Al Donahue Jeepers Creepers
The song made its first appearance in the 1938 film Going Places which
starred Dick Powell Anita Louise and a future President of the United
States Ronald Reagan. The song was actually sung to a horse by his
trainer. The trainer was played by Louis Armstrong. The term Jeepers
Creepers was actually slang for Jesus Christ and the term predated
the movie and the song. In 2001 a film entitled Jeepers Creeper would
appear as a horror movie. Jeepers Creepers would be heard right before
the monster would appear.
Andrew Sisters Shortnin Bread
The origins of this song are vague. Although considered a traditional
plantation song the first published record of the lyrics was 1900
by a white poet named James Whitcomb Riley. The song would then be
revised and republished again 1915 by E. C. Perrow. This is more the
song that we know of today
Here a recipe for Shortening Bread retrieved from the website Suite
101. 2 cups all purpose flour, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼
teaspoon nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda, ½ cup butter
milk, A quarter cup plus two tables spoons butter 1 cup molasses and
1 egg slightly beaten. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease
and flower a cast iron skillet. In a small mixing bowl combine the
flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and set it aside. . In another small dish
dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk. Set that aside also. .
In a heavy saucepan, stir the butter and molasses and bring it to
a boil. Stir it constantly. Add the molasses mixture to the flour,
Stir in and then add the buttermilk and soda and then the beaten egg.
Pour the whole mixture into the skillet and place in the oven. Bake
for 25 to 30 minutes
Bing Crosby You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby
With music by Harry Warren and Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, You Must Have
Been A Beautiful Baby would be featured in Hard To Get and sung by
Dick Powell. But it had been popular before the film's release as
it was recorded by Bing Crosby and became a mega hit for the already
Bob Hope and Shirley Ross Thanks For The Memories
Bob Hope wasn't exactly known for his singing voice, though he could
carry a tune. This song is a bitter sweet comedy romp through a couples
breaking up. However the song would become Hope's theme song which
he closed almost all of his shows. Mr. Hope would become famous for
his patriotism especially during war years as he would travel the
world to perform for American troops bringing along many celebrities
of the day, usually beautiful women like Raquel Welsh and Ann Margaret.
The song would be done as a spoof on an Episode of The Golden Girls
which guest starred Hope. Sophia, played by Estelle Getty, would change
the words to "Thanks for the Medicare."
Elle Fitzgerald A Tisket A Tasket
The song is a reworked nursery rhyme that was originally published
in the late 1800s. It was considered a rhyming game in the same way
as Ring a Round the Rosie was done as children held hands an moved
in a circular fashion. In 1938 Elle Fitzgerald updated the words of
A Tisket A Tasket and turned in to one of the great Jazz Standards.
Fats Waller Two Sleepy People
This song was originally published in 1938 with music by Hoagy Carmichael
and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Carmichael himself would record the song
along with such artists as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Seth McFarlane
would also record the song. The song is the story of two people who
are so much in love they do not want to go to sleep. On a humorous
note, the song would be recorded by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton
as their characters of Archie and Edith Bunker.
Fred Astaire Nice Work If You Can Get It
The song was written by George and Ira Gershwin for the movie musical
A Damsel in Distress. In the movie the song was sung by Fred Astaire,
who would turn it into a hit. The song became a part of the Gershwin
musical Crazy For You and eventually would have a Broadway show of
its own named after it.
Adriana Caselotti Whistle While You Work
Whistle While You Work was written for Walt Disney's first full length
cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Frank Churchill, music
and Larry Morey, lyrics. The movie was a huge risk for Disney as a
full length animated film had never been attempted before. The song
is an upbeat encouragement sung by Snow White as she cleans up the
Dwarfs Cottage with the help of the good forest animals. The movie
would go on to win Disney a special Academy Award made with one large
oscar statue and seven smaller ones. The award was presented to Mr.
Disney by child actress Shirley Temple.
Walter Huston September Song
This 1938 popular song was written by Kurt Weill, music and Maxwell
Anderson, lyrics for the show Knickerbocker Holiday. The show would
have a successful run but the song would out live the show. September
Song would be recorded by such artists as Bing Crosby and Nat King
Cole. Opera and Broadway star Enzio Pinza would also make a recording
of this song shortly before his death. The song would go on to be
used in the 1950 film September Affair.
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