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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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Harold Arlen

  1.   Song
  2.   My Shining Hour
  3.   Little Biscuit
  4.   Over the Rainbow
  5.   In the Shade of the New Apple Tree
  6.   Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
  7.   Last Night When We Were Young
  8.   The Man That Got Away
  9.   The Gal That Got Away
  10.   For Every Man There's a Woman
  11.   A Sleepin' Bee
  12.   Paris Is A Lonely Town
  13.   Over the Rainbow II
  14.   Stormy Weather II
  15.   Over the Rainbow I
  16.   Let's Fall in Love I
  17.   As Long as I Live I
  18.   Kickin' the Go Around
  19.   Life Begins at 8:40: Fun to be Fooled
  20.   Bloomer Girl: Right as the Rain
  21.   Blues in the Night
  22.   Little Drops Of Rain (Bonus "Demo" Track)
  23.   Blues Opera Suite Act I
  24.   One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)
  25.   Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree
  26.   Smoke Rings
  27.   Little Girl
  28.   Pardon Me, Pretty Baby
  29.   Linda
  30.   Hooray for Love
  31.   I Never Has Seen Snow
  32.   Happy as the Day Is Long
  33.   One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), song
  34.   It's Only a Paper Moon, song (written for The Great Magoo)
  35.   Let's Fall in Love
  36.   Hittin' the Bottle
  37.   When the Sun Comes Out, song featuring Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  38.   I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, song
  39.   Ill Wind
  40.   As Long as I Live, song
  41.   Stormy Weather
  42.   That's a Fine Kind O' Freedom
  43.   House of Flowers by Barbra Streisand
  44.   Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, song
  45.   Hit the Road to Dreamland
  46.   St. Louis Woman: I had Myself a True Love
  47.   Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  48.   Today I Love Everybody
  49.   I've Got the World on a String
  50.   Come Rain Or Come Shine featuring Dick Haymes
  51.   Buds Won't Bud
  52.   You Said It
  53.   Moanin' in the Mornin'
  54.   This Is Only the Beginning
  55.   Casbah: What's Good About Goodbye?
  56.   Casbah: It was Written in the Stars
  57.   Bloomer Girl: Man For Sale
  58.   Ill Wind I
  59.   You're a Builder-upper
  60.   Let's Take the Long Way Home
  61.   How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
  62.   This Time the Dream's on Me
  63.   Stepping Into Love
  64.   Stormy Weather I
  65.   Out of This World
  66.   Blues in the Night
  67.   Happy Go Lucky Lane
  68.   Ill Wind II
  69.   That Old Black Magic, song (for the film "Star Spangled Rhythm")
  70.   Stormy Weather (Cotton Club Parade, 1933 Revue) by Leo Reisman
  71.   Sweet and Hot
  72.   Man for Sale
  73.   Baby Face

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