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

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