Clarinetist Sidney Arodin is best remembered to today as the writer of the song Lazy River.
Oddly enough, although he appeared on a great many recordings, he never recorded
the tune himself. On the numerous versions which were recorded he usually
shared credit for the composition with Hoagy Carmichael. Lazy River was based on a common Jazz chord progression that Arodin would use as a clarinet exercise to "warm up" before a gig. He simply slowed the pace of his warm up and added words (which were modified by Hoagy Carmichael) and the song was accepted for publication. He got his start in music working on the Mississippi River boats, he went on to play in New York with Johnny
Stein's New Orleans Jazz Band between 1922 and 1925 with Jimmy Durante. Arodin
returned to the south where he played with Wingy Manone, and Sharkey Bonano. In the 1930s Arodin played in Louis Prima's band and with Wingy Manone in a revival version of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. After 1941 he became seriously ill and made only occasional musical appearances.