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One of the most memorable tunes associated with the Lum and Abner program was written by Jessie L. Deppen. It is the theme music heard during the early years while the Lum and Abner program was sponsored by Horlick's.
To my dear friend Rae Eleanor Ball
Words & Music by Jessie L. Deppen
The birds of the forest are calling
The moon is creeping high o'er the hill,
Then come while the nightbirds are calling,
(Download midi file: Eleanor.mid)
ELEANOR - FOX TROT SONG
Music by Jessie L. Deppen
Smile, dear, and night turns to-day, ----
Fair as a morning in June, ----
Deep in my heart is a nest, dear,
(Download midi file: Eleanor_Fox_Trot.mid)
Sheet music of "Eleanor" bearing the photos of Chet Lauck and Norris Goff (sans Lum and Abner make-up) was also published.. A representative sample is not available for inclusion here at this time. Both the "Serenade" and "Fox Trot" arrangements were published by Sam Fox Publishing Co.
At least two performances of "Eleanor" were commercially available. One performance was obtainable on an Edison Re-Creation disc denoted as index #8562 "Eleanor - Fox Trot" performed by the Imperial Marimba Band, with index# 8537 "My Old Hawaiian Home" (F.W. Vandersloot) performed by Palakiko's Hawaiian Orchestra on the flip side. (Sheet music for the Fox Trot arrangement notes: "Get this song for your player piano or talking machine.") The other performance of "Eleanor" was produced by the Victor Salon Orchestra, under the direction of Nathaniel Shilkret with "Out of the Dusk to You" on the A-side.
Download mp3 file: ELEANOR_VICTOR_19364-B.mp3 (752kb)
A folder in the Louis B. Schnauber/Film Music Society Collection, located within the UCLA Music Library Special Collections notes a silent film orchestral score written in part by "Deppen, Jessie L.(Mrs. Jessie Deppen McLeod), 1881-1956." The copyright office also contains records of a Jessie L. Deppen who wrote music for "Come Back Home" (1951) by Molly (Muriel P.) Donaldson with a "Mary C. McLeod" designated as an executor-claimant upon the work in 1979. (Deppen is also noted to have collaborated with Ted Donaldson and Molly Donaldson on a piece entitled, "The Roller Coaster Ride.")
It appears that Jessie L. Deppen and Rae Eleanor Ball had a working relationship as performer-collaborators upon occasion. Recordings of Ball on violin and Deppen on piano exist in the form of an Edison Re-Creation disc as they played "Carolina Lullaby," and "Underneath Hawaiian Skies." (#50816), and an Edison blue amberol cylinder recording of "Havana Moon" (#4482). Other titles may have been recorded as well; complete discographical information is unavailable.
Other popular tunes written by Jessie L. Deppen: "In the Garden of To-Morrow," "A Japanese Sunset," "Dance of the Robins," and "Skylark Waltz."
Gilda Tabarez notes that "Japanese Sunset" was used in films starring Warner Oland and Bela Lugosi. (See her page at: http://www.gildasattic.com/ajapanesesunset.html where you can hear this beautiful piece in midi format). Also, be sure to listen to Adam Burford's arrangements of "Dance of the Robins" and "Skylark Waltz" in mp3 format at: http://www.burfordgallopade.com/.