Classic American Popular Song:  The Sequel - 1

A Listmania! list by Derek Rivers
The list author says: "CLASSIC AMERICAN POPULAR SONG: THE SECOND HALF-CENTURY, 1950-2000 by David Jenness and Don Velsey was published in 2006 and is an explicit successor to Alec Wilder's monumental American Popular Song The Great Innovators 1900-1950. It's dedicated to Wilder's memory and picks up the history of the Broadway/Hollywood/jazz/cabaret musical tradition, aka the Great American Songbook, where Wilder left off. It also fills in a few earlier gaps (including Wilder's own songs). The authors don't have Wilder's individuality of style or his personal authority as a composer, but they're shrewd and analytical. This list, like my Wilder lists, notes one recording, where available, of every song covered in the book. (There's some overlap with the Wilder book; songs already covered there are omitted here.) The first two chapters are limited to musical and historical background, so we start with Chapter 3.

Chapter 3 LATE FLOWERING FROM OLD STOCK

HAROLD ARLEN (1905-86); COLE PORTER (1892-1964); IRVING BERLIN (1888-1989)

SONG UNAVAILABLE Who Will It Be When the Time Comes?"
Classic American Popular Song: The Second Half-Century, 1950-2000
1.  Classic American Popular Song: The Second Half-Century, 1950-2000 by David Jenness
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The Music Of Harold Arlen: The 1955 Walden Sessions
2.  The Music Of Harold Arlen: The 1955 Walden Sessions by Harold Arlen
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  "I Love a New Yorker (Harold Arlen, music; Ralph Blane and Harold Arlen, lyric - from My Blue Heaven, film, 1950) Louise Carlyle  "a blithe up-tempo song in the style of Arlen's early Cotton Club songs""
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Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook
3.  Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook by Ella Fitzgerald
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  "This Time the Dream's on Me (Harold Arlen, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - from Blues in the Night, film, 1941) Ella Fitzgerald  "major-key, mysteriously simple poise""
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Steppin' 'Round the Yellow Brick Road
4.  Steppin' 'Round the Yellow Brick Road by Steve Kirwan
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  "With the Sun Warm upon Me (Harold Arlen, music; Dorothy Fields, lyric - from The Farmer Takes a Wife, film, 1953) Steve Kirwan  "an evocative song, with a crucial contribution from Dorothy Fields...one little touch adds a lot""
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Star Is Born
5.  Star Is Born by Judy Garland
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  "1) It's a New World  Judy Garland  "a very beautiful example of Arlen's radiant major-key gift...extraordinary verse...touch of early-modern English poetry"  2) Lose That Long Face  Judy Garland  "a rhythmically irresistible, get-happy kind of song" (both Harold Arlen, music; Ira Gershwin, lyric - from A Star Is Born, film, 1954)"
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The Capitol Years
6.  The Capitol Years by Frank Sinatra
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  "Don't Like Goodbyes (Harold Arlen, music; Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, lyric - from House of Flowers, 1954) Frank Sinatra  "should be a standard...the familiar upward glide...verbally confiding bridge...stunning ending""
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Jamaica / Porgy and Bess
7.  Jamaica / Porgy and Bess by Harry Belafonte
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  "1) Push de Button  Lena Horne  "amusing...complex rhythmic pattern" 2) Cocoanut Sweet  Lena Horne wih orchestra conducted by Lehman Engel  "Arlen...surpasses his normally high standard...a gift that Arlen had beyond the other great composers...development by variation" (both Harold Arlen, music; E. Y. Harburg, lyrics - from Jamaica, 1957 )"
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Harold Sings Arlen (with friend)
8.  Harold Sings Arlen (with friend) by Harold Arlen
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  "Little Biscuit (Harold Arlen, music; E. Y. Harburg, lyric - from Jamaica, 1957) Harold Arlen  "delightful...light-hearted, major-key, 16-bar blues...lyrics are affectionately clever""
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Let's See What Happens
9.  Let's See What Happens by Kate Baldwin
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  "I Don't Think I'll End It All Today (Harold Arlen, music; E. Y. Harburg, lyric - from Jamaica, 1957) Kate Baldwin  "long, ingeniously-worded calypso-style...gets almost giddy in its verbal invention""
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Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall June 9 1962: Complete Concert
10.  Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall June 9 1962: Complete Concert by Tony Bennett
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  "What Good Does It Do? (Harold Arlen, music; E. Y. Harburg, lyric - from Jamaica, 1957) Tony Bennett  "a bigger song in a blueslike tempo and rhythm...wonderfully sinuous vocal line...Harburg outdoes himself throughout""
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Ben Bagley's Harold Arlen and Vernon Duke Revisited, Vol. 2
11.  Ben Bagley's Harold Arlen and Vernon Duke Revisited, Vol. 2 by Various Artists
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  "1) There's a Sweet Wind Blowin' My Way (Harold Arlen, music; E. Y. Harburg, lyric - cut from Jamaica, 1957) Tammy Grimes  "sweeping, beautiful ballad...top-rate Arlen...release is special, with very strong syncopated triplets...and a passionate vocal line" 2) Why Do You Make Me Like You? (Harold Arlen, music; Martin Charnin, lyric - from Softly, unproduced, 1966) "superb, big-blues ballad""
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Love Held Lightly: Rare Songs by Harold Arlen
12.  Love Held Lightly: Rare Songs by Harold Arlen by Peggy Lee
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  "Love Held Lightly (Harold Arlen, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - from Saratoga, 1959) Peggy Lee  "fine song""
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Come Rain Or Come Shine: The Harold Arlen Songbook
13.  Come Rain Or Come Shine: The Harold Arlen Songbook by Andre Previn
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  "Goose Never Be a Peacock (Harold Arlen, music; Johnny Mercer, lyric - from Saratoga, 1959) Sylvia McNair with Andre Previn, piano  "demanding, with an eloquent vocal line and a typical vamplike bass chord pattern""
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At Home With Arlen
14.  At Home With Arlen by Audrey Lavine
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  "Paris Is a Lonely Town (Harold Arlen, music; E. Y. Harburg, lyric - from Gay Purr-ee, film, 1962) Audrey Lavine  "one of his big moody ballads...a powerful song with a big range...should have been a hit""
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Blues in the Night--The Songs of Harold Arlen
15.  Blues in the Night--The Songs of Harold Arlen by Anne Burnell
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  "Happy with the Blues (Harold Arlen, music; Peggy Lee, lyric - 1961) Anne Burnell  "pop-blues style...proficient, but slight in emotional impact - in a sense too Arlenesque to be that interesting""
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What About Today
16.  What About Today by Barbra Streisand
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  "That's a Fine Kind o' Freedom (Harold Arlen, music; Martin Charnin, lyric - 1965) Barbra Streisand  "fast vamp-and-blues style, reverts to the style of Bloomer Girl, 1944, with Harburg...a bit pallid""
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Life's A Dance, The Songs of Harold Arlen
17.  Life's A Dance, The Songs of Harold Arlen by Del-Louise Moyer
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  "I Could Be Good for You (Harold Arlen, music; Martin Charnin, lyric - 1964) Del-Louise Moyer  "a strong tune and a Broadway-jazz rhythm""
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The Many Moods Of Tony
18.  The Many Moods Of Tony by Tony Bennett
The list author says:
  "So Long, Big Time (Harold Arlen, music; Dory Langdon, lyric - 1963) Tony Bennett  "perhaps the best of the published late songs...signature-style Arlen, and it has a good faster-tempo interlude""
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Judy Garland: Collectors' Gems From The M-G-M Films - Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology
19.  Judy Garland: Collectors' Gems From The M-G-M Films - Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology by Judy Garland
The list author says:
  "Love of My Life (Cole Porter, music and lyric - from The Pirate, film, 1948) Judy Garland  "has the Porter melodic sweep, the soft rumbalike underlying rhythm, the big climax and superromantic words""
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Out Of This World (1995 New York Revival Cast)
20.  Out Of This World (1995 New York Revival Cast) by Marin Mazzie
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  "1) No Lover (from Out of This World, 1950) Marin Mazzie  "opening strain...set in a big portamento that sounds like a moment of sexual bliss, and a release whose last phrase repeats the effect" 2) You Don't Remind Me (cut from Out of This World, 1950) Ken Page  "words are...direct and attractive...song has a fine close" (both Cole Porter, music and lyrics)"
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Easy to Love: Songs of Cole Porter
21.  Easy to Love: Songs of Cole Porter by Susannah McCorkle
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  "Why Don't We Try Staying Home? (Cole Porter, music and lyric - cut from Fifty Million Frenchmen, 1929; copyright 1966) Susannah McCorkle  "keeps the melodic line very simple, the rhythm very regular: the words are in the spotlight...chorus is elegant, but the verse...is a marvel...a dream of a Porter song - but it was written decades earlier""
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Close: Steve Ross & Cole Porter
22.  Close: Steve Ross & Cole Porter by Steve Ross
The list author says:
  "Can-Can (Cole Porter, music and lyric - from Can-Can, 1953) Steve Ross  "quite persuasive: the off-beat 'can-can' is perfect, and the brilliant compound rhymes...are mighty satisfying, even when you know it's easy with a rhyming dictionary""
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Silk Stockings (1957 Film Soundtrack)
23.  Silk Stockings (1957 Film Soundtrack) by Cole Porter
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  "Stereophonic Sound (Cole Porter, music and lyric - from Silk Stockings, 1955) Fred Astaire and Janis Paige  "a hilarious 'big number'""
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We Must Believe In Magic / When I Dream (2-CD)
24.  We Must Believe In Magic / When I Dream (2-CD) by Crystal Gayle
The list author says:
  "It's All Right with Me (Cole Porter, music and lyric - from Can-Can, 1953) Crystal Gayle  "accomplished and has a characteristic sinuous melodic line; but...just smutty""
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Cole Porter Revisited, Vol. 4 (IV)
25.  Cole Porter Revisited, Vol. 4 (IV) by Various Artists
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  "High-Flyin' Wings on My Shoes (Cole Porter, music and lyric - cut from Les Girls, film, 1957) Arthur Siegel  "one of Porter's good dance-rhythm songs, though the lyrics are tired""
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Barbra Streisand Album
26.  Barbra Streisand Album by Barbra Streisand
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  "Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking (Cole Porter, music and lyric - from Aladdin, TV, 1958) Barbra Streisand  "a bizarrely funny song - Porter must have been on some great medication or thinking of Beatrice Lillie when he wrote this one""
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Selections from Hans Christian Andersen & Other Fa
27.  Selections from Hans Christian Andersen & Other Fa by Danny Kaye
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  "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing (Irving Berlin, music and lyric - from White Christmas, film, 1953) Danny Kaye  "a honey of a song...opens with a leisurely version of a Charleston rhythmic figure...already the song is in motion...the bridge is also a winner""
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Essential Rosemary Clooney
28.  Essential Rosemary Clooney by Rosemary Clooney
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  "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me (Irving Berlin, music and lyric - from White Christmas, film, 1953) Rosemary Clooney  "conventional but ineffably charming, probably because of the lavish use of slow triplets to set relaxed, conversational words""
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Miss Liberty (1949 Original Broadway Cast)
29.  Miss Liberty (1949 Original Broadway Cast) by Allyn McLerie, Mary McCarty, Original Broadway Cast Eddie Albert
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  "Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun (Irving Berlin, music and lyric - from Miss Liberty, 1949) Mary McCarty  "a winner, owing to the intricate rhythmic elan with which Berlin treats an unusual take on romance""
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