“I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” was the most popular song in America in 1909. The melody of the song was written by Harold Orlob, who at the time was working as an arranger for Joseph E. Howard, a popular vaudeville entertainer. Howard made it his theme song and took full credit for writing it himself. When Howard’s screen biography (also named “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now”) was released in 1947, Orlob began legal action against Howard for rights to the song. An agreement was reached in which Orlob was granted co-author status. After the movie’s release the song became popular once again and was the second most popular song in the U.S. in 1947.
This classic song has been recorded by many artists including Ray Charles, and it was one of Perry Como’s biggest hits in the 1950s.
I created the arrangements to this song and recorded it playing a baritone uke with re-entrant tuning (dGBE), so instead of the bari uke having an identical tuning to the first four strings of a guitar, the fourth string (D) is tuned an octave higher, which gives it the same relational sound of a standard uke (My Dog Has Fleas). To tune re-entrant like this on a baritone uke you need a lighter fourth string. I use another baritone uke first string for the fourth and tune it to D instead of E.
If you have more than one baritone uke you might want to tune one with a low D and another with a high D. That’s what I do although I almost always play with the high D. Keep in mind though if you only have one baritone uke and it has a low D string that you can play these baritone uke arrangements and any others that I arrange with either a high D or a low D. They will sound fine either way and the tablature remains the same although the standard notation would be slightly different because of the D string being an octave lower.
I have provided three different arrangements of “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” for baritone uke. The MP3 features the Fingerstyle Solo.
Here’s a chord melody solo…
This is the fingerstyle solo that I played on the recording…