Bud Green, my grandfather, world renowned lyricist, known for Sentimental Journey, Once and Awhile and many other well-known hits of the 20’s, 30’s & 40’s left his imprint on me. As a young girl, he was quite particular with my writing. As I developed and started leaning toward poetry he took a keen interest and continually looked for lyrics. That was his forte.
Bud was born in Austria and immigrated to the United States as an infant, and grew up in Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. He was the eldest of seven. Bud dropped out of elementary school to sell newspapers and help the family. While selling papers, he decided to become a songwriter and started keeping a notebook of poems and rhymes that he thought would be useful someday.
He as a young adult, began writing special material for vaudeville shows. Working as a staff writer for music publishers from 1920 through 1927. By 1928, he had written “Alabamy Bound” and “That’s My Weakness Now”, which became a huge hit for Ukulele Ike and Helen Kane. Kane’s version including the suggestive scat phrase “boop boop ba doo.” This line and Kane’s stage persona made the song synonymous with the flapper era. Kane and the song became the inspiration for the Betty Boop cartoons that debuted in 1930.
He was commissioned by Hollywood during the 30’s and 40’s He and his then partner, Sammy Stept, eventually sold their company to Warner Bros. and returned to New York.
His music lives on having been recorded by a multitude of famous artists:
Big Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Willy Nelson, Ringo Starr and Van Morrison to name a few.