Thanks very much for the question, especially since you came up with
one that "hits me right where I live."
Both songs are from a 1959 movie called "The Five Pennies," which is
(very) loosely based on the career of early jazzman Red Nichols, who
fronted a band called by that name. The movie starred the great Danny
Kaye and the great Louis Armstrong and featured original music written
by Kaye's wife, Sylvia Fine. Fine also expertly managed Kaye's career
and was a genius at writing simply harmonized music that suited Kaye's
The first song is called, as you remembered, "Lullaby in Ragtime".
Here is a link to the lyrics:
Soundtrack Lyrics: Five Pennies: Lullaby in Ragtime
The second song is the title song of the movie, called, simply, "Five
Pennies." Here is a link to its lyrics:
Angelfire: Five Pennies
(For copyright reasons, I have not reproduced the songs'lyrics in the
body of the answer, but you should have no trouble accessing them
through the above links.)
If you are interested in obtaining a recording of the songs, the
soundtrack of "The Five Pennies" has been released on CD, and is
available from the usual online sources. Here is Amazon.com's listing
Amazon.com: The Five Pennies
An audio clip of both songs is available on the site of this online seller:
Iclassics: The Five Pennies
Should you prefer a particularly mellow version of "Lullaby in
Ragtime," here is a link to the Amazon listing for a CD release of
Harry Nilsson's 1973 recording called "A Little Touch of Schmilsson in
the Night," where you can hear an audio clip:
Amazon: A Little Touch of Scmhilsson in the Night
The song has also been recorded by the wonderful Broadway, now
cabaret, singer Barbara Cook:
Barnes & Noble: It's Better With a Band
I have not been able to come up with alternative recordings of Sylvia
Fine's "Five Pennies," but I suggest that it would be hard to beat the
Danny Kaye version in the soundtrack recording for artistry and
nostalgia. If you would like me to look further for another
recording, let me know.
In case you are interested in knowing more about Red Nichols and the
Five Pennies, a convenient source is that band's listing in the All
Music Guide, which can be accessed here:
All Music Guide: Red Nichols
And, here's a link to more information about the incomparable Danny Kaye:
PBS: American Masters: Danny Kaye
Some Google searches helped me to find the information for you. Here
are a few examples:
"last little penny"
"lullaby in ragtime"
danny kaye sylvia fine
Thanks again for the question. I have been a Danny Kaye fan since my
childhood in the 50s. In fact, one of the many classic pop tunes I
remember playing on the piano in those days (for the amusement of my
dad) was "Knock on Wood," another Sylvia Fine tune from an eponymous
Danny Kaye movie.
If any of the above is unclear or incomplete, please ask for
clarification before rating the answer.