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Biography : First Success

The breakthrough came with the next revue, Delmar's Revels, when Dorothy found her style in penning the easy, colloquial words for I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby .

Although the song failed in that show, it was picked up in Blackbirds of 1928 and became a huge hit for Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards.

Following Blackbirds, McHugh and Fields tried their hand at a book musical, Hello Daddy! . It starred Dorothy's own daddy Lew, making his last appearance on Broadway. It was successful commercially but produced no lasting hit songs.

Other durable songs from this period of Dorothy's career are On The Sunny Side of the Street , Don't Blame Me , and Exactly Like You .


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