by Ronald L. Smith
The piece was written in 1905 by ARTHUR PRYOR (1870-1942), who was a trombonist/arranger in John Philip Sousa's band. The piece is available in various formats. I haven't heard all of these, so I don't know which most closely resembles the one Joe used with WPIX.
For those who want to play it on the piano, the sheet music version was evidently last published by Carl Fischer in 1932. The tune has been anthologized in music books many times and is probably easy to find at your local music store.
Many people recorded the tune on 78rpm, most notably the author himself: "The Whistler and His Dog," Arthur Pryor's Band (Victor 1913)
The piece turns up on the children's 78 rpm release "The Whistler and his Dog" from Red Raven, The Red Raven Orchestra; George S. Chase, Director, Morgan Development Laboratories. The amusing thing about this version is that the label had an image of a kid and his dog, and as the record label moved around, the image came to life (if you had a "magic mirror" carousel that you put over the spindle).
The cartoon below may take a while to animate, but it should work...you'll see what the kiddies saw as their record label revolved on the turntable reflected in the magic mirror. (If it doesn't, send your complaints to Netscape or Explorer).
For fans of 45's, try finding the Florian Zabach version, backed with "The Waltzing Cat" (DECCA 927729)
The tune is on many vinyl albums. I've only found one easy listening star who actually titled his album after it: Jack Zimmerann's "Whistler and his Dog." The song turns up played by George Wright on a pipe organ (!) on "The George Wright Sound" (HiFi Record R-710) and also appears on "PAUL LAVALLE in HI-FI" from RCA Victor (LPM-1516) released in 1957.
While the The Paragon Ragtime group (with conductor Rick Benjamin) performs it as the title tune on his CD - The Whistler and His Dog (NCD60069) from Newport Classic 11 Willow Street, Newport, RI 02840, Tel: (401) 848-2442. It's also on audio cassette.
For those in Canada, try "Strict Tempo Ballroom Dancing, Volume 1" from Victor Silvester & his Orchestra ..(St.Clair / Castle CAS 72282). On that CD, the piece is called: "The Whistler and his Dog: St. Bernard's Waltz"