In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening

  • The Song
  • Back Stories
composition date
1950
genre
Film
songwriter(s)
Johnny Mercer
Hoagy Carmichael
related performer(s)
Bing Crosby

Old joke, not a funny one

Hoagy Carmichael: As I was driving down the highway, coming into Palm Springs, to join Johnny [Mercer] to write this score, I happened to think of an old old joke, not a very funny joke. But it was about a jackass. And it seemed that the king of the jungle, the lion, sent an emissary to the jackass to say, “Jackass, are you coming to the king’s big party?” And the jackass, sitting with a pipe in his mouth and his legs crossed, said, “Tell the king in the cool, cool, cool of the evening, I’ll be there.” Well, I told this joke to Johnny Mercer and in two days we had the song.

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