Category Archive: 1940

I COULD WRITE A BOOK

I Could Write a Book 1940 Song from Pal Joey Published 1940 Writer(s) Lorenz Hart Composer(s) Richard Rodgers “I Could Write a Book” is a show tune from the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey (1940), where it was introduced by Gene Kelly and Leila Ernst. Notable recordings Betty Carter – The Audience with …

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PICK YOURSELF UP

Pick Yourself Up “Pick Yourself Up” is a popular song composed in 1936 by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. It has a verse and chorus, as well as a third section, though the third section is often omitted in recordings. Like most popular songs of the era it features a 32 bar chorus …

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ORANGS BLOSSSOM SPECIAL

Orange Blossom Special (song) Genre Rockabilly folk bluegrass – 1938 Length 3:06 Label Columbia Writer(s) Ervin T. Rouse The fiddle tune “Orange Blossom Special”, about the passenger train of the same name, was written by Ervin T. Rouse (1917–1981) in 1938. The original recording was created by Ervin and Gordon Rouse in 1939. It is …

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WILLIAM TELL OVERTURE

Above: Rossini portrayed in 1828, the year he began composing William Tell. 1829 William Tell Overture The William Tell Overture is the overture to the opera William Tell (original French title Guillaume Tell), whose music was composed by Gioachino Rossini. William Tell premiered in 1829 and was the last of Rossini’s 39 operas, after which …

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BLUE SKIES

Blue Skies (Irving Berlin song) “Blue Skies” is a popular song that was written by Irving Berlin in 1926. The song was composed in 1926 as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. Although the show ran for 39 performances only, “Blue Skies” was an instant success, with audiences on opening night …

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I FOUND A MILLION DOLLAR BABY

I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store) Published 1931 (1926 for the lyric, combined with different music) Composer(s) Harry Warren Lyricist(s) Mort Dixon and Billy Rose “I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store)” is a popular song. The music was written by Harry …

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TUXEDO JUCTION

Tuxedo Junction Song by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra Released 1938 Label RCA Bluebird Writer(s) Buddy Feyne Composer(s) Erskine Hawkins Bill Johnson Julian Dash “Tuxedo Junction” is a song co-written by Birmingham, Alabama composer Erskine Hawkins and saxophonist and arranger Bill Johnson. Julian Dash is also credited for the music. Buddy Feyne wrote the lyrics. …

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BEGIN THE BEGUINE

Begin the Beguine A-side Indian Love Call B-side Begin the Beguine Recorded July 24, 1938, New York City Genre Jazz Length 3:11 “Begin the Beguine” is a popular song written by Cole Porter. Porter composed the song between Kalabahi, Indonesia, and Fiji during a 1935 Pacific cruise aboard Cunard’s ocean liner Franconia. In October 1935, …

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LET’S FALL IN LOVE

Let’s Fall in Love 1933 “Let’s Fall in Love” is a song written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler and published in 1933. The major hit at the time of introduction was by Eddy Duchin. It was originally written in C major with a “Moderately Bright” tempo marking. As a jazz standard, it’s usually played …

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LITTLE BROWN JUG (song)

Little Brown Jug (song) “Little Brown Jug” is a song written in 1869 by Joseph Winner, originally published credited to “Eastburn” (Winner’s middle name) by J.E. Winner in Philadelphia. It was originally a drinking song. It remained well known as a folk song into the early 20th century. Like many songs which make reference to …

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