September in the Rain

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Harry Warren
Al Dubin

The importance of a good demo

Harry Warren: "You’re playing for people that don’t know much about music. The most important thing depends on the demonstration. Not the contents of the song. What they’re mostly impressed by is a good demonstration. James Melton was at the Metropolitan Opera House when they brought him out for a picture, and we wrote 'September in the Rain.' When I played and sang it to Jack Warner he didn’t like it. I got Jack Elfeld and I got a hold of Jimmy Melton who was crazy about the song. Jimmy sang the song. Jack said, 'That’s a wonderful song.' I didn’t say, ‘I played it for you and you didn’t like it.’ That’s how you get around those corners."

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