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Saturday, March 01, 2014

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:

1934

Best Original SongFred Asatire - The Continental - The Astaire Story

 

1935

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

Nominations:

Fred Astaire - Lovely to Look At - The Astaire Story

Cyrille Aimee - Cheek to Cheek - Burstin' Out!

 

1936

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

Nominations:

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

 

1937

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

 

1938

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

 

1939

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

 

1940

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

 

1941

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

Nominations:

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

 

1942

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

Nominations: 

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

 

1943

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

Nominations: 

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

 

1944

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

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

 

1945

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

Nominations:

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

 

1946

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

 

1947

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

 

1948

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

 

1949

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

 

1950

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

 

1951

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

 

1952

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

 

1953

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

 

1954

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)

 

1955

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

 

1956

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

 

1957

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

 

1958

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

 

1959

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

 

1960

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

 

1961

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

 

1962

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

 

1963

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

 

1964

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

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

 

1965

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

 

1966

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

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

 

1968

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

 

1969

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

Nominations:

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

 

1973

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

 

1976

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

 

1979

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments [6]

Joanne Theodorou from NYC

"Moon River"....no matter who sings it.... and "Three Coins in a Fountain" with Sinatra, of course.
Classic, timeless.

Mar. 10 2014 01:02 AM
Max Weissengruber from Toronto

Although "The Man That Got Away" from "A Star Is Born" did not win in 1954, it is remarkable that Garland's powerful performance in the film was equally matched by Sinatra's recording which changed the gender reference to " The Gal That Got Away". These performances proved that losing at love is a gender-neutral experience. Alec Wilder, Harold Arlen's most enthusiastic supporter, wrote that the Sinatra recording " Is one I played all day long in a Sunday bar room in Toms River, New Jersey. The customers and the bartender were either dead or compassionate."
I saw the movie 5 times on one week . mainly for the music which had more great Arlen/Ira Gershwin songs beside the one that was nominated.

Mar. 04 2014 02:48 PM

If I have to pick just one, "The Way You Look Tonight" (Kern & Fields, 1936).

From recent years, "When She Loved Me" (Randy Newman, 1999), has always been a favorite. It was nominated, but didn't win. Randy Newman has written a number of songs that belong in The Great American Songbook.

Mar. 01 2014 01:41 PM
JOE ROBINSON from LAKEWOOD, NJ

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS FROM THE FILM LADY BE GOOD. RECORDED BY MANY BUT MY FAVORITE RENDITION IS THE ONE SUNG BY ANN SOTHERN

Feb. 27 2014 11:06 PM
Tanya Knoll from Staten Island,NY

Many songs stand out.Singing In the Rain was one of them.

Feb. 27 2014 06:53 PM
Magee from NYC

Too many great ones.
Impossible !!!

Let me chew on it.

Feb. 26 2014 12:33 AM

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