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

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