Benny Goodman in Hollywood Hotel (1937)

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Benny Goodman groups performed several songs in the 1937 film Hollywood Hotel including the following three.

Hooray For Hollywood (m. Richard A. Whiting, w. Johnny Mercer) was introduced in the film Hollywood Hotel. In a Busby Berkeley production, the song is sung by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford and various other cast members, with a studio chorus as well. The music is performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, who are shown arriving (with police escort) at the hotel, while playing the opening bars, with each band member standing in a separate chauffeured two-seater automobile.

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I’ve Got a Heartful of Music (Richard Whiting, Johnny Mercer) — performed by the Benny Goodman Quartet, which is composed of Goodman (clarinet), Teddy Wilson (piano), Lionel Hampton (vibraphone), and Gene Krupa (drums)

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Sing, Sing, Sing/I’ve Got a Heartful of Music montage:

Sing, Sing, Sing (Louis Prima) — Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, featuring solos by Gene Krupa, Harry James, and Goodman — The video also includes a better quality clip of “I’ve Got a Heartful of Music,” performed by the Benny Goodman Quartet: Benny Goodman (cl), Teddy Wilson (p), Lionel Hampton (vib), and Gene Krupa (d)

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Let That Be a Lesson to You (m. Richard A. Whiting, w. Johnny Mercer) is a Busby Berkeley production number in Hollywood Hotel. According to IMDB, the song is sung by Johnnie Davis, Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Mabel Todd,Ted Healy, Harrison Greene, Constantine Romanoff, and chorus, and performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. doc
    Mar 11, 2013 @ 10:13:48

    Hi Joe,
    Yes, You’re correct. They do play a full band version of Heartful of Music, but I must not have listened to the whole clip before because now I hear four songs. This page was created about two and a half years ago, and kind of slapped together pretty hastily by the looks. Anyway, in the video you refer to someone has evidently spliced three different sections of footage together. After the quartet bit, from about 2:08-2:55 there’s another song preceding Heartful of Music with the orchestra, or rather the two are played as a medley. I don’t know this song, though it sounds vaguely like S’Wonderful in parts. The last clip in the video (with especially poor picture quality) is of Sing, Sing, Sing. Maybe I can find some better clips from the film. — Regards, doc

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  2. doc
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 14:42:22

    I could very well be wrong. Goodmanology is not a forte of mine. Let’s see if I’ve got this right, now. You’re saying the order is

    0:00–2:07……….I Got a Heartful of Music, quartet version
    2:08–2:56……….I Got a Heartful of Music, orchestra (I still can’t hear the same melody in this song as in the first, but I’ll take your word for it. This is the section I left unidentified.)
    2:56–3:56……….Avalon, orchestra (You’re right. Although I don’t hear a hint of the Avalon melody, what they play here is similar to the tail end of a 1937 studio recording by the band. I’d misidentified this piece as Heartful of Music, due to the vibraphone intro I guess.)
    3:58–end ……….Sing, Sing, Sing, orchestra

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