Bing Crosby Pennies from Heaven
Was the creation of, Arthur Johnston, music and Johnny Burke, lyrics
and sung by Bing Crosby in a film that bore the same title. Frank Sinatra
would record the song as well as Dean Martin. Most recently it was used
in the otherwise silent 2011 film The Artist.
Fred Astaire The Way You Look Tonight
The music for this popular song was written by Jerome Kern with lyrics
by Dorothy Fields. It was first introduced in the Fred Astaire and
Ginger Rogers film Swing Time, but sung in the film by Miss Rogers.
This song would have a long and happy ride across the decades, being
recorded by many and used in various ways. The song would hit the
charts at #13 in 1961 when sung by The Lettermen. And would also be
used in a Kodak Commercial and included on an album that included
all the popular songs Kodak would use for advertising. When Dorothy
Fields heard the melody for the first time she reported that she "went
out and cried." It has been recently recorded by Olivia Newton-John,
Phil Collins, Harry Connick, Jr., Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé,
Bing Crosby I'm An Old Cowhand
This is considered a comic song and was written by Johnny Mercer for
the film Rhythm on the Range which starred Bing Crosby. Crosby would
also sing the song in the movie. Crosby recorded the song with Jimmy
Dorsey and His Orchestra and it would become a hit for 1936. It has
been sung Roy Rodgers and Frank Sinatra. In an Episode of I Love Lucy
the song would be sung by Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball as their characters
of Ethel Mertz and Lucy Ricardo.
Benny Goodman The Glory of Love
The song was originally recorded by Benny Goodman and written by Billy
Hill. In 1951 the song would be recorded by The Five Keys and would
be on the charts at the number one on four different weeks of that
year. The song would be recorded by artists as diverse as Dean Martin
and Bette Midler. Miss Midler would record the song for her 1988 film
entitled Beaches which co-starred Barbara Hershey.
Marion Anderson He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands is a Christian Spiritual whose
origins are unknown. It was first published in 1927 in a paperback
hymnal. It would be recorded by Artists such as Marion Anderson as
well as Mahalia Jackson. In 1958 the song woild hit the number one
spot on the list of songs most played by jockeys. This version of
the song was recorded by English singer Laurie London with the Geoff
Ray Noble I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter the song was first performed for the MGM musical
Born To Dance. It was nominated for Best Song for The Academy Awards.
This song would go on to be a signature song for Frank Sinatra and
a number ten hit for The Four Seasons in 1966.
Leo Reisman It Ain't Necessarily So
This popular song is operatic in its origin as it was written by George
and Ira Gershwin for their opera Porgy and Bess. In the Opera the
song is sung by the villain of the piece whose name is Sportin Life.
In the song he is arguing about parts of the Bible. It is curious
to note that this song would be a hit the same year as He's Got The
Whole World In His hands. The song is sung by black performers and
written for a black character, but it has also been recorded by white
performers such as Cher, The Moody Blues, and Brian Wilson.
Benny Goodman Goody Goody
This song was written by Matty Malneck, music and Johnny Mercer Lyrics.
Originally recorded by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, The song be
used on The Muppet Show and be recorded by such artists as Frank Sinatra.
In 2007 the song would be recorded by The BBC Orchestra for the film,
The Water Horse: legend of the Deep.
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