Till We Meet Again

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  • The Song
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composition date
1918
genre
Pop
PBS Episode(s)
2
related media performance(s)
Margaret Whiting, “Till We Meet Again”
participant(s): Margaret Whiting, with Skitch Henderson
type: Radio
venue: Armed Forces of the United Nations
media: Audio
Margaret Whiting, “Till We Meet Again” (close)
participant(s): Margaret Whiting, with Skitch Henderson
type: Radio
venue: Armed Forces of the United Nations
media: Audio
songwriter(s)
Richard A. Whiting
Ray Egan
related performer(s)
Margaret Whiting

Trash to treasure

In 1918, a Detroit theatre held a contest for a war song. Remick’s Music asked its employee, Whiting, to enter the contest. He and lyricist Raymond B. Egan worked on a number but didn’t think it good enough and threw it away. His canny secretary took the song out of the garbage and entered it into the contest—and of course it won. “Til We Meet Again” went on to sell over eleven million copies of sheet music, the most of any song before or since.

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Recordings
Till We Meet Again
Margaret Whiting, with Skitch Henderson
Till We Meet Again (close)
Margaret Whiting, with Skitch Henderson
The 3 part PBS Series
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