1904 sheet music cover

"Give My Regards to Broadway" is a song written by George M. Cohan for his musical play Little Johnny Jones which debuted in 1904 in New York.

Cohan, playing the title character, sings this song as his friend is about to sail to America, looking for evidence aboard the ship that will clear his name for allegedly throwing the English Derby. He is sure he'll become a star on Broadway, therefore signing off with: "Give my regards to Broadway."[1]


The song has been recorded many times. It was featured prominently in a solo song-and-dance sequence done by James Cagney in his Oscar-winning performance in the 1942 film about Cohan's life, Yankee Doodle Dandy. It has also been performed by, Jimmy Roselli, Judy Garland, and Patti LuPone.

Another popular version of the song was recorded by Al Jolson for the film Jolson Sings Again (1949). The sequel for the previous film The Jolson Story (1946), both starring Larry Parks as Jolson, and William Demarest as Steve Martin.

Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album Join Bing and Sing Along (1959)

In 1999, National Public Radio included this song in the "NPR 100," in which NPR's music editors sought to compile the one hundred most important American musical works of the 20th century.

The song was included in the 1968 musical George M!, which was based on Cohan's life. Tony Award-winning actor Joel Grey played Cohan in the original Broadway cast and performed the song for the soundtrack.

One of its earliest recordings was by Billy Murray. His recording's short instrumental interludes contain the two closing lines of the chorus to The Yankee Doodle Boy, which was the other famous song from Little Johnny Jones:

Verse 1

Did you ever see two Yankees part upon a foreign shore
When the good ship's just about to start for Old New York once more?
With a tear-dimmed eye they say goodbye, they're friends without a doubt;
When the man on the pier shouts loud and clear, as the ship strikes out...

Verse 2

Say hello to dear old Coney Isle, if there you chance to be,
When you're at the Waldorf[2] have a "smile"[3] and charge it up to me;
Mention my name ev'ry place you go, as 'round the town you roam;
Wish you'd call on my gal, now remember, old pal, when you get back home...


Give my regards to Broadway, remember me to Herald Square,
Tell all the gang at Forty-Second Street, that I will soon be there;
Whisper of how I'm yearning to mingle with the old time throng;
Give my regards to old Broadway and say that I'll be there ere long.

See also

In popular culture


  1. ^ Peitzman, Louis (10 April 2013). "The 25 Best Broadway Songs About The Theater". BuzzFeed. Archived from the original on September 12, 2021.
  2. ^ The Waldorf Hotel of that era stood on land now occupied by the Empire State Building
  3. ^ Old-fashioned term for a social drink.
  4. ^ Isaac Asimov, "The Winds of Change", Granada 1983/ Panther, 1984/Doubleday 1984, ISBN 0-586-05743-9
  5. ^ Jibjab year in review 2013. Archived at ghostarchive.org