This song started Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards) on his long and fruitful career. He earned millions from record sales and movie appearances as well as from appearing on Broadway and in Vaudeville. Even so, he was broke most of the time due to his interest in high-class horserace gambling, his ex-wives, and the gentle attention of the IRS. Due to his lack of funds he never really had to deal to extreme prosperity and therefore outlived many of his more prudent fellow stars who saved their funds but died in their fifties. He died broke and alone in his seventies but most of the people who knew him were already dead by then.