Joseph Clinton and Katherine Million

Joseph Clinton and Katherine Million

Joseph Clinton Million, my grandfather, died in 1975. I was four years-old; far too young to really remember him, let alone know him. What I do remember is a song; a song he sang to his children, a song my mother sang to me.

Before he died, my grandfather transcribed the lyrics of that song for my mother. While I had the lyrics of the song, I knew nothing else about it. I’d never heard it sung outside of my family. I had no idea who wrote it, who sang it or when it was written.

Shorty before my nephew was born, I decided to do some research and see if I could find out more about the song. I turned to, what else, the internet. It was slow going, but my break through came when I discovered the song I knew as A Tiny Turned Up Nose was actually titled That Little Boy of Mine.

My research turned up over twenty artists who have recorded That Little Boy of Mine, and it seems to have become a standard for early Country music singers; Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Eddy Arnold and Bonnie Owens to name a few. I have been able to track down several of those recordings. I have also been able to acquire various versions of the sheet music from eBay.

This site is a tribute to Joseph Clinton Million, my grandfather, a man I barely knew, but, who through this song, will always be a part of me.

Original lyrics from 1929

Who cares for fame and fortune,
Who cares for wealth or gold,
Because I find a fortune,
With-in my arms I hold;

A tiny turned up nose,
Two cheeks just like a rose,
So sweet from head to toes,
That little boy of mine,

Two arms that hold me tight,
Two eyes that shine so bright,
Two lips that kiss “Good-Night”,
That little boy of mine,

No one will ever know
just what his coming has meant,
Because I love him so,
He's something heaven has sent,

He’s all the world to me,
He climbs up on my knee,
To me he'll always be,
That little boy of mine.

I dreamed about a castle,
’Twas high up in the skies,
But in a little cradle,
My dreams I realized;

A tiny turned up nose,
Two cheeks just like a rose,
So sweet from head to toes,
That little boy of mine,

Two arms that hold me tight,
Two eyes that shine so bright,
Two lips that kiss “Good-Night”,
That little boy of mine,

And when he lays his head
upon his pillow so white
I pray the Lord above
To guide him safe thru the night

In dreams I see his face
And feel his sweet embrace,
There’s no one can replace,
That little boy of mine.

History

That Little Boy of Mine, copyrighted in 1929 by the Milton Weil Music Co. of Chicago, Ill., was written by Benny Meroff, Wayne King and Walter Hirsch. While it appears this is the only time these three collaborated together; separately they all had distinguished careers.

Benny Meroff and his orchestra, which at one time included big band legend, Benny Goodman, appeared in several Vitaphone movie shorts. He his mainly remembered for his popular hit, Happy Days are Here Again.

Wayne King, a popular 1930s bandleader, has been compared to Lawrence Welk and Fred Waring. Known as the “Waltz King,” his repertoire was made up of waltzes, novelty songs and sentimental recordings. Some of his popular hits include: Josephine, Dream a Little Dream of Me, and I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do).

Walter Hirsch was a prolific lyricist during the 1920s and especially the 1930’s. A few of his most popular hits include: At a Table in a Little Cafe, Bye Bye Baby and ’Deed I Do.

In 1932, copyright for That Little Boy of Mine was transfered to Forster Music Publisher Inc., also of Chicago, Ill.

Artists and Recordings

by Bert Lown and His Biltmore Orchestra | 1932

Jerry Fenwyck and His Orchestra - 1930s

Jerry Fenwyck and His Orchestra | 1930s

7 Comments

  1. He was a wonderful person who died too young.

  2. Thank you for putting the recording on your website. My aunt sang it at church once, and I used to have her sheet music. I sang it to all my kids and now my daughter wants to sing it to her little boys.

  3. This was a unique & thoughtful idea. Thanks for your research. I enjoyed listening to the recordings.

  4. I enjoyed this tribute! GREAT job! I know that it means so much to Grandpa’s children and it is a great way to share the kind of caring man he was with generations to come! THANK YOU for sharing all your hard work! 🙂

  5. My Granny use to sing this song to me when I was a little boy. She would also sing it to my sister, and just change boy to girl. I never asked her where she learned it. I’m about to expect my first baby (a girl) and I wanted to sing it to her and I couldn’t remember all the lines. Thanks for the website.

  6. my father sang this song with my sister in the 50’s but changed it to that little girl of mine it was recorded and cherished took us a long time to find the artists thank you

  7. My mother sang the song to my brother in the 50’s and me in the 60’s. Her mother sang it in the 30’s. I have passed it down to daughters and now grandchildren to this day. We have adopted it as our family lullaby song. Thank you for the research.

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