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Music During the Era of Silent Films

Today, we are familiar with the soundtrack that accompanies a film.  The music is included with the film and often increases our emotions of suspense, romance, mystery, etc. But, what about music in the bygone era of silent films? How was music used in films during this time? Silent in silent film refers to the Read More

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Debbie Reynolds

The death of Debbie Reynolds shocked the world last year. If you are a fan of musicals from the 1950s and 1960s, then Debbie Reynolds is well known to you. Mary Frances Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas.  The was the daughter of Ray and Minnie Reynolds. Her family moved Read More

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The Andrew Sisters

When you think of hits such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Cirbiribin, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time then the 1940s and the Andrews Sisters come to mind. But, who were the Andrew Sisters? The group consisted of three sisters LaVerne Sophia, Maxene Angelyn and Patricia Read More

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Song Story: Buffalo Gals

If you’re a fan of It’s a Wonderful Life you’ll remember Mary and George Bailey singing the song “Buffalo Gals” where George lassos the moon. Buffalo Gals is an American song that was written and published in 1844.  The song was originally titled “Kubly Fan”. The song was written by John Hodges, who was a Read More

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Song Story: This Land is Your Land

In honor of the Fourth of July, I thought we’d look at a popular Patriotic song, This Land is Your Land. The American folk song was written in 1940 by Woody Guthrie.  During this time he hitchhiked from Los Angeles to New York City and continuously heard God Bless America played on the radio and Read More

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Song Story: Pennies from Heaven

Pennies from Heaven is one of my personal favorites and I recently heard Regis Philbin singing the song and thought this would be a great song to explore. Pennies from Heaven was written by Johnny Burke {lyrics} and Arthur Johnson {music}.  The song was first introduced in the 1936 film Pennies from Heaven, which introduced Read More

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Song Story: Swinging on a Star

Swinging on a Star was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film, Going My Way. The pop standard was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke.  The song is said to be inspired by a conversation Bing Crosby had with his children one evening while Jimmy Van Heusen was a guest.  Read More

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Song Story: Dance by the Light of the Moon

Dance by the Light of the Moon was written and performed by the American doo-wop group, The Olympics. The group released the song in 1960 and it topped the charts at #47. This doesn’t seem to be as well a known song as Fly Me to the Moon, Moon River, Blue Moon, Moonlight Bay, By Read More

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Song Story: Blue Moon

Blue Moon was written by the popular songwriting duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934. The duo was contracted in May 1933 by MGM to write songs for an upcoming movie called Hollywood Party.  Richard Rodgers later recalled, “One of our ideas was to include a scene in which Jean Harlow is shown as Read More

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Song Story: Moonlight Becomes You

Moonlight Becomes You was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and the lyrics were written by Johnny Burke. The song was originally written for the Bing Crosby and Bob Hope movie Road to Morocco in 1942. In the film, Crosby serenades the princess underneath the palace balcony.  The song is reprised throughout the film to provide Read More