Remembering Harold Arlen

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On February 15, The Jonathan Channel celebrates the birthday of Harold Arlen. A cantor’s son from Buffalo, NY, Arlen is best known for composing the music to The Wizard of Oz. Forever billed as “the composer of Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen wrote some of the greatest melodies in what is considered the American Songbook.

"Get Happy," "Stormy Weather," "Blues In The Night," "One For My Baby," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Let's Fall In Love," "Come Rain Or Some Shine," 

"That Old Black Magic" "The Man That Got Away,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “My Shining Hour” and many more.

For over four decades he infused his music with complex melodies and a blues sensibility that has made his music particularly popular with jazz musicians around the world. 

Episode Playlist:

Frank Sinatra – Get Happy – Swing Easy

Oscar Peterson – Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea – American Songbook Series: Harold Arlen

Lena Horne – Stormy Weather – The Lady And Her Music

Harold Arlen – Stormy Weather – Hits Of The 20’s And 30’s, Vol. 3

Mandy Patinkin – If I Only Had A Brain - Kidults

Groucho Marx – Lydia, The Tattooed Lady – American Songbook Series: E.Y. Harburg

Bloomer Girl Chorus – When The Boys Come Home – Bloomer Girl

Harold Arlen – Evelina – The Music Of Harold Arlen

Dooley Wilson – The Eagle And Me – Bloomer Girl

Maureen McGovern – Right As The Rain – Another Woman In Love

Louis Armstrong – I’ve Got The World On A String – The Complete RCA Recordings

Bing Crosby – I’ve Got The World On A String – 16 Most Requested Songs

Rebecca Kilgore – Down With Love/Hooray For Love – Lovefest At The Pizzarelli Party

Frank Sinatra – The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else – Vegas

Frank Sinatra – Don’t Cry Joe – Vegas

Frank Sinatra – Imagination – Vegas

Frank Sinatra – Moonlight In Vermont – Vegas

Frank Sinatra – Without A Song – Vegas

Frank Sinatra – In The Still Of The Night – Vegas

Frank Sinatra – Too Marvelous For Words – The Televison Years

Frank Sinatra – Ol’ Man River – The Concert Sinatra

Frank Sinatra – Lover Come Back To Me – The Sinatra Saga

Nancy LaMott – That Old Black Magic – Come Rain Or Come Shine

Harold Arlen – My Shining Hour – Harold Arlen Rediscovered

Jo Stafford – It Was Written In The Stars – The Capitol Rarities: 1943-1950

Harold Arlen – Minuet – The Music Of Harold Arlen

Nancy LaMott – Out Of This World – Demonstration Record

Nat King Cole – It’s Only A Paper Moon – After Midnight

Judy Garland – The Man That Got Away – A Star Is Born

Frank Sinatra – Last Night When We Were Young – In The Wee Small Hours

Frank Sinatra – Come Rain Or Come Shine – Sinatra And Strings

Diahann Carroll – A Sleepin’ Bee – House Of Flowers

Peggy Lee – As Long As I Live – Mink Jazz

Richard Rodney Bennett – Let’s Take The Long Way Home – I Never Went Away

Ella Fitzgerald – Let’s Take A Walk Around The Block – The Harold Arlen Songbook

Mel Torme – When The Sun Comes Out – Lulu’s Back In Town

Harry Allen – This Time The Dream’s On Me – Love Songs Live!

Frank Sinatra – Blues In The Night – Only The Lonely

Judy Garland – Paris Is A Lonely Town – Gay Purr-ee

Lena Horne – Fun To Be Fooled – Love Is the Thing

Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got The World On A String – The Complete Capitol Singles Collection

Tony Bennett – Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe – Tony Sings For Two

Nancy LaMott – What’s Good About Goodbye? – Demonstration Record

Nelson Riddle – Let’s Fall In Love – The Riddle Touch

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