Posted by R. Berg on June 23, 2001
In Reply to: Hail, hail, the gang's all here. posted by Mark on June 23, 2001
: I'm just looking for any background info on this phrase. I think it's actually a short song.
You've come to the right place. From Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British": "Orig. and popularized by a 1917 song so titled, words by Estrom, music by Morse, sung by Sullivan, as one learns from Edward B. Marks, 'They All Sang,' 1934 . . . Ed. McBain uses it as . . . title for one of his detective novels."