Barry Manilow

Month: January 2020

Track 5: She Was Too Good To Me

NIGHT SONGS II Hotline One of my favorite songs on Night Songs II is “She Was Too Good To Me”. Written in 1930 by the great Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart for their musical “Simple Simon”, the song, like all of the standards on the album, still holds up. The song was dropped before the […]

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Track 4: I Had The Craziest Dream

‘I Had The Craziest Dream’ was introduced by Harry James and his orchestra, with vocals by Helen Forrest, in the film Springtime in the Rockies (1942). James and Forrest recorded the song for Columbia Records on July 23, 1942 and their recording topped the Billboard charts for 22 weeks! I’ve always loved this song because […]

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Track 2: I’m Old Fashioned

The music was written by the dean of popular music, Jerome Kern, with a lyric by the great Johnny Mercer. The song was introduced by Fred Astaire in the 1942 movie “You Were Never Lovelier” with Rita Hayworth. In the movie Hayworth’s character sings the song to Fred Astaire’s character, but her voice was dubbed […]

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Track 1: Everything Happens to Me

“Everything Happens To Me was written in 1940 by Matt Dennis and Tom Adair and was first performed by Sinatra when he was with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. It’s become a standard and has been recorded by everyone from Chet Baker to Ella Fitzgerald. It’s a about a guy having bad luck with his girlfriend. […]

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