Alec Wilder's American Popular Song - 3

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The list author says: "AMERICAN POPULAR SONG The Great Innovators 1900-1950 by Alec Wilder

Chapter 2 JEROME KERN (1885-1945) continued

All music by Jerome Kern"
Music In The Air (1952 Radio Cast)
1.  Music In The Air (1952 Radio Cast) by Jerome Kern
The list author says:
  "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Music in the Air, 1932) Mary Ellis  "a very dear song...very simply designed""
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Essential Capitol Collection
2.  Essential Capitol Collection by Keely Smith
The list author says:
  "The Song Is You (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Music in the Air, 1932) Keely Smith  "one of Kern's self-consciously elegant 'art songs'...too dramatic a statement on too small a stage...moves gracefully and the release is masterful""
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Three Original Hit Albums
3.  Three Original Hit Albums by Tony Bennett
The list author says:
  "Let's Begin (Otto Harbach, lyric - from Roberta, 1933) Tony Bennett  "a marvelous rhythm song...every bit of it works...a big departure""
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Taking a Chance on Love
4.  Taking a Chance on Love by Jane Monheit
The list author says:
  "I Won't Dance (Oscar Hammerstein II, Dorothy Fields, Otto Harbach and Jimmy McHugh, lyric - from Roberta, film, 1935) Jane Monheit and Michael Buble  "a very good, very swinging song with perhaps the most difficult release Kern ever wrote""
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The Astaire Story
5.  The Astaire Story by Fred Astaire
The list author says:
  "Lovely To Look At (Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, lyric - from Roberta, film, 1935) Fred Astaire  "short and sweet and just a trifle frustrating because it ends before you want it to""
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Complete Commodore & Decca Masters
6.  Complete Commodore & Decca Masters by Billie Holiday
The list author says:
  "Yesterdays (Otto Harbach, lyric - from Roberta, 1933) Billie Holiday  "an extraordinarily evocative song, simple in construction, narrow in range...and unforgettable""
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The Platters - All-Time Greatest Hits
7.  The Platters - All-Time Greatest Hits by The Platters
The list author says:
  "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Otto Harbach, lyric - from Roberta, 1933) The Platters  "its inventiveness and its very daring release...always on the edge of artiness... superb lyric""
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Jerome Kern's Roberta (1952 Studio Cast)
8.  Jerome Kern's Roberta (1952 Studio Cast) by Jerome Kern
The list author says:
  "The Touch of Your Hand (Otto Harbach, lyric - from Roberta, 1933) Joan Roberts and Frank Rogier  "a very florid, rather pretentious waltz""
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Musical Ladies & Music of Jerome Kern
9.  Musical Ladies & Music of Jerome Kern by Kitty Carlisle
The list author says:
  "I Dream Too Much (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from I Dream Too Much, film, 1935) Lily Pons  "another waltz...a much less overt plunge into the theatrical wisteria mists of the past""
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The Very Best of Marilyn Monroe
10.  The Very Best of Marilyn Monroe by Marilyn Monroe
The list author says:
  "A Fine Romance (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from Swing Time, film, 1936) Marilyn Monroe  "a good song, one that keeps piling up, tossing in pleasantries and surprises...a wonderful quality of uninterrupted movement""
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A New Standard
11.  A New Standard by Steve Tyrell
The list author says:
  "The Way You Look Tonight (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from Swing Time, film, 1936) Steve Tyrell  "a lovely, warm song, with a lovely, warm lyric...flows with elegance and grace""
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Gershwin - Porter - Kern: Overtures
12.  Gershwin - Porter - Kern: Overtures by Gershwin
The list author says:
  "The Waltz in Swing Time (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from Swing Time, film, 1936) The Ambrosian Singers with the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by John McGlinn  "medley-like piece...seven distinct themes...all of them charming and ingeniously swinging in nature""
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The Very Best of Diana Krall
13.  The Very Best of Diana Krall by Diana Krall
The list author says:
  "Pick Yourself Up (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from Swing Time, film, 1936) Diana Krall  "a pleasant song...somehow less a 'song' song than a 'material' song"
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Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight
14.  Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight by Peggy King
The list author says:
  "You Couldn't Be Cuter (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from Joy of Living, film, 1938) Peggy King  "not only swings, but it builds in the last section...to perfection...irresistible""
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1937-38
15.  1937-38 by Tommy Dorsey
The list author says:
  "Just Let Me Look at You (Dorothy Fields, lyric - from The Joy of Living, film, 1938) Jack Leonard with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra  "a beautiful, uncluttered song...not sparing in its use of melodic invention...a singer's song""
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Maestro Sophisticate
16.  Maestro Sophisticate by Leo Reisman
The list author says:
  "Your Dream (Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Gentlemen Unafraid, 1938) Lewis Conrad with Leo Reisman and his Orchestra  "wanders all over the lot""
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Helen Forrest: The Voice of the Big Bands
17.  Helen Forrest: The Voice of the Big Bands by Helen Forrest
The list author says:
  "All the Things You Are (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Very Warm for May, 1939) - Helen Forrest with Artie Shaw and his Orchestra  "a song so complex...not only very ingenious, but very daring""
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Warm Spring Night
18.  Warm Spring Night by Philip Chaffin
The list author says:
  "Heaven in My Arms (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Very Warm for May, 1939) Philip Chaffin  "the feeling that verse and chorus were written in one sitting...all without blemish...all very charming""
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Melodies: The 1955 Walden Sessions
19.  Melodies: The 1955 Walden Sessions by Melodies of Jerome Kern
The list author says:
  "In the Heart of the Dark (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Very Warm for May, 1939) Warren Galjour  "might easily be mistaken for a Cole Porter song...a very good, though little-known song""
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All The Things You Are - Music Of Jerome Kern
20.  All The Things You Are - Music Of Jerome Kern by Jerome Kern
The list author says:
  "In Other Words, Seventeen (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Very Warm for May, 1939) Susan Watson  "innocence and naturalness""
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Complete World Transcriptions
21.  Complete World Transcriptions by Mel Torme
The list author says:
  "All in Fun (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Very Warm for May, 1939) Mel Torme  "another very fine and untypical ballad...bitter-sweet mood...truly theatrical songwriting""
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Johnny Desmond Swings
22.  Johnny Desmond Swings by Johnny Desmond
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  "The Last Time I Saw Paris (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - 1940) Johnny Desmond  "dull""
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In the Still of the Night
23.  In the Still of the Night by George Dvorsky
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  "You Were Never Lovelier (Johnny Mercer, lyric - from You Were Never Lovelier, film, 1942) George Dvorsky  "a good solid song...a rather schoolmarmish verse and an unfortunately weak ending""
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Best Of: Capitol Recordings 1959-1962
24.  Best Of: Capitol Recordings 1959-1962 by Dinah Shore
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  "I'm Old Fashioned (Johnny Mercer, lyric - from You Were Never Lovelier, film, 1942) Dinah Shore  "a particularly splendid song...verse is as lovely as its lyric...a masterpiece of invention""
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Great American Songbook
25.  Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson (Jazz)
The list author says:
  "Dearly Beloved (Johnny Mercer, lyric - from You Were Never Lovelier, film, 1942) Nancy Wilson  "such a reputation that it is played at many weddings""
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Golden Greats
26.  Golden Greats by Fred Astaire
The list author says:
  "On the Beam (Johnny Mercer, lyric - cut from You Were Never Lovelier, film, 1942) Fred Astaire  "a good strong rhythm song...the mysterious vitality of the songs written for Fred Astaire""
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Greatest Hits
27.  Greatest Hits by Perry Como
The list author says:
  "More and More (E. Y. Harburg, lyric - from Can't Help Singing, film, 1944) Perry Como  "curious lapses""
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The Golden Voice of Deanna Durbin
28.  The Golden Voice of Deanna Durbin by Deanna Durbin
The list author says:
  "Can't Help Singing (E. Y. Harburg, lyric - from Can't Help Singing, film, 1944) Deanna Durbin and Robert Paige  "a breezy waltz...cheery, direct, uncomplex, and spring-like""
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Jo Stafford: 108 Classic Sides from a Great American Hitmaker
29.  Jo Stafford: 108 Classic Sides from a Great American Hitmaker by Jo Stafford
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  "Long Ago (And Far Away) (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Cover Girl, film, 1944) Jo Stafford  "an interesting departure...every eight measures he restates his two-measure opening theme""
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Collection
30.  Collection by Diane Schuur
The list author says:
  "Sure Thing (Ira Gershwin, lyric - from Cover Girl, film, 1944) Diane Schuur  "a much more endearing and melodically interesting song...one of the most American-sounding of Kern's later ballads""
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Columbia Years: 1943-1952
31.  Columbia Years: 1943-1952 by Frank Sinatra
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  "Two Hearts Are Better Than One (Johnny Mercer, lyric - cut from Centennial Summer, film, 1946) Frank Sinatra  "rather wild, irregular song...clever...but it makes the song extremely difficult to sing""
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Nobody Else But Me
32.  Nobody Else But Me by Bobby Short
The list author says:
  "Nobody Else but Me (Oscar Hammerstein II, lyric - from Show Boat, revival, 1946) Bobby Short  "supposed to be the last song he wrote..very beautiful...though far from simple...its 'American-soundingness'...serves as a perfect epitaph to his career""
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