Warren, Harry: selected hits and standards, 1928-1946

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1928

Nagasaki (Harry Warren, Mort Dixon)

1931

I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store) – (m. Harry Warren, w. Mort Dixon, Billy Rose)

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Selected film songs, 1933-1946:

Music by Harry Warren, words by Al Dubin

1933

42nd Street (film)

  • You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me
  • Shuffle Off to Buffalo
  • Young and Healthy
  • 42nd Street

Gold Diggers of 1933

  • The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)
  • Shadow Waltz

Footlight Parade

  • Honeymoon Hotel
  • Shanghai Lil

Moulin Rouge (1934) – songs published and recorded in 1933

  • The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • Coffee in the Morning and Kisses in the Night
  • Song of Surrender

1934

Dames

Twenty Million Sweethearts

  • Out For No Good
  • Oh, I Heard, Yes I Heard

1937

Melody for Two 

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Music by Warren, Words by Johnny Mercer

(see also Johnny Mercer, part 1: selected hits and standards 1930-39)

1938

Going Places

  • Say It With a Kiss
  • Jeepers Creepers

Hard to Get

  • You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby

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Words by Johnny Mercer and Al Dubin

1938

Garden of the Moon 

  • Love is Where You Find It 

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Music by Harry Warren, Words by Mack Gordon

1941

Sun Valley Serenade

1942 

Iceland

Orchestra Wives

1945

Diamond Horseshoe

Other Warren compositions with lyrics by Mack Gordon

  • I Had the Craziest Dream (1942) (external link) film: Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
  • My Heart Tells Me (Should I Believe My Heart?) (1943) – film: My Heart Tells Me (1944)
  • You’ll Never Know (1943) -film: Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
  • This Is Always (1946) (external link) – film: Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)

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Biographies:

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1928

Nagasaki (Harry Warren, Mort Dixon)

Don Redman and His Orchestra – recorded 6 October 1932, arrangement: Don Redman and Horace Henderson

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Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra, vocal: Henry “Red” Allen — recorded on 22 September 1933, in New York City (Columbia 2825-D)

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Quintette du Hot Club de France — Stephane Grappelly (violin), Django Reinhardt (guitar solo), Joseph Reinhardt, Pierre Ferret (guitar), Louis Vola (double-bass) replaces Lucien Simoens, vocal by Freddy Taylor, recorded 15 October 1936, Paris

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1931

I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store) – (m. Harry Warren, w. Mort Dixon, Billy Rose)

Wikipedia says:

It was introduced in the Broadway musical Billy Rose’s Crazy Quilt, which opened in May, 1931, where it was sung by Fanny Brice.[1] Many versions of the song were recorded in 1931. The biggest hit was by Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians, with a vocal by Clare Hanlon, released by Victor Records as catalog number 22107.[1][2] The next-most-popular version[2] was by Bing Crosby, released by Brunswick Records as catalog number 6128[1] and a version recorded by the Boswell Sisters and Victor Young’s Orchestra also had some popularity.[1][2]

Waring’s Pennsylvanians — recorded in New York, NY, 4 May 1931 , and issued on Victor 22707, according to the Discography of American Historical Recordings, which also notes that the disc label states “vocal refrain by Clare Hanlon and The Three Waring Girls and Chorus.”

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Frank Auburn & his Orchestra – date unknown

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Bing Crosby – recorded in Los Angeles, 12 June 1931

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FILM SONGS



(For the three 1933 musical films, the movie titles but not the song titles are links to feature pages)

Music by Harry Warren, words by Al Dubin

1933

42nd Street (film)

  • You’re Getting to be a Habit with Me
  • Shuffle Off to Buffalo
  • Young and Healthy
  • 42nd Street

Gold Diggers of 1933

  • The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)
  • Shadow Waltz

Footlight Parade

  • Honeymoon Hotel
  • Shanghai Lil

Moulin Rouge

  • The Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Published and recorded in 1933
  • Coffee in the Morning and Kisses in the Night –  Published in 1933; recordings that year by The Boswell Sisters with The Dorsey Brothers, and Jack Payne and his Orchestra
  • Song of Surrender – Published and recorded in 1933 – Boswell Sisters

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Ted Weems and his Orchestra, vocal: Elmo Tanner, 1933

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Constance Bennett and chorus in Moulin Rouge (1934)

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Coffee in the Morning and Kisses in the Night

Boswell Sisters with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra – recorded 14 November 1933 —  Manny Klein (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Larry Binyon (fl, ts), Fulton McGrath or Martha Boswell (p), Dick McDonough (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), New York City

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Jack Payne and his Orchestra, vocal: Jack Payne – recorded February 1934

1934

I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – was introduced in the film Dames (1934). The song plays frequently as background music through the film; but there are two scenes in which it is featured. First it is sung by Dick Powell to Ruby Keeler during a ferry trip when he has a desire to tell her how he feels about her. The second instance is a big production number choreographed by Busby Berkeley, sung by Powell, Keeler (says IMDb — the clip I have may be incomplete; though she is seen singing as a member of the dancing-chorus) and chorus.

Dick Powell – in Dames (1934)

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Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell during the main I Only Have Eyes for You number in Dames


Twenty Million Sweethearts

Out For No Good – The song was introduced by Ginger Rogers and performed in this phenomenal reprise by Dick Powell and the Mills Brothers

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Oh, I Heard, Yes I Heard

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1937

Melody for Two

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Music by Warren, Words by Johnny Mercer

1938

Going Places

Say It With a Kiss

Teddie Wilson & his Orchestra, vocal: Billie Holiday, New York, 9 November 1938 — Harry James, t / Benny Morton, tb / Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter, as / Lester Young, Herschel Evans, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Albert Casey, g / Walter Page, sb / Joe Jones, d / Billie Holiday, v.

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Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer) was written for the film Going Places in which Louis Armstrong sings and plays the song on trumpet. Recordings by Armstrong, Al Donohue, and Larry Clinton were hits in 1938 and 1939.

Louis Armstrong in Going Places (1938)

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Paul Whiteman and his Swing Wing & The Modernaires – 1938

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Artie Shaw-39-vitaphoneshort-feb-1939

Artie Shaw and his Orchestra, vocal by Tony Pastor — from the short film Symphony of Swing (1939). Picture quality is low.

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You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (m. Harry Warren,w. Johnny Mercer) was published in 1938 and “featured in the movie Hard to Get, released November 1938, where it was sung by Dick Powell.” [1] Wikipedia

Tommy Dorsey and his Clambake Seven, vocal: Edythe Wright – 1938

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Frank Sinatra – 1949 (?). The Frank Sinatra discography at Blue-Eyes.com does not have a recording of this song listed.

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Words by Johnny Mercer and Al Dubin

1938

Garden of the Moon

Love is Where You Find It  (m. Harry Warren, w. Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer) from the 1938 film Garden of the Moon. An instrumental version was used in the soundtrack of Hard to Get By (1938).

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Music by Harry Warren, Words by Mack Gordon

1941 – Sun Valley Serenade –  Chattanooga Choo Choo

1942  – Iceland – There Will Never Be Another You

1942  – Orchestra Wives

1945  – Diamond Horseshoe

Others with lyrics by Mack Gordon

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Academy Award nominations and winners

Winners
Nominations

#1 hits (list from Wikipedia)

I’ll Sing You a Thousand Love Songs (m. Harry Warren, wl Al Dubin) – 1936

Teddy Stauffer mit seinen Original-Teddies – 1937

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Remember Me (Harry Warren, Al Dubin) – 1937

Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly 1937

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. BARRY PORTER
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 02:57:02

    I THINK THIS MAN WAS A MARVEL AND THE GREATEST COMPOSER OF ALL TIME ….AND THE WORLD WILL MISS HIM FOREVER!

    Reply

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