Legends & Songwriters In Concert 1941 (2-CD)
by Various Artists
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 16, 1998
- Label: Original Cast Record
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Edward Arnold Introduces Gene Buck
- 2.Albert Von TilzerTake Me Out To The Ballgame
- 3.Arthur SchwartzDancing In The Dark
- 4.Mary MartinMy Heart Belongs To Daddy
- 5.Margaret WhitingThe Japanese Sandman / One Hour With You / Till We Meet Again
- 6.LeeWating For The Robert E
- 7.Frances LangfordMy Buddy
- 8.Al PiantadosiThe Curse Of An Aching Heart
- 9.Judy GarlandOver The Rainbow
- 10.Judy GarlandIt's A Great Day For The Irish
- 11.Jimmy MonacoYou Made Me Love You
- 12.Jimmy MonacoSix Lessons From Madame LaZong
- 13.Shelton BrooksSome Of These Days
- 14.Shelton BrooksThe Darktown Strutters' Ball
- 15.Shelton BrooksNobody
- 16.Medley: Shuffle Off To Buffalo / Time On My Hands / I Found A Million Dollar Baby
- 17.Alfred NewmanThe Moon Of Manakoora
- 18.Rudolf FrimlIndian Love Call
- 19.Rudolf FrimlThe Donkey Serenade
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Ralph Rainger & Leo RobinLove In Bloom
- 3.Ralph Rainger & Leo RobinIda! Sweet As Apple Cider
- 4.Bob HopeBob Hope
- 5.Bob HopeThanks For The Memory
- 6.Bob HopeThanks For The Memory
- 7.Bob HopeFinal Words
- 8.Arthur FreedSingin' In The Rain
- 9.Dinah ShoreI Can't Give You Anything But Love
- 10.Dinah ShoreSouth American Way
- 11.Jerome KernSmoke Gets In Your Eyes
- 12.Tony MartinAll The Things You Are
- 13.Tony MartinThe Last Time I Saw Paris
- 14.Hoagy CarmichaelStar Dust
- 15.Hoagy CarmichaelLazybones
- 16.Eddie CantorEddie Cantor
- 17.Eddie CantorMakin' Whoopee
- 18.Eddie CantorSchool Days
- 19.Eddie CantorMedley: My Mother Would Love You / Margie / If You Knew Susie
- 20.Sigmund RombergMedley: Song Of Love / Desert Song / When I Grow Too Old To Dream / Will You Remember?
- 21.Sigmund RombergLover, Come Back To Me
- 22.Three Little Words
- 23.Frank ChurchhillWhistle While you Work
- 24.Frank ChurchhillWho's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?
- 25.W.C. HandySt. Louis Blues
- 26.Tony MartinGod Bless America
Personnel: Jack Benny (violin); Cole Porter, Jimmy McHugh, Ralph Rainger, Walter Donaldson, Harold Arlen (piano).
Liner Note Author: Brian Gari.
Recording information: 02/25/1941.
On February 25, 1941, the Greek Relief Fund staged a benefit concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Greece had recently been invaded by Italy, and though the U.S. was still neutral in the Second World War, sympathy for the Allies was already running high. But the show served a second purpose, in addition to raising money for a good cause. ASCAP, which collects and distributes royalty income on songs, was locked in a dispute with the radio networks, and the organization had undertaken something of a public relations campaign. The previous fall, ASCAP had staged concerts in San Francisco and New York to mark its 25th anniversary at which many of its songwriters, who rarely performed their wares in public, turned up onstage along with some singing stars. The San Francisco shows were released as a four-CD set in 1997 as Carousel of American Music. The Greek relief benefit, here issued as a two-CD set, Legends & Songwriters in Concert 1941, repeated much of the same material by many of the same names. Happily, however, the much more movie-oriented Los Angeles concert added some much-needed Hollywood glitz (especially because the avuncular ASCAP president Gene Buck proved one of the least charismatic masters of ceremonies ever). It wasn't exactly slick, though, what with lyricist Joseph McCarthy adding an impromptu, and initially off-mike, vocal to "You Made Me Love You" (after which the whole tune was repeated) and Jimmy McHugh rattling Dinah Shore by changing the arrangement of "South American Way." But such gaffes merely confirmed the unusual nature of a show at which many of the performers, as Buck noted, had "never appeared in public" before. They, and the songs themselves, are the draw on a recording that works as a brief history of popular music in the first four decades of the 20th century. ~ William Ruhlmann
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