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
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
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 Pop
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.
Top Artists and Songs of 1943
Al Dexter & His Troops
Pistol Packin' mama
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Taking A Chance On Love, Why Don't You Do Right?
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Pistol Packin' Mama
Bing Crosby and Trudy Erwin
Oh What A Beautiful Morning, People Will Say We're In
Whispering Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Sunday Monday
or Always, If You Please
You'll Never Know, It Can't Be Wrong, Put Your Arms Around
Dick Kuhn & his Orchestra
Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
Evil Gal Blues
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, (As Long As You're Not
in Love with Anyone Else) Why Don't You Fall In Love With
Sentimental Lady, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Perdido,
Slip of the Lip
Ella Mae Morse
Don't Cry Baby
All or Nothing at All, Sunday Monday Always, You'll Never
Know, People Will Say We're In Love, Close To You
That Old Black Magic
Deep In The Heart of Texas
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Glenn Miller Orchestra
That Old Black Magic, Blue Rain, Rhapsody In Blue
Two O'Clock Jump, I've Heard That Song Before, Mister
Five By Five, I Had The Craziest Dream, Velvet Moon, I
Heard You Cried Last Night
Jacques Renard & his Orchestra
As Time Goes By
They're Either Too Young Or Too Old
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
For Me and My Gal
Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart
I Don't Want To Walk Without You
Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
The Dreamer/How Sweet You Are
King Cole Trio
All For You
That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out
Rudy Vallee and
his Connecticut Yankees
As Time Goes By
Artistry In Rhythm
The Ink Spots
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
The Song Spinners
Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra
There Are Such Things, In The Blues Of The Evening
When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World), Let's
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