Makin' Whoopee

"Makin' Whoopee" is a jazz/blues song, first popularized by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee!. Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics and Walter Donaldson composed the music for the song as well as for the entire musical.

"Makin' Whoopee"
Published1928 by Donaldson, Douglas & Gumble
Released1928 (1928)
GenreJazz, blues
Songwriter(s)Gus Kahn
Composer(s)Walter Donaldson

The title refers to celebrating a marriage. Eventually "making whoopee" became a euphemism for intimate sexual relations.[1] The song has been called a "dire warning", largely to men, about the "trap" of marriage.[2] "Makin' Whoopee" begins with the celebration of a wedding, honeymoon and marital bliss, but moves on to babies and responsibilities, and ultimately on to affairs and possible divorce, ending with a judge's advice.

Other versionsEdit

In advertisingEdit

  • Pepsi used the melody of "Makin' Whoopee" with new lyrics, sung by Joanie Sommers, for its advertising campaign "Now It's Pepsi -- For Those Who Think Young" starting in 1961.[16]
  • Heinz created a 1993 commercial in which a bottle of ketchup and a bottle of salsa "make whoopee" in a refrigerator, resulting in a salsa-style ketchup.[17]

In popular cultureEdit

The song appears in Bioshock Infinite, performed by Rudy Vallée.[18]

This song appears in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Season 1, Episode 6, Ruddy Gore, 2012.

This song is included in the Simpsons episode "The Fabulous Faker Boy" making reference to the 1989 film "The Fabulous Baker Boys" in the scene where actress Michelle Pfeiffer sings this song.

The song is included on the video game Mafia 2.

The song is included in the Family Guy episode Lottery Fever, where Quagmire and Joe sing the song while Peter Griffin shoots them with a BB gun.


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  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 19, 2002). "Crooning About the Woes of Whoopee". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-08. A review of a James Naughton cabaret performance. "Mr. Naughton pounces on the dire warning to men lurking beneath the song's playful surface: that once the honeymoon is over, marriage can become a trap from which there is no escape."
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  4. ^ 10CD-set Bing Crosby, CD 1 Early Bing Vol. 1, Mebran Music Ltd. (2008), ISBN 978-3-86860-027-8
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  7. ^ Nature Boy, Nat King Cole, Living Era, 2003
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  14. ^ ""NewsRadio" Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show (1997)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  15. ^ Hay, Carla (August 22, 1998). "MuchMusic Readies Awards, Spinoff Channel; MTV's Suite Set". 110 (34). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 85. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "Pepsi-Cola Uses Old 'Whoopee' Hit as Jingle Theme". Billboard Music Week. 1961-02-13. p. 36. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  17. ^ Gurwitch, Annabelle. (2015). I see you made an effort : compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50. ISBN 9780142181874. OCLC 881869606.
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