It’s played by Whiteman in 1930 film King of Jazz. He commissioned it, to be part of his Feb. 24 concert ‘An Experiment in Modern Music’ at NYC’s Aeolian Hall. Combining classical music with elements of jazz, it’s still a very popular concert piece.
The piano work is arranged for orchestra by Whiteman’s arranger, composer Ferde Grofe. On June 10, 1924, Gershwin and Whiteman record it. (Victor 55225).
The skull’s name is ‘Henry’
The song’s been covered dozens of times; Nina Simone gets it to USR&B#23 in 1965. S-Jay makes it work for him for decades. It’s heard in the soundtrack of 1984 Jim Jarmusch film Stranger Than Paradise starring John Lurie.
OkeH was a US indie label founded in 1918! which has an ‘indian head’ on the label until 1920.