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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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David Nelson : The Wizard of Oz : Solo : Songbook : Harold Arlen : 029156072730  : 00-TSF0038

David Nelson : The Wizard of Oz

Review: With the film's original 50th anniversary artwork on the cover, this fantastic folio is a real collector's item. Includes: Over the Rainbow * Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead * We're Off to See the Wizard * If I Only Had a Brain * Optimistic Voices * If I Were King of the Forest * The Merry Old Land of Oz * Munchkinland and more.

Songlist: Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (from "The Wizard of Oz"), If I Only Had a Brain (from "The Wizard of Oz"), If I Were King of the Forest (from "The Wizard of Oz"), Jitterbug, Lullaby League and Lollipop Guild (from "The Wizard of Oz"), Munchkin Land, (You're Out of the Woods) Optimistic Voices (from "The Wizard of Oz"), Over the Rainbow (from "The Wizard of Oz"), The Merry Old Land of Oz (from "The Wizard of Oz"), We're Off to See the Wizard (from "The Wizard of Oz")

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Harold Arlen : The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Deluxe Songbook (Vocal Selections) : Solo : Songbook : Harold Arlen : 038081356495  : 00-32755

Harold Arlen : The Wizard of Oz: 70th Anniversary Deluxe Songbook (Vocal Selections)

Review: This book features all of the classic songs by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen. Also included are the never-before published "character themes" by Academy-Awardae winning composer Herbert Stothart, the complete "Munchkinland Musical Sequence," and the song "The Jitterbug," which was cut from the original film. Utilizing rare M-G-M studio manuscripts and the original motion picture soundtrack, each song is presented in its original key. As a bonus, this unique collector's item includes two songs from the 1903 Broadway musical production of The Wizard of Oz, with lyrics by original Oz author L. Frank Baum. These songs have not been published in over a century. The songbook also contains dozens of original production stills and publicity photos, an essay on the story behind the songs and score, and biographies of the composers.

Songlist: If I Were King of the Forest, If I Only Had a Brain, We're Off to See the Wizard, The Merry Old Land of Oz, Over the Rainbow, Lullaby League and Lollipop Guild, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, (You're Out of the Woods) Optimistic Voices, Lullaby League

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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, and more.

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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 PositiveSteve ZegreeHarold Arlen / Johnny MercerAc-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositiveSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositivePaula Foley TillenHarold Arlen / Johnny MercerAc-Cent-Tchu-Ate The PositiveSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILS 
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the PositiveJoy HirokawaHarold Arlen / Johnny MercerAc-cent-tchu-ate the PositiveSheet Music (SA)MORE DETAILS 
Already HomeJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Already HomeSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Already HomeJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Already HomeSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
Already HomeJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Already HomeSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
Already HomeJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Already HomeSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
Blues In the NightJohnny DankworthJohnny Mercer / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerChanticleerPortrait 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Come On, Get Happy!Kirby ShawHarold Arlen / Ted KoehlerCome On, Get Happy!Sheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Come On, Get Happy!Kirby ShawHarold Arlen / Ted KoehlerCome On, Get Happy!Sheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineHarold Arlen / Johnny Mercer / Johnny MercerWomen's Chorus of DallasIn The Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Come Rain or Come ShineMac HuffHarold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineMac HuffHarold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineJay AlthouseHarold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineJay AlthouseHarold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
Come Rain or Come ShineJay AlthouseHarold ArlenCome Rain or Come ShineSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
Get HappyMac HuffHarold Arlen / Ted KoehlerGet HappySheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Get HappyMac HuffHarold Arlen / Ted KoehlerGet HappySheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
I Love a ParadeAudrey SnyderHarold ArlenI Love a ParadeSheet Music (3-Part)MORE 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 Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
I've Got the World on a StringPaul LangfordHarold ArlenI've Got the World on a StringSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
If I Only Had A Brain Fred SturmHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Various ArrangersMusicalsSheet Music (SSATBB)MORE DETAILS 
If I Only Had a BrainSally K. AlbrechtHarold Arlen / E.Y. HarburgIf I Only Had a BrainSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILSYes
It's Only A Paper MoonHarold ArlenVarious ArrangersSing in the Barbershop Quartet - Popular SongsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
It's Only a Paper MoonKirby ShawHarold ArlenIt's Only a Paper MoonSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
It's Only a Paper MoonKirby ShawHarold ArlenIt's Only a Paper MoonSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILS 
It's Only a Paper MoonSteve ZegreeHarold ArlenIt's Only a Paper MoonSheet Music (2-Part)MORE DETAILS 
JitterbugJacob NarverudHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.JitterbugSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
JitterbugJacob NarverudHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.JitterbugSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
JitterbugJacob NarverudHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.JitterbugSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
Last Night When We Were YoungClare FischerHarold ArlenGold CompanyWhile We're Young 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Last Night When We Were YoungParis RutherfordHarold Arlen / Yip HarburgVarious ArrangersStandards 3Sheet Music (SATBB)MORE DETAILS 
Lydia, the Tattooed LadyJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / Yip HarburgLydia, the Tattooed LadySheet Music (TTBB)MORE DETAILSYes
Lydia, the Tattooed LadyJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / Yip HarburgLydia, the Tattooed LadySheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Lydia, the Tattooed LadyJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / Yip HarburgLydia, the Tattooed LadySheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
Lydia, the Tattooed LadyJay AlthouseHarold Arlen / Yip HarburgLydia, the Tattooed LadySheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
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 RainbowKirk MarcyHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Various ArrangersMusicalsSheet Music (SSATBB)MORE DETAILS 
Over The RainbowRobert ZwirnHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Various ArrangersMen's Vocal Jazz Standards 1Sheet Music (TTBB)MORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowRussell RobinsonHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Various ArrangersClassic Pop HitsSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowRandall ReeseHarold ArlenSpivey Hall Children's ChoirHomeland 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowAndy BeckHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Various ArrangersClassic BalladsSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Over the RainbowMac HuffHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Over the RainbowSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Over the RainbowMac HuffHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Over the RainbowSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
Over the RainbowMac HuffHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Over the RainbowSheet Music (SSA)MORE DETAILSYes
Over the RainbowMark HayesHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Over the RainbowSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILSYes
Over the RainbowMark HayesHarold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg.Over the RainbowSheet Music (SAB)MORE DETAILSYes
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