My first kiss!  And right beside my sand box at that!   She was once my constant companion.  We lived but a scant block from one another --- in Hillside, IL around 1937 I'd say, when we were all of maybe three years old!  Where I learned my technique I'll never know, but she did pretty well with her part too, wouldn't you agree?  And her name? --- I simply can't remember.  And the only ones who would are gone--- my mother and dad --- for they would have been the one's to have taken this snapshot, and just at the right time, too.

 
We lived about a block from the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin tracks so that my father could get to and from  work in downtown Chicago. And as you looked out over the prairie in the direction of Wolf Road, far off in the distance you'd see only one other building --- a Catholic Priest Seminary that to this day is still there, now engulfed by houses.
 
And the object of my affection for my next kiss?  Well that would have to wait for many, many years to pass.  But when the right time came, I was ready.  And this time I do remember her name  and how so very important it was to us both.  Her name was Connie and it happened one evening beside the front porch of her house on Prairie Avenue in Elmhurst, IL.  We were freshman together at York, out on a date.  We were saying our goodbyes with any number of hugs and kisses, for one kiss led to another ... and then another, but who was counting, anyway?  I remember too the long walk home from Connie's that night.  One would think that it would have been a long, lonely walk for me to make.  But it wasn't, for I had that quick step and a warm glow inside me for company.  And I know that you too can remember such a feeling as mine.  We were all so young then--- but it was a time when such feelings as this first began to matter.
 
And my last kiss?  I think it was the day before yesterday --- but you'd have to ask my wife, Nancy, about that, for she would know for sure.
 
And a big, "How about you?" goes out --- for now it's your turn to tell all.
 
...Bruce***********

 

 

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"I wonder who's kissing her now?"                  NOTE: Media players shown here take about a minute to load @ say Internet speeds of 230 kbps

With 1920's styling on the keys by Ben Wilmot, followed by one smooth vocal by Harry Nilsson, and winding up with the Boilermaker Jazz Band --- all recordings seldom heard today...

And yet the reason you may still remember this old tune, written long before our time (1909), is that

"I wonder who's kissing her now" was later made into a movie---a movie that was released in 1947, thereby

serving to revive interest in this now 98-year old song.  This movie was about the career of Joe Howard

(12 Feb.,1878 - 19 May, 1961), a famous songwriter of the early 20th Century, especially this song. In 1947

we would have been in Junior High School, and we could get into the movies for 10-cents.  And we would all

laugh whenever we heard this song because we thought the word "now"  was a noun --- and not an adverb.

 

I WONDER WHO'S KISSING HER NOW
 Composed in 1909
Words by Will Hough and Frank Adams
Music by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob
   
  
 
8-bar Intro
Verse 1

                         G          G° G        G°  G
                YOU HAVE LOVED LOTS OF GIRLS IN THE SWEET LONG A-GO,
                      G                      Cm         G
                      AND EACH ONE HAS MEANT HEAV-EN TO YOU
                        Am            E7          Am          Em
               YOU HAVE VOWED YOUR AF-FECT-ION TO EACH ONE IN TURN,
                    B   Em   A7                         D7  Am  D7
                    AND HAVE SWORN TO THEM ALL YOU'D BE TRUE;
                     G             G°  G          G°  G
            YOU HAVE KISSED 'NEATH THE MOON WHILE THE WORLD SEEMED IN
                                               Cm         G
                 TUNE, THEN YOU'VE LEFT HER TO HUNT A NEW GAME.
                           A7                  D         B7
                   DOES IT EV-ER OC-CUR TO YOU LA-TER MY BOY,
                          Em    B7    Em A7         D7
                     THAT SHE'S PROB-'LY DO-ING THE SAME?

Verse 2

                      G       G°   G         G°  G
               IF YOU WANT TO FEEL WRETCH-ED AND LONE-LY AND BLUE,
                                        Cm            G
                     JUST IM-AG-INE THE GIRL YOU LOVE BEST
                     Am           E7            Am          E7
              IN THE ARMS OF SOME FEL-LOW WHO'S STEAL-ING A KISS
                 B    Em  A7                         D7      Am  D7
                 FROM THE LIPS THAT YOU ONCE FOND-LY PRESSED;
                     G           G° G        G°  G
             BUT THE WORLD MOVES A- PACE AND THE LOVES OF TO-DAY
                                       Cm          G
                     FLIT A-WAY WITH A SMILE AND A TEAR.
                      A7                     D            B7
               SO YOU NEV-ER CAN TELL WHO IS KISS-ING HER NOW,
                          Em   B7     Em A7            D7
                  OR JUST WHOM YOU'LL BE KISS-ING NEXT YEAR.

Chorus

                            G
                          I WON-DER WHO'S KISS-ING HER NOW
                                         B             C   E7
                           WON-DER WHO'S TEACH-ING HER HOW
                        Am            E7          A7
                        WON-DER WHO'S LOOK-ING IN-TO HER EYES,
                           A7                D7
                           BREATH-ING SIGHS, TELL-ING LIES.
                            G
                           I WON-DER WHO'S BUY-ING THE WINE
                                           B            C   E7
                           FOR LIPS THAT I USED TO CALL MINE
                         Am                A  G            E7
                         WON-DER IF SHE EV-ER TELLS HIM OF ME.
                                 Am             D7      G
                           I WON-DER WHO'S KISS-ING HER NOW