Glenn Miller Little Brown Jug
1869 would mark the public publishing of this song that would remain
part of American culture. The song is a drinking song and though it
waned popularity for a while it regained its stature during the era
of the 1920's and prohibition. Glenn Miller and his orchestra would
produce a swing version of the tune and it would become a standard
of the Big Band Era.
Andrew Sisters Beer Barrel Polka
This song, also known as Roll Out The Barrel, was written in 1927
by a Czech muscian named Jaromir Vejvoda. As originally written it
was played without lyrics. The song became popular with soldiers during
World War II, but it's origins as well as lyrics and translations
came much earlier. The song would be recorded by many artits and bands.
The Wiggles made a recording of it for their album and video Sailing
Around The World. If you grew up in Philadelphia you would be exposed
to song fairly early as it was a staple for yearly Mummers Parade.
Judy Garland Over The Rainbow
What can be said about Over The Rainbow that has not already been
written. The song was created by Harold Arlen with lyrics by E.Y.
Harburg for one of the most famous movies of the 20th Century, The
Wizard of OZ. The song is song by the character of Dorothy Gale played
by Judy Garland as she yearns for someplace there would not be any
trouble. Before the film's release the song was threatened to be cut,
but wiser heads prevailed. The song would have had quite a different
history and impact if it had starred Shirley Temple as MGM would have
preferred. Temples little girl sweetness and attitudes would probably
not have the same impact as Garlands more mature voice.
The song would have very few recordings made by other artists before
Barbra Striesand would use the song in her 1986 One Voice Concert
that was performed on September the 6th at her Malibu home for 5000.00
dollars a ticket. Miss Streisand would pay homage to Garland before
singing the song. Mr. Shue played by Mathew Morrison would sing the
song in the first season finale of Glee.
Kate Smith God Bless America
Written by Irving Berlin, legend has it that Kate Smith called Berlin
and asked him to give her something new for her radio program. Mr
Berlin searched through his back files and pulled out God Bless America.
Kate Smith would perform the song to almost immediate popularity.
The song would long be associated with Miss Smith and at the end of
her life while she lived in Philadelphia she sang the song regularly
at The Philadelphia Flyers home games. Philadelphia honored Miss Smith
by erecting a statue of her outside The Flyers Home Stadium. Many
people feel that this song would make a better national anthem that
Star Spangled Banner.
Kay Kyser Three Little Fishies
Three little Fishies is best described as a novelty song, like Shaving
Cream or They'r Coming To Take Me Away. Only Three Little Fishies
was is on the verge of cute and sweet and fun. Sung by Kay Kyser,
with words and music by Saxie Dowell. The song would become a number
one hit in 1939. But it would live on as children in the 1930s would
sing this song to their children into the 1960s.
Mary Martin My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Written by Cole Porter for the musical Leave It To Me, this song would
introduce the world to Miss Mary Martin. In the musical Miss Martin
played the mistress of a newspaper publisher and the 'Daddy"
she is referring to is her lover. The song is also done a strip tease,
though, risqué, still tame by today's standards. Gene Kelly
would also make one of his early appearances in the show. Miss Martin
would go on to become one of the queens of Broadway, sharing the crown
with the great Ethel Merman.
Miss Martin originated the role of Nellie Forbush in Rodger's and
Hammerstein's South Pacific in which she starred alongside Enzio Pinza.
This would be the first time a Broadway star and an Opera Star would
share the spotlight together. She went on to again work with the musical
team when she originated the Role of Maria in The Sound Of Music.
She also starred in a musical version of Peter Pan which still appears
on Broadway from time to time. Miss Martin is the mother of Larry
Hagman the Co-star of I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas. Mary Martin would
title her autobiography My Heart Belongs.
Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds The Lion Sleeps Tonight
This song actually has two other titles Wimoweh and Mbube. The song
was written in the 1920s by Solomon Linda of the Zulu tribe in Africa
and first recorded there. The song would make its way across the Atlantic
to become a hit in 1939. In the 1961 the song would become a number
one hit when recorded by the Tokens and is still played on radio stations
today. Walt Disney Studios would use the Lion Sleeps Tonight in it's
animated classic The Lion King.
Louis Armstrong When The Saints Go Marching In
If Jazz and New Orleans had a theme song When The Saints Go Marching
In would be it. The origin of the song is unknown, but it began as
a hymn and usually used as part of funeral profession. While the casket
was being taken to the cemetery the song would be played as a dirge
or as a slow march. On the return from the cemetery the song would
go upbeat and would signify Jesus Christ's Triumph over death. The
New Orleans Football Team The Saints is named after this song.
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