California here I come has a long and curious history on
Broadway, in movies, in television and politics, as well as
military history. The song was originally written in 1921
for the Broadway show Bombo by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Meyers.
Al Jolson was often listed as a co-author. The song was a
choice for the California State song was finally defeated
in 1988 by a song entitled I love you California.
California Here I come was often used in Warner Brothers
Cartoons as background music for a Characters hasty departure.
In Movies the song was used in the 1934 film It's a gift starring
W.C. Fields, And as the main title song for the film Back
There is one, possibly iconic rendition of the song. It was
performed in episode 110 of I Love Lucy as Lucy Ricky Fred
and Ethel cross the George Washington Bridge on their way
to California where Ricky is to star in an MGM movie. The
image of the characters in the car is currently available
on postcards, posters as well as other merchandise. See the
top of this article for the You Tube video.
The song was played by the ships band of the aircraft carrier
USS Yorktown as the ship steamed out Pearl Harbor on its way
to the battle of Midway. The song may have been used as subterfuge
to make the Japanese believe the ship was heading for the
mainland and not Midway.
Richard Nixon requested that the song be played at his funeral
and Ronald and Nancy Reagan boarded Air Force One as the song
was played on the day left Washington of Los Angeles after
his two terms as President.
Clarence Williams' Blue 5 Everybody Loves My Baby
A popular Jazz song, it was written in 1924 by Spencer Williams,
music and Jack Palmer Lyrics. This Recording was particularly
important and a young Louis Armstrong was part of the recording
artists Clarence William Blue 5. The song would remain popular
throughout the 20th century and would be sung by Doris Day
in the 1955 film, Love Me or Leave Me. Later in 1967 Rosalind
Russell would sing the song as an anthem for her title character
of Rosie, In the film that was based on the Play A Very Rich
The song title (more specifically, the grammatically corrected
"...but my baby loves nobody but me" in some covered
versions) has frequently led teachers and students of propositional
logic to jestingly accuse [2 the song's narrator of narcissism:
The first half of the title, "everybody loves my baby,"
implies "my person, then my baby does not love that person"),
is logically equivalent to "if my baby loves a given
person, then I am that person."
The latter statement implies "if my baby loves my baby,
then I am mybaby." From "if my baby loves my baby,
then I am my baby" and "my baby loves my baby"
it follows that "I am my baby." (Throughout the
above, the universe of discourse is restricted to persons.)
Taken From Wikipedia.
Cliff Edwards It had To Be You
The Music for this song was written by Isham Jone and the
lyrics by Gus Kahn. The song has a long history both in recordings
and films. The song has been recorded by Dorothy Lamoure,
Betty Hutton, Frank Sinatra, Don Mclean, Harry Connick JR.
and Tony Bennett. In 2011 Bennett would record the song for
the third time on his popular album Duets II, with Carrie
In movies It Had To Be You was part of such films as, The
Roaring 20s (1939).
It was song by Danny Thomas in the film I'll See You In My
Dreams. The Danny Thomas film was loosely based on the life
of the songs lyricist Gus Kahn. It was used in 1942s Casablanca.
It was performed by Diane Keaton in Woody Allen's film Annie
Hall and as recently used in the film A League of their own.
On television was song was song to Gilligan by Ginger in
The situation comedy Gilligan's Island.
Ernest Hare and Billy Jones Hinky Dinky Parley Voo.
The actual title of the song is Mademoiselle from Armentières.
The song was song during WW I but was originally composed
in 1830 and was popular with the French military, and the
original words told of the encounter of an inn-keeper's daughter,
named Mademoiselle de Bar le Luc, with two German officers.
It was considered a risqué song in the 1930s.. The
song has been used in such TV shows as The Waltons and The
Rhapsody in Blue Composed by George Gershwin
Paul Whiteman Commissioned George Gershwin to write Rhapsody
for his 1924 concert at the Aeolian Hall in February. He specifically
asked for a concerto like piece which Gershwin wrote combining
Classical music with jazz like effects. The Concert was entitled
An Experiment in Modern Music and was performed on February
12 1924. Many inflectional composers were at the concert specifically
to hear Rhapsody in Blue among them were: John Phillip Sousa
and Sergei Rachmaninoff. George Gershwin accompanied Whiteman's
Palair Royal Orchestra, on Piano.
For the most part the Reviews were not good in fact some
were scathing. The best of the lot was written by Leonard
Bernstein who loved rhapsody. the article appeared in The
Atlantic Monthly in 1955 and here, in part is repeated.
"The Rhapsody is not a composition at all. It's a string
of separate paragraphs stuck together. The themes are terrific
- inspired, God-given. I don't think there has been such an
inspired melodist on this earth since Tchaikovsky. But if
you want to speak of a composer, that's another matter. Your
Rhapsody in Blue is not a real composition in the sense that
whatever happens in it must seem inevitable. You can cut parts
of it without affecting the whole. You can remove any of these
stuck-together sections and the piece still goes on as bravely
as before. It can be a five-minute piece or a twelve-minute
piece. And in fact, all these things are being done to it
every day. And it's still the Rhapsody in Blue."
The public however loved the piece and by the end of 1927
Whiteman had played it 84 times and the recording had sold
a million copies. Whiteman would later adapt the Rhapsody
as his band theme song and opened his radio program with the
slogan, "Everything is new but The Rhapsody in blue.
The piece took on its own life has been recorded by many
orchestras over the years. It has influenced modern music
and composers as different as Brian Wilson and AC/DC. In sports
Rhapsody was played by 84 pianists at the opening of the 1988
Summer Olympic. In TV the piece was used recently in Glee
and across the pond in Doctor Who.
Rhapsody in Blue is considered to be a musical portrait of
NYC, and as such will always be aroundbreaking into new ground
with new artists. Rhapsody in Blue is considered to be a musical
portrait of NYC, and as such will always be around. Disney
used Rhapsody in it's Fantasia 2000.
What'll I Do Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin would write many of America's most popular
songs from the 1920's through the 1950's His musical comedy
scores would include Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam and
many others. Hollywood beckoned him and there he wrote for
Fred Astaires and Ginger Rodgers. He composed White Christmas
for the Bing Crosby movie Holiday Inn.
Berlin himself at least as far into the 1970s was Probably
America's best known composer and lyricist. Irving Berlin
wrote what'll I Do in 1923 for his Music Box Revue. It would
be recorded over and over again by many different artists
these include, Cher, Judy Garland, Pat Boone, Anne Murray,
Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra, Harry Nilsson and Joey Lawrence.
The song is a beautiful melodic question. Asking what'll
I do because you are gone. See The YouTubeVideo above for
Bea Arthurs sweet rendition of the song on The Golden Girls.
The song was also song in the 1974 film of The Great Gatsby.
Top Artists and Songs of 1924
Al Jolson California, Here I Come - is often called the unofficial
state song of California.
I Wonder What's Become of Sally?
I'm Goin' South
Arcadian Serenaders Bobby Haired Bobby
Arthur Gibbs and his Gang Charleston
Benny Krueger (June 17, 1899 - April 29, 1967) Deep In My Heart
Bert Firman Pasadena
Clara Smith - 'Queen of the Moaners' Chicago Blues
Clarence Williams' Blue Five (October 8, 1898
- November 6, 1965) Everybody Loves My Baby
'Tain't Nobody's Bus'ness If I Do
Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike) - was the voice
of Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940) It Had To Be You
Ernest Hare and Billy Jones Hinky Dinky Parley Voo
Franklyn Baur Deep In My Heart
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians - Fred was known
as "The Man Who Taught America How to Sing." Memory Lane
George Gershwin Rhapsoy In Blue
Irving Kaufman What'll I Do?
Isham Jones It Had To Be You
Jelly Roll Morton King Porter Stomp
Marion Harris It Had To Be You
There'll Be Some Changes Made
Paul Whiteman I'm Goin' South
It had To Be You
Linger A While
Rhapsody in Blue - Signature Song
Somebody Loves You After All
There's Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes!
What'll I Do?
Why Did I Kiss That Girl?
Riley Puckett Little Old Cabin in the Lane
Rock All Our Babies To Sleep
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra June Night
There'll Be Some Changes Made
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