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

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