Bing Crosby Would You Like To Swing On A Star Too - Ra - Loo- Ra - Loo - Ra
Going My Way is a 1944 movie starring Bing Crosby and Barry
Fitzgerald. The story revolved around a young Priest played
by Bing Crosby who comes, secretly, to the aid of an older priest
who is about to lose his parish. The older Priest, Father Fitzgibbon,
was played by Barry Fitzgerald." Would You Like To Swing
On A Star", and "Too - Ra - Loo - Ra - Loo - Ra",
were both part of this motion picture. The film was not a musical
as much as a film that involved music.
Would You Like To Swing On A Star, became the key to getting
money to save the parish. The song has an interesting history.
Jimmy Van Heusen, a song writer who was working on the film
was at Crosby's house for dinner one evening. One of the Crosby's
sons complained of not wanting to go to the school the next
day. Crosby looked at his son and said to him, "If you
don't go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna
do that?" The rebuke became the inspiration that would
inspire An Academy Award Winning song.
Too - Ra - Loo - Ra - Loo - Ra was actually written in 1914
by composer James Royce Shannon who lived from 1881 to 1946.
The song was used in the film to sing the old priest Father
Fitzgibbon, to sleep after he had been caught in a bad storm.
Though the song was written in 1914 the composer would live
to see his song become a popular hit in 1944.
Judy Garland The Trolley Song
Contrary to the way modern songs become hits, many of the hits
of the 1920s, 30, and 40s, came from two major sources first,
The Broadway Stage, and second The Movie Musical. And nobody
made movie musicals like MGM studios. In 1944 a musical would
be released starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincent Minnelli.
The movie? Meet Me In St. Louis.
Meet Me In St Louis told the story of the Smith family, over
a one year period. The movie starts in the summer and ends in
the spring, with the opening of the St Louis World's Fair. In
the summer section one of the daughters Esther, played by Judy
Garland, and a group of her friend are going to the fair grounds
to see what preparations are being done. And they are going
by trolley. Garland sings a song that told the story of a young
woman who meets the love her life on a trolley. This would become
one of the biggest hits of Garland's career only out done by
Over The Rainbow.
Another significant point about Meet in St Louis is that one
other song would become popular and take on a life of its own
being recorded over and over again by many artists. The song
is, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Another point
from the personal life of Garland is this was where she met
Vincent Minnelli, the two would marry and would produce Liza
Minnelli. Meet Me In St Louis is considered by many movie scholars
as one of the greatest films of all time.
Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters Don't Fence Me In
The music for the song was written by Cole Porter. The lyrics
were adapted from a text by a poet and engineer with the Department
of Highways Robert (Bob) Fletcher in Helena, Montana in 1934.
Porter bought Fletchers material for $250.00. The song was to
be used in a movie musical to be produced by 20th Century Fox
that ended up being shelved. 10 years later the song was resurrected
for Roy Rodgers in the film, Hollywood Canteen. The first time
America got introduced to the song was on Kate Smith's radio
program. The song hit full stride later in 1944 when Bing Crosby
and The Andrews would enter a recording studio, and having never
heard the song before, recorded it in thirty minutes. This Version
of the song would top the charts for eight weeks from 1944 into
The Mills Brothers You Always Hurt The One You Love
With words by Allan Roberts and music by Doris Fisher, the song
would become a standard to be recorded again and again over
the years. When The Mills Brothers recorded it in 1944 it would
immediately become a top seller. The song would stay on the
pop charts for twenty weeks peaking at number one.
Helen Forest and Dick Haymes It Had To Be You
It Had To Be You, was written by Isham Jones with lyrics by
Gus Khan in 1924. It would take 15 years to be heard. The song
was used in the 1939 film, The Roaring Twenties. IN 1944 When
Helen Forrest Recorded the song as duet with Dick Haymes the
song would hit Billboard Magazine's bestsellers list on 09/14/44
and remain on the chart for five weeks, peaking at number 4.
The song would be used many times over the years. Of special
interest is to note that it was sung by Dooley Wilson in the
1945 film, Casablanca.
Merry Macs Mairzy Doates
The song has it's basis in an English Nursery Rhyme that was
reworked in to the song by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry
Livingston in 1943. It took a year for the song to be published
as no company wanted to publish a sill y song, which could be
considered a bit surprising as, Would You Like To Swing On A
Star, was doing well for Bing Crosby. Eventually the song would
find a publisher and become a number one hit for The Merry Macs
in March of 1944. This song was also popular with the soldiers
in WWII where the lyrics were used as passwords.
The King Cole Trio Straighten Up and Fly Right
This song was written by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills in 1943.
The song would become a hit in 1944, and the most popular the
song the group produced. The single would peak at number nine
on the pop charts. The song be recorded by such artist as The
Andrews Sisters, Linda Ronstadt and Lyle Lovett.
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