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Begin the Beguine



Meher Baba’s favorite song was “Begin the Beguine” by Cole Porter. Baba remarked the song had an eternal meaning. He would listen to the phonograph record with enjoyment on numerous occasions.
Baba had told Eruch several times, “Wherever my body drops, bring me and put me in the crypt at Meherabad,” and He had also asked the Mandali to play the record “Begin the Beguine” after He dropped His body. And indeed, the song was played on a gramophone several times, both at Meherazad where Baba dropped His body and at the Samadhi where He lay in the crypt for seven days before entombment.

We present here several versions, including the one (or one of the ones) Meher Baba listened to, by Hutch Hutchinson. Please see below or the menu at left for articles on the song. Also, Tony Zois has a splendid page devoted to “Begin the Beguine” at his MeherBabaTravels site.



  • Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
  • Tuck Andress
  • Pete Townshend
  • Jo Stafford


  • Divine Maggees



Fred Marks on “Begin the Beguine

I Know But Too Well What They Mean, by Max Reif

Interpretation of “Begin the Beguine,” by Patricia Sargent

When They Begin the Beguine, by Bill Cliff

Spanish “Beguine,” by Kendra Crossen


“Begin the Beguine” renditions


Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson




Tuck Andress




Pete Townshend




Jo Stafford




Divine Maggees – begin the beguine














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