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I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now

By Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob

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Brass Quintet - Intermediate
Composed by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob. Arranged by F. Leslie Smith. Pop, Old-time. Score, Set of Parts. 19 pages. Published by Sweetwater Brass Press (S0.109583).

Item Number: S0.109583

Now considered a pop standard, “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” debuted in the musical The Prince of Tonight in 1909 and was published the same year. The play was written by Will M. Hough and Frank R. Adams (lyrics) and Joseph E. Howard (music). But the matter of this song’s creator is more complicated. Harold Orlob worked for Music Publishers Company, owned by Joe Howard. Orlob wrote the song, but since he was an employee the copyright went to MPC. The play ran fifteen weeks. The song went on to become a hit on its own, and for years Howard claimed to have composed the melody. In 1947, a Hollywood film was released titled I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now with this composition as its title song. Supposedly based on the life of Howard, the movie was mostly fictional but did result in the song once again becoming popular. At this point Orlob sued to be recognized as composer. The matter was finally settled out of court; Orlob would not claim royalties but he and Howard would receive credit as joint composers.

The lyrics take the form of a man lamenting the loss of a past lover; the melody, a beautifully sad tune in waltz time. This arrangement starts with full group participating in an 8-measure introduction true to the 1909 sheet-music arrangement, then goes into the familiar chorus, then to the verse and finally back to the chorus with a change of key.

Completed in 2016, this arrangement runs about 2 minutes, 20 seconds. The arranger, Les Smith, can be reached at lessmith@ufl.edu. For more arrangements by Les (such as “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” “Come to the Fair,” “Daisy Bell” [“Bicycle Built for Two”], "Down by the Old Mill Stream", "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" and "Somebody Stole My Gal") direct your web browser to www.SweetwaterBrassPress.com.

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