Ben Selvin I Only Have Eyes For You
Composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Al Dubin, the
song written in 1934 for the film Dames where it was sung
Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. The song would continue to
be recorded throughout the century by such artists as
Frank Sinatra the Temptations and in 1959 by The Flamingos.
This recording would make it to #11 on Bill Boards Top
!00. The song was used in such movies as American Graffiti,
The Right Stuff and Warner Brothers Merrie Melody Cartoons.
Don Bestor 42nd Street
42nd St. is the title and the title song of a 1933 movie
musical Starring Ruby Keeler. The song would go on to
be popular the movie would end up as two major Broadway
productions and many songs from the show would be come
Ethel Merman You're The Top
The song comes from the 1934 musical Anything Goes whose
score was written by the great Cole Porter and told
the story of a ships stowaway that falls in love with
an heiress on the ship. The song was hit at the time
especially when song by it's original performer Ethel
Merman. This would be the first time Miss Merman would
be on the charts but her popularity on Broadway would
make her a star not soon to be forgotten.
You're The Top would be used in many other shows and
be recorded by many arties such as Barbara Streisand
and John Barrowman The show would be revived many times
and continues to be performed in the 21st century. Recently
the song was song by Rachel Berry's two dads in GLEE.
Fats Waller Honey Suckle Rose
The song was originally composed in 1928 by Fats Waller,
with lyrics by Andy Razaf. Waller would finally record
the song in 1934 and this recording would be inducted
in to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The song would
be recorded by Lena Horne and Louis Armstrong and be
featured in an MGM Musical.
Jimmy Durante Inka Dinka Doo
Inka Dinka Doo was written by Ben Ryan, with music composed
by James Francis "Jimmy" Durante. The song
debuted in the 1934 movie Palooka. Durante's song would
become a hit for him but it also would become his signature
song. He would begin and end his radio program it. One
of the truly interesting facts about the song is one
of the other top songs of the year, You're The Top,
would mention Durante's name in the lyrics.
Leo Reisman The Continental
The song was written by Con Conrad with lyrics by Herb
Magidson, and was introduced by Ginger Rogers in the
1934 film, The Gay Divorcee, Co-starring Fred Astaire."The
Continental" was the first song to win the Academy
Award for Best Original Song . The would also be used
in an episode of I Love Lucy.
Ruth Etting Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
This song was written by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist
Otto Harbach for the 1933 musical Roberta. It was performed
in the show by Tamara Drasin. In 1935 the song would
be performed by Irene Dunne for the film adaptation
of the Broadway hit. The film co-starred Fred Astaire
and Ginger Rogers. The song would continue to be performed
throughout the 20th century by such artists as Nat King
Cole, Jody Garland and Eartha Kitt (TVs Catwoman). The
song would reach number three on the R&B Charts
in 1959 when recorded by The Platters
Sons of the Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweed
The song was composed by Bob Nolan and is probably one
of the most popular "cowboy" songs ever written.
The interesting point of this song is that it was composed
by Nolan while working as a caddy in Los Angeles. The
was originally titled "Tumbling Tumble Leaves but
the song was reworked and re-named. The song would gain
even more success when it was song by Gene Autry in
his movie of the same name.
Rudy Vallee And His Connecticut Yankees You Oughta Be In Pictures
Written by Dana Seusse and Richard Heyman, the song
would be first performed in The Ziegfeld Follies of
1934 by Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees who
would also record the song. In the same year Looney
Toons would use the title in a song starring Porky Pig
and Daffy Duck.
Top Artists and Songs of 1934
I Only Have Eyes For You
Gimma A Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer
Love In Bloom, June In January, Two Cigarettes In The
Dark, Little Dutch Mill, Love Is Just Around The Corner,
Straight From The Shoulder
Cab Calloway and his Orchestra
(Hep Hep!) The Jumpin Jive, Chinese Rhythm
Na Batucada da Vida
I Can't Dance (I Got Ants In My Pants), What a Shuffle,
Stompin' At The Savoy
Cocktails For Two, Solitude, Delta Serenade, The Saddest
Let's Fall In Love, I Only Have Eyes For You
Old Spinning Wheel
You're The Top
Flying Down To Rio
April In Paris, I Saw Stars
One Night of Love
Stars Fell on Alabama
Harry Sosnick and the Edgewater Beach Orchestra
April In Paris
For All We Know
All I Do Is Dream Of You
I Only Have Eyes For You
Inka Dinka Dpp
Jimmy Greer and his Orchestra
Stay As Sweet as You Are, The Object of my Affection
The Continental (You Kiss While You're Dancing)
Hands Across The Table
Agora & Cinza
I Get A Kick Out Of You, You're The Top, Smoke Gets In
Your Eyes, Wagon Wheels
The Very Thought Of You, Old Spinning Wheel
Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees
You Outta Be In Pictures
Smoke Gets In Your eyes
Scott Wood and His Orchestra
I Only Have Eyes For You
Sons of the Pioneers
My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua Hawaii, I'll String
Along With You
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