It was written for the show The Cat and the Fiddle (1931) and introduced by Bettina Hall. A popular recording in 1932 was by Leo Reisman & His Orchestra (vocal by Frank Luther).  Other 1931/1932 recordings were by Chick Bullock, Smith Ballew and Ben Selvin.
Other notable recordings
- Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (1963)
- Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé - for their album Cozy (1961).
- Peggy Lee - recorded September 23, 1946 for Capitol Records.
- Margaret Whiting - Margaret Whiting Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook (1960)
- Harold Macmillan - In the early 1960s, the British prime minister quoted several lines from the song in a speech, mocking the supposed indecisiveness of a political opponent. The satirical magazine Private Eye took a recording of his words, put a backing track to it, and published it as a disc.
- "Internet Broadway Database". ibdb.com. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
- Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 364. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
- "Honking Duck". honkingduck.com. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
- "Internet Movie Database". imdb.com. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
- "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
- "Peggy Lee Discography". peggyleediscography.com. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
- "Richard Ingrams", Desert Island Discs, BBC, accessed 5 February 2012.