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Harold Arlen

Harold Arlen

Born: 1905 Died: 1986

Harold Arlen was an American composer of popular music, having written over 500 songs, a number of which have become known worldwide. In addition to composing the songs for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg), including the classic "Over the Rainbow", Arlen is a highly regarded contributor to the Great American Songbook. "Over the Rainbow" was voted the twentieth century's No. 1 song by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Arlen was born Hyman Arluck, in Buffalo, New York, United States, the child of a Jewish cantor. His twin brother died the next day. He learned the piano as a youth and formed a band as a young man. He achieved some local success as a pianist and singer and moved to New York City in his early 20s. He worked as an accompanist in vaudeville. At this point, he changed his name to Harold Arlen. Between 1926 and about 1934, Arlen appeared occasionally as a band vocalist on records by The Buffalodians, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Leo Reisman and Eddie Duchin, usually singing his own compositions.

In 1929, Arlen composed his first well-known song: "Get Happy" (with lyrics by Ted Koehler). Throughout the early and mid-1930s, Arlen and Koehler wrote shows for the Cotton Club, a popular Harlem night club, as well as for Broadway musicals and Hollywood films. Arlen and Koehler's partnership resulted in a number of hit songs, including the familiar standards "Let's Fall in Love" and "Stormy Weather". Arlen continued to perform as a pianist and vocalist with some success, most notably on records with Leo Reisman's society dance orchestra.

Arlen's compositions have always been popular with jazz musicians because of his facility at incorporating a blues feeling into the idiom of the conventional American popular song.

In the mid-1930s, Arlen married, and spent increasing time in California, writing for movie musicals. It was at this time that he began working with lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. In 1938, the team was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to compose songs for The Wizard of Oz. The most famous of these is the song "Over the Rainbow" for which they won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song. They also wrote "Down with Love" (featured in the 1937 Broadway show Hooray for What!), "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" for Groucho Marx in At the Circus in 1939, and "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe" for Ethel Waters in the 1943 movie Cabin in the Sky.

In the 1940s, he teamed up with lyricist Johnny Mercer, and continued to write hit songs like "Blues in the Night", "Out of this World", "That Old Black Magic", "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive", "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home", "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)".

Arlen composed two defining tunes which bookend Judy Garland's musical persona: as a yearning, innocent girl in "Over the Rainbow" and a world-weary, "chic chanteuse" with "The Man That Got Away", the latter written for the 1954 version of the film A Star Is Born.

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Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Harold Arlen : Solo : Songbook & CD : Harold Arlen : 888680033552 : 1941566030 : 00138894

Professional Tracks for Serious Singers : Sing the Songs of Harold Arlen

Review: Ten terrific Arlen tunes are presented in this package which is designed to provide the at-home singer with an actual professional setting. The CD features orchestral interludes and instrumental solos typical of a live club performance, retaining the natural performance flow of an actual performance with an accompanying rhythm section or orchestra. Includes the songs: I've Got the World on a String - Down with Love - As Long As I Live - Stormy Weather - I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues - The Blues in the Night - Out of This World - Come Rain or Come Shine - My Shining Hour - Hooray for Love.

Songlist: I've Got the World on a String, Down with Love, As Long As I Live , Stormy Weather, I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues, Blues in the Night, Out of This World, Come Rain or Come Shine, My Shining Hour, Hooray for Love

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Harold Arlen : The Harold Arlen Songbook : Solo : 01 Songbook : Harold Arlen : 073999590807 : 0881884251 : 00359080

Harold Arlen : The Harold Arlen Songbook

Review: A must-own collection of 76 songs of Harold Arlen. Includes his major works and some previously unpublished titles. Highlights include: Come Rain or Come Shine - Get Happy - Let's Fall in Love - The Man That Got Away - Over the Rainbow - Stormy Weather - and more!

Songlist: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive, Lullaby, Ain't It De Truth, God's Country, Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, As Long As I Live, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Out Of This World, Blues In The Night, Buds Won't Bud, My Shining Hour, Right As Rain, Cocoanut Sweet, Come Rain Or Come Shine, Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead, Dissertation On The State Of Bliss (Love And Learn), Don't Like Goodbyes, Down With Love, The Eagle And Me, The Morning After, Get Happy, Evelina, Fancy Meeting You, For Every Man There's A Woman, Fun To Be Fooled, Goose Will Never Be Peacock, Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe, Happy As The Day Is Long, Happy With The Blues, Hit The Road To Dreamland, Hooray For Love, House Of Flowers, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, I Had A Love Once, I Had Myself A True Love, I Never Has Seen Snow, I Wonder What Became Of Me, I've Got The World On A String, If I Only Had A Brain, Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good), In The Shade Of The New Apple Tree, It Was Written In The Stars, It's Only A Paper Moon, Last Night When We Were Young, Let's Fall In Love, Lets Take Long Way Home, Let's Take A Walk Around The Block, Life's Full Of Consequence, Like A Straw In The Wind, Little Drops Of Rain, The Man That Got Away, Moanin' In The Mornin', Money Cat, One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), Over The Rainbow, Paris Is A Lonely Town, Promise Me Not To Love Me, Push De Button, Satan's Li'l Lamb, The Silent Spring, A Sleepin' Bee, So Long, Big Time!, Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time), That Old Black Magic, That's A Kind Of Freedom, There's Sweet Wind Blowin, This Time The Dream's On Me, Today, I Love Everybody, The Wail Of The Reefer Man, What's Good About Goodbye?, When The Sun Comes Out, When The Wind Blows South, Who Will It Be When The Time Comes?, With The Sun Warm Upon Me, Woman's Prerogative, You're The Cure For What Ails Me

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(It's Only A) Paper MoonE. Y. Harburg / Billy Rose / Harold ArlenFour FreshmenDay By Day 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositivePaula Foley TillenJohnny Mercer / Harold ArlenAc-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositiveSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the PositiveJoy HirokawaHarold ArlenAc-cent-tchu-ate the PositiveSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Blues In the NightJohnny DankworthJohnny Mercer / Harold ArlenChanticleerPortrait 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Come On, Get Happy!Kirby ShawHarold ArlenCome On, Get Happy!Sheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Come On, Get Happy!Kirby ShawHarold ArlenCome On, Get Happy!Sheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineHarold Arlen / Johnny MercerWomen's Chorus of DallasIn The Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Come Rain or Come ShineMac HuffJohnny Mercer / Harold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineMac HuffJohnny Mercer / Harold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Get HappyMac HuffHarold ArlenGet HappySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Get HappyMac HuffHarold ArlenGet HappySheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Get Happy: Celebrating the Music of Harold ArlenEd LojeskiHarold ArlenGet Happy: Celebrating the Music of Harold ArlenSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Get Happy: Celebrating the Music of Harold ArlenEd LojeskiHarold ArlenGet Happy: Celebrating the Music of Harold ArlenSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
I Love a ParadeAudrey SnyderHarold ArlenI Love a ParadeSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
I've Got the World on a StringSteve RawlinsHarold ArlenVarious ArrangersJazz Tracks for Singers - Men's EditionSongbookMORE DETAILS 
I've Got the World on a StringSteve ZegreeHarold ArlenI've Got the World on a StringSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
I've Got the World on a StringPaul LangfordHarold ArlenI've Got the World on a StringSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
If I Only Had a Brain (from The Wizard of Oz)Sally K. AlbrechtHarold ArlenIf I Only Had a Brain (from The Wizard of Oz)Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
It's Only a Paper MoonKirby ShawHarold ArlenIt's Only a Paper MoonSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
It's Only a Paper MoonKirby ShawHarold ArlenIt's Only a Paper MoonSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
It's Only a Paper MoonSteve ZegreeHarold ArlenIt's Only a Paper MoonSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Last Night When We Were YoungClare FischerHarold ArlenGold CompanyWhile We're Young 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Last Night When We Were YoungParis RutherfordHarold ArlenVarious ArrangersStandards 3Sheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Out of This WorldHarold Arlen ChanticleerOut Of This World 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Out of This WorldSteve BarnettHarold ArlenChanticleerChanticleer Takes You Out Of This World 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowRussell RobinsonHarold ArlenVarious ArrangersClassic Pop HitsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowRandall ReeseHarold ArlenSpivey Hall Children's ChoirHomeland 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowAndy BeckHarold ArlenVarious ArrangersClassic BalladsSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowMac HuffHarold ArlenOver the RainbowSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Over the RainbowMac HuffHarold ArlenOver the RainbowSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Over the RainbowMac HuffHarold ArlenOver the RainbowSheet MusicMORE DETAILSYes
Over the Rainbow (Harold ArlenTucson Arizona Boys ChorusInspiration 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Somewhere Over the RainbowAnnabelle Cruz / Eva CassidyHarold Arlen / E.Y. HarburgVoenaA Cappella America 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Stormy WeatherDaryl RunswickHarold ArlenKing's SingersA Tribute To The Comedian Harmonists 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Stormy WeatherEd LejeskiHarold Arlen / Ted KoehlerWomen's Chorus of DallasIn The Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Stormy WeatherEd LojeskiHarold ArlenStormy WeatherSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
Stormy WeatherKirby ShawHarold ArlenStormy WeatherSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
That Old Black MagicSteve ZegreeJohnny Mercer / Harold ArlenThat Old Black MagicSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 
That Old Black MagicKirby ShawJohnny Mercer / Harold ArlenThat Old Black MagicSheet MusicMORE DETAILS 


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