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
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 1945.
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
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.
Top Artists and Songs of 1944
Al Dexter and his Troopers
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight), Too Late To Worry Too Blue
Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
Don't Fence Me In, Victory Polka, A Hot Time In The Town
Of Berlin, Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My baby)
Swinging on a Star, I Love You, I'll Be Seeing You, San
Fernando Valley, Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral, It Could Happen
to You, Poinciana (Song Of The Tree), Amor
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me, Main Stem, Black Brown
Soldier's Last Letter
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, I Couldn't Sleep a wink
My Heart Tells Me, My Shing Hour
Its Love Love Love, Speak Low (When you Speak, Love)
Harry James and Dick Haymes
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You)
Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes
Long Ago And Far Away, It Had To Be You, Together
Ink Spots with Ella Fitzgerald
Cow-Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Yi-Ay), Into Each Life Some
Rain Must Fall, I'm Making Believe
A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, I'll Get By (As Long
As I Have You)
Besame Mucho, Star Eyes
It Could Happen to You
Joe Loss Orchestra
No Other Love, You'll Never Know
King Cole Trio
Straighten Up And Fly Right
Don't You Sweetheart Me
Just You Just Me
Hamp's Boogie Woogie
Louis Jordan and
his Tympany Five
I'll Walk Alone
You Always Hurt The One You Love, Till Then
Smoke on the Water
Dance With A Dolly (With A Hole In Her Stocking)
Artistry In Rhythm, And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine
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