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Jack Hylton: Stein Song

March 24, 2010

Hannibal Hamlin Hall at the University of Maine, by "Jalnet2."

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Jack Hylton and His Orchestra
Stein Song

Recorded in 1930

The most unlikely hit of 1930 was the University of Maine Stein Song, whose curious history and current lyrics can be read on the University’s site. The nasal crooner Rudy Vallee, a Maine alumnus, introduced the song on the radio, and in a short time it had become such a big hit that every American band was playing it.

Nor could the Americans keep the phenomenon to themselves. The catchy march caught the English as well. Here we have Jack Hylton playing the University of Maine Stein Song. But the lyrics have been changed to remove all references to Maine, since English audiences had probably never heard of the place. Instead, we “fill the steins for Auld Lang Syne,” which is a Scottish university of nearly equivalent academic merit.

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