This song was written by Irving Berlin and used in the Motion
Picture, There's No Business Like Show Business. The song is
actually two songs, one is a simple old fashioned melody and
the second a more complex jazz song. At first the songs are
sung separately and then over top of one another. Gary Crosby
is Bing's son.
Doris Day Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered
This song has it's origins in the 1940 musical Pal Joey, music
by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, which launched
the career of legendary dancer Gene Kelly. It would hit the
charts, though ten years, later in 1950. Many artists would
go on to record the song, including Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion
The Mills Brothers Daddy's Little Girl
If there was a song that was used at almost every wedding in
the 1950s 60s, 70s and 80s, this would be it. Not however during
the ceremony. The song would be used for the father daughter
dance at the reception to the tears of all the women married
or single. The song's lyrics and music were written by Boby
Burke and Horace Gerlach.
Nat King Cole Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is probably the most famous of Da Vinci's work.
The painting resides at The Louvre Museum in Paris and many
prints, postcards, and posters have been made of this classic
work of art. There is much speculation as to who the model for
the painting was, but no one knows for sure, and the enigmatic
smile she wears has been perplexing people since the paining
was completed. The song compares a woman to the famous portrait.
The song was composed by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the
motion picture Captain Carey U.S.A. It took the Academy Award
for best song in 1950.
Perry Como A Bushel And A Peck
Guys and Dolls is a musical based on a story By Damon Runyon.
It tells the tale of a young missionary girl who falls in love
with a gambler in New York City. The musical made it's premiere
on Broadway in 1950 and would run for 1200 performances. It
also took the Tony Award for that year. A Bushel And A Peck
is song by Miss Adelaide who is a singer at a local club, the
song was part of her act.
Gene Autry Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Having topped the charts in 1949 with the song Rudolph The Red
Nosed Reindeer, it is not surprising that Gene Autry would come
back the following year with a song about a popular rabbit for
Easter. The song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins
and would peak at #5 on the Billboard Charts. The song would
later become the title for a 1971 Easter special which told
the story of how a young Peter got the job as Easter Bunny.
Eileen Barton If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake
Written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill and Clem Watts the song was
published in 1950 and recorded in January of that year by Eileen
Barton. The song became such a big hit that it's record producer,
National Records, could not handle the demand and turned to
the larger record company, Mercury Records, to help with distribution.
The song would be recorded by many other artist, a few times
as a duet. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope would record the song in
this was as well as Ethel Merman and Ray Bulger.
Teresa Brewer Music Music Music
This Million seller record was first recorded by London Records
in 1949 by Teresa Brewer. The song was written by Stephen Weiss
and Bernie Baum. Petula Clark would record the song that same
year and that version would be popular in Australia.
The song would be recorded again in the 1970s by Melanie, but
she would rename it The Nickel Song.
Anton Karas Third Man Theme
Written by Anton Karas in 1949 for the film, The Third Man.
This instrumental piece topped the Bill Board Charts for eleven
weeks. It's popularity is partially attributed to the use of
the zither, an instrument rarely used in music at that time.
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