rusty Higgins - clarinet
Recorded and Mixed by Al Schmitt

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I'd heard this song since I was kid and always thought it was kind of goofy. I think I saw the video clip with Eddie Cantor singing it and making big goofy eyes. It was not a song that I thought I'd ever sing.

Then, I got a call from Sonny Silva one day and he asked me if I'd like to sing with the Hot Club of Hulaville at a gig called COTTON CLUB. I said I'd love to and he said go rent a tux and come and rehearse - so I did.

He said I would do a few songs solo and then sing a duet on MAKIN' WHOPPEE with this great Hawaiian singer named Mihana Souza. I quickly downloaded the great version by Dr John and Riki Lee Jones and started singing along for the next few days - but never with Mihana. Our first time singing this together would on live on stage.

When we performed it, I got pretty nervous because I still wasn't too solid on it. Mihana was great, Sonny and the band were great and I think I just got by. I was afraid that I was slipping into Aint Misbehavin. Well, I really wanted to learn the song then - just in case I ever got another chance to do it. So I would sing along with it a lot and finally felt like I knew it.

When I was choosing songs for SWANKY, I had thought of it but it was not high on the list. I had wanted to do another duet with Ginai and I was thinking of I'M CONFESSIN.

A few days before we recorded Harry and I had listened to the Eddie Cantor version and it sound really fun. We played it a few times and I decided to do it. I knew that Pierre Grill was going to play piano on it - and that he'd give it the 30s flavor.

The day before we went into Capitol, Ginai and I rehearsed it and added the line at the end "I think you should keep me cause I know you need me." We also changed some of the tense of the song and we liked it.

At the session, we were down to the last hour of the day and only had enough time for one more song. I asked Giani if she wanted to do this and she quickly agreed. We had just struggled a bit on the song before this and I wanted us to end on a good take.

The band played it a few times and locked in. Pierre and Duane did a great intro, basically taking the Eddie Cantor intro and making it an instrumental. I love the wedding march dirge that starts the song. I think that was Duanes dreary contribution. We also did the wedding song at the end to finish it off.

Ginai and I were having fun goofing off with each other and the lyrics while we were recording. We left in the laughs at the end. It felt right.

After a few takes we got it right and Al said come in and listen. We were all very happy with the track. It was the end of a very long day and I was thrilled. We added Rusty Higgins on clarinet the next day and he fit in perfectly with the track. The way that he and Duane compliment each other is gives this whole record a very special sound. I was hoping it would work with them trading clarinet and violin licks and I think it did. I hope you enjoy it too.

VWPC-13-007-M.mp3: Makin'Whoopee; 3:54

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