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Harold Arlen

An American songwriting legend and son of a cantor, Harold Arlen was fascinated early in his life with the sound of ragtime. While singing in his father's synagogue he also played ragtime piano in local Buffalo bands and accompanied silent films. After arranging for the Buffalodians, Arlen moved to New York. His jobs included arranging for Fletcher Henderson and serving as a rehearsal pianist for radio and theater. A vamp he devised while practicing was later turned into the song "Get Happy," with lyrics from Ted Koehler. Arlen and Koehler wrote eight revues for the Cotton Club, one of which included the anthem "Stormy Weather," first performed by Ethel Waters. Though he moved to Hollywood in the '30s, Arlen kept penning songs for Broadway, working with other lyricists like Dorothy Fields, Leo Robin, Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, and Ira Gershwin as well as Koehler. His list of hits and accomplishments is amazing; they include songs for the films Take a Chance, Star-Spangled Rhythm, The Sky's the Limit, and his most famous, The Wizard of Oz. Arlen also composed tunes for the plays Earl Carroll Vanities, Rhythm Mania, and St. Louis Woman. The incredible array of unforgettable compositions includes "I've Got the World on a String," "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Over the Rainbow." Numerous jazz artists have recorded his songs, as well as pop performers across the spectrum. Arlen made a few recordings as a performer, among them sessions with Duke Ellington and Barbra Streisand. ~ Ron Wynn
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  1.   Song
  2.   Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
  3.   A Sleepin' Bee
  4.   Come Rain or Come Shine by Ron Eschete Trio
  5.   House of Flowers by Barbra Streisand
  6.   My Shining Hour
  7.   Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree
  8.   Stormy Weather
  9.   Little Biscuit
  10.   Over the Rainbow II
  11.   The Man That Got Away
  12.   Out of This World
  13.   This Time the Dream's on Me
  14.   Over the Rainbow I
  15.   Let's Fall in Love I
  16.   Stormy Weather I
  17.   Stormy Weather (Cotton Club Parade, 1933 Revue) by Leo Reisman
  18.   St. Louis Woman: I had Myself a True Love
  19.   Casbah: It was Written in the Stars
  20.   Casbah: What's Good About Goodbye?
  21.   Bloomer Girl: Man For Sale
  22.   Stepping Into Love
  23.   You Said It
  24.   Linda
  25.   Happy Go Lucky Lane
  26.   Sweet and Hot
  27.   Hooray for Love
  28.   I Never Has Seen Snow
  29.   Buds Won't Bud
  30.   Moanin' in the Mornin'
  31.   Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe by Louise Carlyle
  32.   Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  33.   Happy as the Day Is Long
  34.   Get Happy, song (used in "9:15 Revue")
  35.   That Old Black Magic, song (for the film "Star Spangled Rhythm")
  36.   One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), song
  37.   It's Only a Paper Moon, song (written for The Great Magoo)
  38.   Let's Fall in Love
  39.   Hittin' the Bottle
  40.   When the Sun Comes Out, song featuring Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  41.   I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, song
  42.   Ill Wind
  43.   As Long as I Live, song
  44.   Over the Rainbow
  45.   Last Night When We Were Young
  46.   For Every Man There's a Woman
  47.   Hit the Road to Dreamland
  48.   In the Shade of the New Apple Tree
  49.   Little Drops Of Rain (Bonus "Demo" Track)
  50.   Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, song
  51.   That's a Fine Kind O' Freedom
  52.   Blues Opera Suite Act I
  53.   Man for Sale
  54.   Ill Wind I
  55.   Come Rain Or Come Shine featuring Dick Haymes
  56.   Paris Is A Lonely Town
  57.   You're a Builder-upper
  58.   Little Girl
  59.   Bloomer Girl: Right as the Rain
  60.   Blues in the Night
  61.   Ill Wind II
  62.   Let's Take the Long Way Home
  63.   Today I Love Everybody
  64.   Blues in the Night
  65.   One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)
  66.   Kickin' the Go Around
  67.   Stormy Weather II
  68.   I've Got the World on a String
  69.   Baby Face
  70.   This Is Only the Beginning
  71.   How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  72.   Pardon Me, Pretty Baby
  73.   Life Begins at 8:40: Fun to be Fooled
  74.   The Gal That Got Away
  75.   As Long as I Live I
  76.   Smoke Rings

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