Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Standards - Great American Songbook
Rodgers and Hart. "My Funny Valentine" is another song from "Babes in Arms" and the writing of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
"My funny valentine,
Sweet comic valentine,
You make me smile with my heart.
Your looks are laughable,
Yet you're my favorite work of art"
Porter. "Night and day you are the one
Only you beneath the moon and under the sun.
Whether near to me or far,
It's no matter, darling, where you are
I think of you night and day."
A 1932 song from "Gay Divorcee".
Berlin. "Must you dance, every dance
With the same fortunate man?
You have danced with him since the music began
Won't you change partners and dance with me?"
This song was written in 1938 and featured in "Carefree".
Gershwin. From "George White's Scandals of 1924". Although Ella Fitzgerald included it as part of the "George and Ira Gershwin Songbook" the words came from Ballard MacDonald and B. G. De Sylva.
"Somebody loves me I wonder who,
I wonder who can she be.
Somebody loves me I wish I knew,
Who can she be worries me."
Berlin. "How much do I love you? I'll tell you no lie,
How deep is the ocean, how high is the sky?
How many times a day do I think of you?
How many roses are sprinkled with dew?"
"How Deep is the Ocean (How High is the Sky)" dates back to 1932. Very much a Jazz standard but also a stand alone song, rather than a song from a show.
Berlin. "There may be trouble ahead,
But while there's moonlight
And music and love and romance
Let's face the music and dance"
"Let's Face the Music and Dance" was a 1936 song from "Follow the Fleet".
Rodgers and Hart. "The Lady is a Tramp" is from the 1937 musical "Babes in Arms". It has been recorded by many of the musical 'greats' including Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
"I get too hungry for dinner at eight.
I like the theatre and never come late
I never bother with people I'd hate
That's why the lady is a tramp."
|"They're writing songs of love, but not for me" is the start of the song "But Not For Me", but who wrote it?||The Great American Songbook
Gershwin. "But Not for me" is a song from 1930 and part of the musical "Girl Crazy". This musical brought both Ginger Rodgers and Ethel Merman to star status.
Gershwin. "There's a somebody I'm longing to see:
I hope that he
Turns out to be
Someone who'll watch over me"
This song dates back to 1926 and was included in the musical "Oh, Kay!". Lyrics were provided by Ira Gershwin and one of the earliest performers was Gertrude Lawrence.
|And finally, less well known,
"Not so far from here,
There's a very lively atmosphere
Ev'rybody's going there this year
And there's a reason"
At what destination does the singer go on to say they will see you?||Which Great American Song
CUBA. "(I'll See You In) CUBA" was a 1920 prohibition song from the pen of Irving Berlin. Further lyrics include:-
"I'm on my way to Cuba
That's where I'm going,
Cuba, that's where I'll stay,
Cuba, where wine is flowing
And where those dark eyed Stellas
Light their fellas' panatellas"
|Which song contains these lines?
"I'm steppin' out, my dear, to breathe an atmosphere that simply reeks with class.
And I trust that you'll excuse my dust when I step on the gas."||Which Great American Song
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails. Copyright 1935 from Irving Berlin and featured in "Top Hat" starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The chorus starts:-
"I'm puttin' on my top hat,
tyin' up my white tie,
brushin' off my tails.
I'm dudein' up my shirt front,
puttin' in the shirt studs,
polishin' my nails"
|Which song contains the following?
"When you're in my arms and I feel you so close to me
All my wildest dreams come true"||Which Great American Song
The Nearness of You. "It's not the pale moon that excites me
That thrills and delights me, oh no
It's just the nearness of you"
This 1937 song was originally written by Ned Jones and Hoagy Carmichael for the film "Romance in the Dark".
|Which song starts:
"I've been away from you a long time
I never thought I'd miss you so
Somehow I feel your love was real,
Near you I want to be"?||Which Great American Song
Swanee. "Swanee" dates back to 1919 and was written by George Gershwin, Irving Caesar and Ira Gershwin. It was included in "The Capitol Revue" and was the first worldwide hit Gershwin was to have.
The more familiar chorus goes
"Swanee how I love you,
How I love you
My dear old Swanee
I'd give the world to be
Among the folks in D I X I
Even now my Mammy's
Waiting for me, Praying for me
Down by the Swanee
The folks up north will see me no more
When I go to the Swanee shore."
|In which song can the following advice be heard?
"If driving fast cars you like,
If low bars you like,
If old hymns you like,
Or bare limbs you like
If Mae West you like,
Or me undressed you like
Why, nobody would oppose."||Which Great American Song
Anything Goes. "Anything Goes" was a 1934 composition from Cole Porter for the musical of the same name. The show also included "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top" and "It's De-lovely".
|Which Peggy Lee song is this?
"I read the latest news
No buttons on my shoes
Baby I'm confused about you"||Which Great American Song
I Don't Know Enough About You. Written by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour and recently covered by Diana Krall.
"I know a little bit about a lot of things
But I don't know enough about you.
Just when I think you're mine
You try a different line and baby what can I do?"
|Which Irving Berlin song contains the words
"Dance with me, I want my arms about you;
The charm about you will carry me through to Heaven"?||Which Great American Song
Cheek to Cheek. "Heaven, I'm in Heaven,
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak;
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing cheek to cheek."
"Cheek to Cheek" is from "Top Hat" and dates from 1935.
|Name the song this excerpt is taken from.
"Oh, the times without number,
Darling, when I say to you:
"Do you love me as I love you?""||Which Great American Song
In the Still of the Night. Written in 1937 by Cole Porter for the musical comedy film "Rosalie". The song starts:
"In the still of the night,
When the world is in slumber"
|Which song includes the following
"Maybe I shall meet him Sunday,
Maybe Monday, Maybe not;
Still I'm sure to meet him one day,
Maybe Tuesday will be my good news day."?||Which Great American Song
The Man I Love. "The Man I Love" features in "Lady, Be Good!" which was the first complete Broadway score that the Gershwin brothers were commissioned to write and which dates from 1924.