Movie Music from The Golden Age

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Join us on on Saturday March 1st, from 4 to 8PM ET, as we explore the Oscar winning songs (and noteworthy nominations) from the Golden Age of Hollywood, hosted by WQXR's Annie Bergen

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the awards honored the best films of 1927 and 1928, becoming a unifying force within the five branches of the film industry: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. In 1934, the Academy included music, introducing the categories of Best Original Song and Best Original Score

This Saturday, we take a look at the early days of The Academy Awards, from 1934 to 1979. We'll play our favorite Best Original Songs, plus noteworthy runners-up. 

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Movie Music Playlist:


Best Original SongFred Asatire - The Continental - The Astaire Story



Best Original Song - Ella Fitzgerald - Lullaby of Broadway - Sings Sweet Songs for Broadway


Fred Astaire - Lovely to Look At - The Astaire Story

Cyrille Aimee - Cheek to Cheek - Burstin' Out!



Best Original Song - Fred Astaire - The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers at 1


Billie Holiday - Did I Remember? - Billie Holiday Love Songs 2

Bing Crosby - Pennies from Heaven - The Best of Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra - I've Got You Under My Skin - Songs for Swingin' Lovers



Best Original Song - Bing Crosby - Sweet Leilani - Bing His Legendary Years 1931 to 1957

Nominee - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - They Can't Take That Away From Me - Ella And Louis



Best Original Song - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross - Thanks For The Memory - Thanks For the Memory-Great Songs by Lyricist Leo Robin



Best Original Song - Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow - American Songbook Series Harold Arlen



Best Original Song - Cliff Edwards - When You Wish Upon a Star - Walt Disney's Pinocchio



Best Original Song - Ann Sothern - The Last Time I Saw Paris - Hollywood's Best:The Forties


Frank Sinatra - Blues In The Night - Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely

Barbara Cook - Baby Mine - The Disney Album

Glenn Miller - Chattanooga Choo-Choo - Greatest Hits



Best Original Song - Bing Crosby - White Christmas - American Songbook Series Irving Berlin


Margaret Whiting - Dearly Beloved - Sings The Jerome Kern Songbook

Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney - How About You? - That's Entertainment!

Frank Sinatra - I've Heard That Song Before - Come Swing With Me



Best Original Song - Glenn Miller - I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - Greatest Hits


Nancy LaMott - You'll Never Know - Ask Me Again

Harold Arlen - My Shining Hour - Harold Arlen Rediscovered

Tony DeSare - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Last First Kiss

Peggy Lee - Happiness is a Thing Called Joe - The Man I Love

Frank Sinatra - That Old Black Magic - Come Swing With Me

Bette Davis - They're Either Too Young Or Too Old Hollywood's Best:The Forties



Best Original Song - Bing Crosby - Swinging On A Star - The Best of Bing Crosby

Nominee - Beverly Kenney - The Trolley Song - Come Swing With Me



Best Original Song - Nancy LaMott - It Might As Well Be Spring - Beautiful Baby


Frank Sinatra - Long Ago And Far Away - Sentimental Journey: Hits From The Second World War

Bing Crosby - Accentuate The Positive - Bing: His Legendary Years 1931-1957

Joe Williams - Aren't You Glad You're You - Together/Have a Good Time



Best Original Song - Judy Garland - On The Atchison, Topeka & The Santa Fe Great American Songwriters, Vol 2: Johnny Mercer



Best Original Song - Johnny Mercer - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Capitol Sings the Best Movie Songs

Nomination -  Bing Crosby - A Gal in Calico - Dancing In The Dark: The Songs of Arthur Schwartz



Best Original Song - Bob Hope - Buttons and Bows - Capital Sings the Best Movie Songs



Best Original Song - Nancy LaMott & Michael Feinstein - Baby It's Cold Outside - Just In Time For Christmas



Best Original Song - Nat King Cole - Mona Lisa - The World of Nat King Cole



Best Original Song - Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman - In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening - The Best of Bing Crosby



Best Original Song - Sharon Paige - High Noon - Love Is The Thing



Best Original Song - Doris Day - Secret Love - The Academy Awards Collection (1943-1958)



Best Original Song - Frank Sinatra - Three Coins in the Fountain - The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Nomination - Judy Garland - The Man that Got Away - Sentimental Journey:Pop Vocal Classics, Vol 4 (1954-1959)



Best Original Song - Frank Sinatra - Love is a Many Splendored Thing - The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings



Best Original Song - Doris Day - Whatever Will Be, Will Be - Sentimental Journey:Pop Vocal Classics, Vol 4 (1954-1959)

Nomianation - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly - True Love - You're Sensational:Cole Porter in the '20's, '40's, & '50's



Best Original Song - Frank Sinatra - All the Way - The Complete Capitol Singles Collection



Best Original Song Vic Damone - Gigi - 16 Most Requested Songs



Best Original Song - Frank Sinatra & Eddie Hodges - High Hopes - Frank Sinatra in Hollywood



Best Original Song - Arthur Fiedler - Never on Sunday - Motion Picture Classics Volume 2



Best Original SongAudrey Hepburn - Moon River - Music From the Films of Audrey Hepburn



Best Original Song - Tony Bennett & Bill Evans - Days of Wine And Roses - The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album



Best Original SongFrank Sinatra - Call Me Irresponsible - Nothing But The Best

Nomination - Steve Lawrence - More - Sings of Love and Sad Young Men/Portrait of Steve



Best Original Song - Arthur Fiedler - Chim-Chim Cheree - Motion Picture Classics Volume 2

Nomination - Frank Sinatra - My Kind Of Town - Frank Sinatra in Hollywood



Best Original Song - Tony Bennett - The Shadow Of Your Smile - Forty Years: The Artisty of Tony Bennett, Vol.3



Best Original Song - Frank Sinatra - Born Free - The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

Nomination - Barbra Streisand - A Time For Love - Love is the Answer



Best Original Song - Maureen McGovern - The Windmills of Your Mind - The Music Never Ends



Best Original Song - BJ Thomas - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - The Academy Awards Collection (1982-2003)


Frank Sinatra - Star! - Sinatra Sings the Songs of Van Heusen and Cahn

Frank Sinatra - What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life - The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings



Best Original Song - Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were - The Way We Were Original Soundtrack Recording



Best Original SongBarbra Streisand - Evergreen - The Academy Awards Collection (1982-2003)



Best Original Song - Jennifer Warnes - It Goes Like it Goes - Best of Jennifer Warnes