Era Inducted To: Pioneer Era
Lyricist(s):Raymond Egan Co-written with: Gus Khan, Richard Whiting
Composer(s):Gus Khan, Richard Whiting
A signature tune of the early 20th Century, Ain’t We Got Fun? was composed by Raymond B. Egan, Gus Khan and Richard Whiting and popularized by the musical-comedy team of Van and Schenck. Quickly soaring to number one on the Billboard Charts in 1921, the song went on to become a standard in vaudeville shows, speakeasies, and films that dominated much of the period.
Ain’t We Got Fun? is a song that celebrates the significant social and economic changes that occurred in the United States during the Roaring Twenties. Its most famous usage was by Warner Brothers Looney Tune cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, who would often sing Ain’t We Got Fun? when hatching mischievous plans. In literature, the song appears in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In 1953, Ain’t We Got Fun? was revived by Doris Day, who performed the tune as part of a duet with Danny Thomas in the Hollywood hit movie, I’ll See You In My Dreams.
Cover artists include: Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby, Billy Jones & Benson Orchestra, Chet Atkins, Bob Hope, Al Jolson, Gordon MacRae, Mitch Miller, Stephanie Pope, Rex Stewart, Don Swan, Bob Thompson, Van & Schenck, Dick Van Dyke, and Margaret Whiting