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Top 10 Richard Rodgers Songs

Top 10 Richard Rodgers Songs

  1. Overture (Ted Sperling)

    Overture (Ted Sperling)

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  2. Mountain Greenery

    Mountain Greenery

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  3. Oh, What A Beatiful Morning

    Oh, What A Beatiful Morning

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  4. Getting To Know You (Bing Crosby)

    Getting To Know You (Bing Crosby)

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  5. I Have Dreamed [The King and I]

    I Have Dreamed [The King and I]

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  6. You Took Advantage Of Me (Linda Ronstadt)

    You Took Advantage Of Me (Linda Ronstadt)

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  7. My Funny Valentine (Frank Sinatra)

    My Funny Valentine (Frank Sinatra)

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  8. Have You Met Miss Jones?

    Have You Met Miss Jones?

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  9. What's The Use Of Wond'rin'?

    What’s The Use Of Wond’rin’?

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  10. Some Enchanted Evening (Paulo Szot)

    Some Enchanted Evening (Paulo Szot)

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REBLOG: THE STRAIGHT DOPE: Why People Forget BE A CLOWN and MAKE EM LAUGH Aren’t the Same Song

The Straight Dope: Aren’t the show tunes “Be a Clown” and “Make ‘Em Laugh” suspiciously similar?

A STRAIGHT DOPE CLASSIC FROM CECIL’S STOREHOUSE OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE

Aren’t the show tunes “Be a Clown” and “Make ‘Em Laugh” suspiciously similar?

June 4, 1976

Dear Cecil:

The finale of The Pirate (1947), with a score by Cole Porter, is a number performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland called “Be a Clown.” In Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Donald O’Connor does a famous routine to a song called “Make ‘Em Laugh,” whose music is identical to that of the earlier song and its lyric nearly so. Its authors, however, are listed as Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, who wrote the rest of the movie’s score. How come? Were there any lawsuits? Both movies were produced by Arthur Freed, which may mean something.

Cecil replies:

Arthur Freed, the producer responsible for most of the MGM musicals of the 40s and 50s, began his career as a songwriter. “Singin’ in the Rain” was part of Brown and Freed’s score for MGM’s first “all talking, all singing, all dancing” musical, The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (the song has since been used in five other films, counting A Clockwork Orange).

In 1952, Freed decided to use his songbook as the basis for an original musical, as he had done with Jerome Kern’s songs in 1946 (Till the Clouds Roll By) and George Gershwin’s in 1951 (An American in Paris). Freed assigned Betty Comden and Adolph Green to build a screenplay around the available material, with Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly to direct. When the time came to shoot, Donen decided that Donald O’Connor needed a solo number, and couldn’t find anything that worked in the Freed catalog. Donen suggested that Brown and Freed write a new song, pointing to Porter’s “Be a Clown” as the sort of thing he thought would fit in at that point in the script. Brown and Freed obliged–maybe too well–with “Make ‘Em Laugh.” Donen called it “100 percent plagiarism,” but Freed was the boss and the song went into the film. Cole Porter never sued, although he obviously had grounds enough. Apparently he was still grateful to Freed for giving him the assignment for The Pirate at a time when Porter’s career was suffering from two consecutive Broadway flops (Mexican Hayride and Around the World in Eighty Days).

More Fun Halloween Hits: Classic Teen Death Ditties

In the early 60’s there was a fad in Top-40 music for story songs in which teenage characters die.  A car crash with a weird moral ending was almost a guaranteed hit.  Blogger Robert Fontenot lists some of these songs at the link:

link:  Teen Tragedy – The Fifties and Sixties.

Here are a couple of videos with performances from this list.

Halloween Hit Songs

A link to blogger Robert Fontenot’s list of the Top 10 Halloween hits.

link:  The Top 10 Halloween Oldies.

Also, Youtube vids for 3 of the songs:

Same 4 Chords, 36 Songs -Many Pop Songs Use the Same Chord Progression

This was done by an Australian comedy group called Axis of Awesome.

link:   YouTube – 4 Chords , 36 Songs (Unbelievable!!!!) 36 songs can be sung on 4 chords! listen!!

It’s I V vi IV.  One chord, five chord, and four chord all major, minor six chord in the middle  leads into the four chord, four chord leads back to the one.   Get it?  All the songs follow the same progression although not always in the same key.

Eddie Fisher was 82 and "A true mensch."

Washington Post Obit: A Singer Best Remembered For Scandal

The great Eddie Fisher is no longer coming down for breakfast at 82.  The obits have a lot about his film roles and his celebrity marriages, but this guy had the best voice.

Here are two giant ones:

“Everybody’s Got A Home But Me”  [from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream]

“Heart”  [from Damn Yankees]

this video kind of sucks

Stax/Volt Music – What is Stax/Volt? – Oldies Music Songs and Artists

Stax/Volt Music – What is Stax/Volt? – Oldies Music Songs and Artists.

Post 911 Banned Songs List

As the anniversary of 911 approaches, here’s an interesting censorship story I forgot about. A Program Director at one of the Clear Channel Radio stations compiled a list of songs that might be considered in “bad taste” to play following the awful events of September 11, 2001.  Also, here’s a link to the full story:  snopes.com: Clear Channel Banned Songs
Alice In Chains, “Rooster”
Alice In Chains, “Sea of Sorrow”
Alice In Chains, “Down in a Hole”
Alice In Chains, “Them Bones”
Beastie Boys, “Sure Shot”
Beastie Boys, “Sabotage”
The Cult, “Fire Woman”
Everclear, “Santa Monica (Watch the World Die)”
Filter, Hey Man, “Nice Shot”
Foo Fighters, “Learn to Fly”
Savage Garden, “Crash and Burn”
Dave Matthews Band, “Crash Into Me”
Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian”
Pretenders, “My City Was Gone”
Alanis Morissette, “Ironic”
Barenaked Ladies, “Falling for the First Time”
Fuel, “Bad Day”
Korn, “Falling Away From Me”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Aeroplane”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”
Smashing Pumpkins, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
Peter Gabriel, “When You’re Falling”
System Of A Down, “Chop Suey!”
Lenny Kravitz, “Fly Away”
Tom Petty, “Free Fallin'”
Bruce Springsteen, “I’m On Fire”
Bruce Springsteen, “Goin’ Down”
Phil Collins, “In the Air Tonight”
Limp Bizkit, “Break Stuff”
Green Day, “Brain Stew”
Temple Of The Dog, “Say Hello to Heaven”
Sugar Ray, “Fly”
Local H, “Bound for the Floor”
Slipknot, “Left Behind, Wait and Bleed”
Bush, “Speed Kills”
311, “Down”
Stone Temple Pilots, “Dead and Bloated”
Soundgarden, “Fell on Black Days”
Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun”
Metallica, “Seek and Destroy”
Metallica, “Harvester of Sorrow”
Metallica, “Enter Sandman”
Metallica, “Fade to Black”
Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”
Godsmack, “Bad Religion”
Tool, “Intolerance”
Soundgarden, “Blow Up the Outside World”
Nena, “99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons”
AC/DC, “Shot Down in Flames”
AC/DC, “Shoot to Thrill”
AC/DC, “Dirty Deeds”
AC/DC, “Highway to Hell”
AC/DC, “Safe in New York City”
AC/DC, “TNT”
AC/DC, “Hell’s Bells”
Black Sabbath, “War Pigs”
Black Sabbath, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”
Black Sabbath, “Suicide Solution”
Kansas, “Dust in the Wind”
Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”
The Beatles, “A Day in the Life”
The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride”
The Beatles, “Obla Di, Obla Da”
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
Arthur Brown, “Fire”
Blue Oyster Cult, “Burnin’ For You”
Paul McCartney & Wings, “Live and Let Die”
Jimi Hendrix, “Hey Joe”
Jackson Browne, “Doctor My Eyes”
John Mellencamp, “Crumbling Down”
John Mellencamp, “Paper In Fire”
U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
Boston, “Smokin”
Billy Joel, “Only the Good Die Young”
Dio, “Holy Diver”
Steve Miller, “Jet Airliner”
Van Halen, “Jump”
Queen, “Another One Bites the Dust”
Queen, “Killer Queen”
Pat Benatar, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”
Pat Benatar, “Love is a Battlefield”
Oingo Boingo, “Dead Man’s Party”
REM, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It”
Talking Heads, “Burning Down the House”
Judas Priest, “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”
Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell”
Pink Floyd, “Mother”
John Parr, “St. Elmo’s Fire”
Barry McGuire, “Eve of Destruction”
Steam, “Na Na Na Na Hey Hey”
Drifters, “On Broadway”
Shelly Fabares, “Johnny Angel”
Los Bravos, “Black is Black”
Peter & Gordon, “I Go To Pieces”
Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love”
Elvis Presley, “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise”
Zombies, “She’s Not There”
Elton John, “Bennie & The Jets”
Elton John, “Daniel”
Elton John, “Rocket Man”
Jerry Lee Lewis, “Great Balls of Fire”
Santana, “Evil Ways”
Louis Armstrong, “What A Wonderful World”
Youngbloods, “Get Together”
Ad Libs, “The Boy from New York City”
Peter Paul & Mary, “Blowin’ in the Wind”
Peter Paul & Mary, “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane”
Rolling Stones, “Ruby Tuesday”
Simon & Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Happenings, “See You in Septemeber”
Carole King, “I Feel the Earth Move”
Zager & Evans, “In the Year 2525”
Norman Greenbaum, “Spirit in the Sky”
Brooklyn Bridge, “Worst That Could Happen”
Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again”
Cat Stevens, “Peace Train”
Cat Stevens, “Morning Has Broken”
Jan & Dean, “Dead Man’s Curve”
Martha & The Vandellas, “Nowhere to Run”
Martha & The Vandellas/Van Halen, “Dancing in the Streets”
Hollies, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
Sam Cooke/Herman’s Hermits, “Wonderful World”
Petula Clark, “A Sign of the Times”
Don Mclean, “American Pie”
J. Frank Wilson/Pearl Jam, “Last Kiss”
Buddy Holly & The Crickets, “That’ll Be the Day”
John Lennon, “Imagine”
Bobby Darin, “Mack the Knife”
The Clash, “Rock the Casbah”
Surfaris, “Wipeout”
Blood Sweat & Tears, “And When I Die”
Dave Clark Five, “Bits and Pieces”
Tramps, “Disco Inferno”
Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died”
Frank Sinatra, “New York, New York”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Travelin’ Band”
The Gap Band, “You Dropped a Bomb On Me”
Alien Ant Farm, “Smooth Criminal”
3 Doors Down, “Duck and Run”
The Doors, “The End” Third Eye Blind, “Jumper”
Neil Diamond, “America”
Skeeter Davis, “End of the World”
Ricky Nelson, “Travelin’ Man”
Chi-Lites, “Have You Seen Her”
Animals, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”
Fontella Bass, “Rescue Me”
Mitch Ryder, “Devil with the Blue Dress”
James Taylor, “Fire and Rain”
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springsteen, “War”
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Tuesday’s Gone”
Drowning Pool, “Bodies”
Mudvayne, “Death Blooms”
Megadeth, “Dread and the Fugitive”
Megadeth, “Sweating Bullets”
Saliva, “Click Click Boom”
P.O.D., “Boom”