That Old Black Magic - Glenn Miller or Frddie Slack
or Horace Heidt
Sentimental Lady - Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
There Are Such Things - Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra
People Will Say We're In Love - Bing Crosby and Trudy
Erwin or Frank Sinatra
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - The Ink Spots or Glen
Gray or Duke Ellington
Don't Cry, Baby - Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra (a hit in 1944 too)
I Can't Stand Losing You - The Ink Spots
All Or Nothing At All - Frank Sinatra with Harry James
Don't Stop Now - Bonnie Davis
Oh! What A Beautiful Mornin' - Bing Crosby and Trudy
Erwin or Frank Sinatra
Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Never No Lament) - Duke
Ellington and His Famous Orchestra or The Ink Spots or Glen Gray
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Dinah Shore or Dick
Jurgens or Six Hits and a Miss
You'll Never Know - Dick Haymes or Frank Sinatra or
For Me and My Gal - Judy Garland and Gene Kelly or Guy
Apollo Jump - Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra
I Heard You Cried Last Night - Harry James with Helen
Forrest or Dick Haymes
All For You - King Cole's Trio
Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil) - Xavier Cugat or Jimmy
Taking A Chance On Love - Benny Goodman or Sammy Kaye
In The Blue of the Evening - Tommy Dorsey featuring
What's The Use Of Getting Sober (When You Gonna Get Drunk
Again) - Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
It's Always You - Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra
That Ain't Right - King Cole Trio
I Had The Craziest Dream - Harry James with Helen Forrest
I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James with Helen
Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter and His Troopers or
Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Sweet Slumber - Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra
The Original Cast recording Oklahoma Frank Sinatra People Will Say We're In Love Bing Crosby Oh What A Beautiful Morning
These three songs which became popular in 1943 are all from
the same source, Rodger's and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA. OKLAHOMA
would become a major part of American Musical Theater history.
It was the first musical collaborated on by Richard Rodgers
and Oscar Hammerstein II, both song writers had a history of
hits with other partners but none would compare to the work
they would do together.
OKLAHOMA was based on a play called Green Grow The Lilacs which
told the story of a romance between a farm girl and a cowboy.
Rodger's and Hammerstein adapted the play to a musical and developed
a new technique for musical comedy. First they started the show
with a slow number "Oh What A Beautiful Morning."
When the curtain opened all you saw was an old woman churning
and the Male lead would come strolling up the Aisle of the theater
singing the song. Up to this time musicals started the show
with a large production number. Almost all of the songs in the
show would move the story along." People Will Say We're
In Love" is actually a conversation between the two main
characters. The title song OKLAHOMA is a rousing full cast song
that appears at the end of the show. It is not surprising that
this is the song that Oklahoma, the state, would choose to make
their official state song. Hugh Jackman would play the lead
of Curly in a 1998 revival of the show.
Anne Shelton You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
This is one of the short list of songs Cole Porter would write
for the screen. It was introduced by Janet Blair and Don Ameche
in the film" Something To Shout about". Dinah Shore
would make a huge hit of the song as well as Anne Shelton in
the same year. Many artists would go on to record the song including
TVs John Barrowman.
Benny Goodman Taking A Chance On Love
With music by Vernon Duke and Lyrics by John Latouche and Ted
Fetter the song was a part of the all black musical Cabin In
The Sky. In 1943 the song would come back when recorded by Benny
Goodman with vocals by Helen Forrest. In this version it would
top the charts at number one.
Dick Haymes You'll Never Know
The song was based on a poem that was written by a war bride
named Dorothy Fern Norris. The poem was adapted to a song by
Harry Warren, music and lyrics by Mack Gordon. The song had
it's debut in a film called," Hello Frisco Hello"
and sung by Alice Faye. Faye would never make a recording of
the song and so the hit versions went to Frank Sinatra and Dick
Haymes. Haymes version would stay at # 1 on the R&B charts
for four weeks. The song also won the Academy Award For Best
Song in 1943
Duke Ellington Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Written in 1940 By Duke Ellington it was originally titled,
"Never No Lament," and was recorded as a big band
instrumental. In 1942 Bob Russell added lyrics and a new title
and a new song was born. Two Version of "Don't Get Around
Much Anymore" would be recorded in 1943 one by Ellington
and the other by The Ink Spots. Both would reach the top of
the R&B Charts. Ellington's version would reach #8 on the
Judy Garland and Gene Kelly For Me and My Gal
This is The Title song from the movie musical starring Judy
Garland and Gene Kelly. For Kelly this would be his screen debut.
The film was directed by Busby Berkley and opened in October
of 1942. The film was partially written by Richard Sherman who,
along with his brother Robert, would go on to be one of the
most Prolific song writers at the Disney Studios, being responsible
for the songs for Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
The song, For Me and my Gal was written by George W. Meyer,
Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz. The score for the musical would
be nominated for an Academy Award.
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