Hooray for Hollywood!
Film Songwriters in the 1930s & '40s
Thu, May 13, 7:30 - 10:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Our most famous songwriters such as Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Harold Arlen established their reputations on Broadway, where they were given considerable artistic control over their work. They were much less comfortable in Hollywood where the rule from film producers was “Write us a song about [love or other bromide] and we’ll decide how to use it, if we use it.” It is remarkable that this system produced any worthwhile songs at all, but several composers and lyricists thrived under these conditions, including Harry Warren, Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Jule Styne and Johnny Mercer, to mention just a few. Their work was scarcely acknowledged at the time, even though their songs are now often the only memorable things about the films in which they were heard. It is these composers and writers to whom we pay tribute.
 I've Heard That Song Before
(1942) Youth On Parade
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
 Come Fly With Me
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 That Old Feeling
(1937) Vogues of 1938
Words by Lew Brown - Music by Sammy Fain
 It's Been A Long, Long Time
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
 Give Me A Song With A Beautiful Melody
(1949) It's A Great Feeling
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
Words & music by Johnny Mercer
 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön
(1937) Love Honor And Behave
Words by Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin - Music by Sholom Secunda
 King Porter Stomp
Music by Jelly Roll Morton
 Hooray For Hollywood
(1937) Hollywood Hotel
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Richard Whiting
 It Could Happen To You
(1944) And The Angels Sing
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 I'll Be Seeing You
(1938) Right This Way
Words by Irving Kahal - Music by Sammy Fain
 You Make Me Feel So Young
(1946) Three Little Girls In Blue
Words by Mack Gordon - Music by Josef Myrow
 I'll Take Romance
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II - Music by Ben Oakland
 Chicago Style
(1953) Road To Bali
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 Swinging On A Star
(1944) Going My Way
Words by Johnny Burke - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
 My Old Flame
(1934) Belle Of The Nineties
Words & music by Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston
 Shoo-Shoo Baby
Words & music by Phil Moore
 Time After Time
(1947) It Happened In Brooklyn
Words by Sammy Cahn - Music by Jule Styne
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Lew Brown, 1893-1958
Johnny Burke, 1908-1964
Sammy Cahn, 1913-1993
Saul Chaplin, 1912-1997
Sam Coslow, 1902-1982
Sammy Fain, 1902-1989
Mack Gordon, 1904-1959
Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895-1960
Arthur Johnston, 1898-1954
Irving Kahal, 1903-1942
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Phil Moore, -
Jelly Roll Morton, 1890-1941
Josef Myrow, 1910-1987
Ben Oakland, 1907-1979
Sholom Secunda, -
Jule Styne, 1905-1994
Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913-1990
Richard Whiting, 1891-1938
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