Andrews Sisters Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince this song was the first
to be directly related to World War II. The song told the story
of a talented bugler that after he was drafted, could only play
Reveille until his captain organizes a band for him to play with.
The song would be a huge hit for the Andrew Sisters and would
not be forgotten. It would make it back to the charts in 1973
as a hit for Bette Midler. It would top out at #8 on the top 100
chart and would go to #1 on the Billboard easy Listening chart.
Andrew Sisters I'll be With You In Apple Blossom Time
The song was written by Albert Von Tizler and Neville Freeson,
it was copyrighted in 1920 and recorded a number of times before
it hit #5 on the charts when recorded by The Andrews Sisters.
It would go on to be recorded by such artists as Wayne Newton
and Barry Manilow It hit the charts at 31on the US charts when
recorded by Tab Hunter and #41 that same year on the UK charts
when recorded by Rosemary June.
Arite Shaw Stardust
This song is again hitting the charts after its initial recording
in 1926, by it's composer Hoagy Carmichael. In 1956 on a disc
jockey survey of their favorite records of all time Stardust
would come out as number one.
Billie Holiday God Bless The Child
This song was written by the original performer Billie Holiday
along with Arthur Herzog Jr, in 1939, it took until1941 for
the song to get recorded but in 1976 this version of the song
would be honored with the Grammy Hall Of Fame Award.
The back story of the song is particularly interesting. Billie
Holliday tells the tale in her autobiography Lady Sings The
Blues, Holiday and her mother are having an argument over money
at some point Holiday says "God bless the child that's
got his own." This became the starting point for a song.
God Bless the Child would go on to be recorded throughout the
20th century and into the 21st, by such artists as Lou Rawls,
Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross and in the 21st century Moby.
Duke Ellington Take The A Train
The song was written by Billy Strayton as new signature song
for Duke Ellington and His Orchestra after Ellington found he
could no longer use the song that had been his signature, "Sepia
Panorama" due to issues with licensing. The song would
stay Duke Ellington's as very few others would record the song
Eddie Duchin I Could Write A Book
The Musical Pal Joey was where this song made it's debut written
by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. It was first sung by Gene
Kelly who would go on to become one of the biggest stars in
MGMs Galaxy. Pal Joey concerned the love affair between an amoral
nightclub performer and the wife of a rich man. It was cynical,
which was different for a Broadway show at the time. Critic
would not agree about its merits, but it would be revived several
times over the years. A film was made of the show which starred
Glenn Miller Orchestra Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo was written by Harry Warren, the music
and Mack Gordon, lyrics and originally performed in the movie
Sun Valley Serenade. The film starred Sonja Henie and Milton
Berle. The Orchestra leader Glenn Miller also had a lead role
in the film. The song was originally performed as a vocal number
that went into a production number. It would be recorded as
a single by Glenn Miller for RCA Victor and would remain 9 weeks
on the Billboard charts at number one. The recording would be
honored with the first Gold Record on February 10, 1942.
Harry James I Don't Want To Walk Without You
With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Frank Loesser and was
first performed by Betty Jane Rhodes in the film Sweater Girl
released by paramount Pictures. Irving Berlin would say of all
the songs he had heard this song was the one he wished he had
written. When recorded by Harry James and his orchestra it would
hit number one and would again appear on the charts at number
36 when recorded by Barry Manilow in early 1980.
Judy Garland It's a Great Day For The Irish
The Irish love thier muisci especially on St. Patrick's Day.
This song was written by one of the music directors for MGM
Studios, Rodger Edens. The song, written especially for Judy
Garland, to show off her strong vocal talents was added to the
score of the George m Cohan Musical Little Nellie Kelly. The
song was sung during a recreation of New York City's St. Patrick's
Day Parade. Garland would sing this song in many of her concerts,
and for many Irish Americans this song is considered an Anthem
for the St. Patrick Holiday.
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