Al Jolson Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
This song is another written by Irving Berlin, as the new decade starts
Berlin would have his hand in shaping American music and especially
American popular songs. Let Me Sing and I'm Happy is sort of an ode
for anyone who loves to sing. People that sing in Community Theater,
in choirs and in the shower and this song was made for them. The song
was recently resurrected for the stage musical Irving Berlin's White
Benny Menoff and his Orchestra Happy Days Are Here Again
The song was copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack
Yellen (lyrics). The song is best remembered as the campaign song
for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It has often been referred to as the
unofficial anthem for the Democratic Party. The song would be resurrected
in the early 1960s by Barbra Streisand first as a single and then
on her first album. Her take on the song would make it a ballad instead
of the upbeat happy, hopeful song it was originally written as. Streisand
would sing the song as a duet with Judy Garland. The song would be
a medley of Garland's Get Happy in counterpoint to Streisand's Happy
Days. The performance would be recreated for an episode of GLEE and
song by Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel
Earl Burnett and his Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel Orchestra Puttin on the Ritz
This song was another hit for Berlin and is most associated with Fred
Astaire. The title refers to the idea of getting dressed up to go
out to some place really nice or "swanky," as the slang
was used at the time. The Ritz was and is a very upscale hotel. The
song would continue to be used. In films it would be song by Clark
Gable in the film Idiot's Delight. It would again be filmed in Mel
Brookes' Young Frankenstein. Puttin on the Ritz would hit the charts
again in 1983 as recorded by Taco. It would be peak at # 4
Nat Shilkret Get Happy
Get Happy was composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by Ted
Koehler, and was originally performed in the musical the Nine Fifteen
Revue by Ruth Etting. The song is most associated with Judy Garland
from the film Summer Stock co-starring Gene kelly. In 1939 Arlen would
write the music for another Judy Garland standard, Somewhere over
Red Nichols Embraceable You
Written by George abd Ira Gershwin for an operetta called East is
West. It would be performed again by Ginger Rogers in the Broadway
Musical Girl Crazy. The song would continue to be recorded by such
artists as Frank Sinatra, Liberace, and Liza Minnelli. Liza's mother,
Judy Garland, performed the song in the film version of Girl Crazy.
Ruth Ettings Ten Cents A Dance
Written by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Lorenz Hart, the song was
published in 1930 and was first performed by Ruth Ettings in the musical
Simple Simon. The song is a lament song by a woman who makes her living
by dancing with strange men for money.
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra On The Sunny Side of the Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street was composed by Jimmy McHugh with
lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and introduced in the Broadway musical Lew
Leslie's International Revue, starring Harry Richman and Gertrude
Lawrence. The song would be recorded many times by such artiste as
Willie Nelson, The Manhattan Transfer and Rod Stewart.
Duke Ellington Three Little Words
With music by Harry Ruby and the lyrics by Bert Kalmar, the song would
be used again and again and would eventually be the name of the a
movie based on the lives of the song writing team that created the
song. In the middle of the 1970s the Advertising Council used a fully
orchestrated version of the song in a series of Public Service Announcements
about seat belt safety; the slogan for these commercials was "Seat
belts: a nice way to say 'I Love You'."
Paul Whiteman After You've Gone
Was actually written in 1918 with by Turner Layton, with lyrics written
by Henry Creamer and was originally recorded by Marion Harris in 1922.
It would be recorded by Benny Goodman, Fats Waller and Phil Collins.
It would be used by Ethel Merman in the TV show That Girl, when Merman
describes to Ann Marie (Marlo Thomas) how she was fired from her first
night club job for singing to loud.
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