Category Archive: 1940

AMERICAN PATROL

American Patrol Written 1885 Form March Writer(s) F. W. Meacham “American Patrol” is a popular march written by Frank White (F.W.) Meacham in 1885. It incorporates both original musical themes by Meacham and melodies from American patriotic songs of the era such as “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” and “Dixie.” Composed for piano, it …

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IN THE MOOD

In the Mood “In the Mood” is a popular big band-era #1 hit recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. It topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S. and one year later was featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. The first recording of “In the Mood” was release by Edgar …

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PENNSYVANIA 6-5000 (song)

PEnnsylvania 6-5000 (song) “PEnnsylvania 6-5000” is a 1940 swing jazz and pop standard with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman. It was recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra as an RCA Bluebird 78 rpm single. According to a TV-interview with John Best, he originally improvised the famous trumpet-solo on the Glenn …

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MOONLIGHT SERENADE

Moonlight Serenade Song by Glenn Miller Published 1939 Composer(s) Glenn Miller Lyricist(s) Mitchell Parish “Moonlight Serenade” is an American swing ballad composed by Glenn Miller with subsequent lyrics by Mitchell Parish. It was an immediate phenomenon when first released in May 1939 as an instrumental arrangement, though it had been adopted and performed as Miller’s …

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CHEEK TO CHEEK (song)

Cheek to Cheek “Cheek to Cheek” is a song written by Irving Berlin in 1935, for the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat (1935). In the movie, Astaire sings the song to Rogers as they dance. The song was nominated for the Best Song Academy Award for 1936, which it lost to “Lullaby of Broadway”. …

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SANTA LUCIA (song)

Santa Lucia “Santa Lucia” (Italian: Neapolitan: is a traditional Neapolitan song. It was translated by Teodoro Cottrau (1827–1879) into Italian and published by the Cottrau firm, as a “barcarolla”, in Naples in 1849. Cottrau translated it from Neapolitan into Italian during the first stage of the Risorgimento, the first Neapolitan song to be given Italian …

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ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART (1934)

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart – 1934 “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” is a 1934 popular song with words and music by James F. Hanley. It was introduced by Hal Le Roy and Eunice Healey in the Broadway revue Thumbs Up! The most notable recordings were made by Judy Garland (who …

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HEART OF MY HEART

Heart of My Heart – 1926 “(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart” is a popular song. The music and lyrics were written by Ben Ryan (1892–1968) in 1926. It reminisces about being in a youthful quartet, singing “Heart of My Heart”. The quoted line, Heart of My Heart so longed for in the …

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WELL, DID YOU EVAH! 1939 (song)

“Well, Did You Evah!” – 1939 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Well, Did You Evah!” is a song written by Cole Porter for his 1939 musical DuBarry Was a Lady, where it was introduced by Betty Grable and Charles Walters. It was later performed by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra in the 1956 film High …

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TUMBLING TUMBLE WEEDS

Tumbling Tumbleweeds – 1934 “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” is a song composed by Bob Nolan. Although one of the most famous songs associated with the Sons of the Pioneers, the song was composed by Nolan in the 1930s, while working as a caddy and living in Los Angeles. Originally titled “Tumbling Tumble Leaves”, the song was reworked …

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