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

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