"Me and My Shadow" is a 1927 popular song. Officially the credits show it as written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose, and Dave Dreyer; in fact, Billy Rose was exclusively a lyricist, Dreyer a composer, and Al Jolson a performer who was often given credits so he could earn some more money, so the actual apportionment of the credits would be likely to be music by Dreyer, lyrics by Rose, and possibly some small contribution by Jolson.
The song has become a standard, with many artists performing it. In the movie Funny Lady, Billy Rose admits to wife Fanny Brice that the shadow in the song was Nicky Arnstein, Fanny's criminal husband before Rose.
- Donald O'Connor (no recorded version available, but featured in the 1948 feature film Feudin', Fussin', and a Fightin)
- Cliff Adams Singers
- Pearl Bailey
- Michael Cooney (folk)
- Michael Ball and Antonio Banderas (2003)
- Elkie Brooks
- Dave Brubeck Quartet (Instrumental) (1951)
- James Caan (featured in the film Funny Lady) (1975)
- Maurice Chevalier (1968)
- Holly Cole Trio
- Perry Como (1951)
- Vic Damone
- Linda Eder
- Judy Garland
- Michele Hendricks (1990)
- Johnny Howard
- Ferlin Husky (1957)
- Bert Kaempfert
- Scrappy Lambert (1927)
- Linda Lawson (1960)
- Julie London
- Peggy Lee (1969)
- Ted Lewis (RKO ULP-143), signature song at end of act
- Johnny Marvin
- Billy May and his orchestra (vocal: The Sportsmen) (1950)
- The Mills Brothers (1958)
- Rose Murphy (1948)
- Mandy Patinkin (1989)
- Stephanie Pope (2001)
- Lou Rawls (1965)
- Nat Shilkret and his orchestra (vocal: Johnny Marvin) (1927)
- Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. (1962) - added special and timely lyric: "Closer than Bobby is to JFK"
- Whispering Jack Smith (1927) (the original version)
- Cyril Stapleton
- Lawrence Welk
- Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes (2001)
- Daniel Ash (1991 in Coming Down)
- The Kidsongs Kids their on Let's Put on a Show video and DVD.
In film and television
The song is performed in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits, for Napoleon. The dwarves perform it very badly and end up fighting. However, Napoleon is actually pleased, as he wants, for entertainment, "little things hitting each other."
The song was used in an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, "The Great Petrie Fortune," in which Van Dyke (playing his own uncle) sings the song on a video as part of his will. It referred to an old photograph he had had of himself as an infant, with a "shadow" that was actually Abraham Lincoln.
The song is used in an episode of HBO show Carnivale, (Season 2, Episode 15) sung first by Stroud and then by Brother Justin.
The song is parodied in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo episode, "Me and My Shadow Demon," in which the main characters, Scooby and Shaggy, fool a crowd of monsters with a musical number. In 1998 it was included on the soundtrack, Scooby-Doo's Snack Tracks: The Ultimate Collection.
Performed by Ted Lewis in Abbott and Costello's "Hold That Ghost' (1941)."
The song is performed by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. in a commercial for the game Titanfall.
- Biography of Dave Dreyer on the Songwriters' Hall of Fame site
- "Jack Frost (TV 1979)". The Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 21 November 2011.