THE 20 Best Songs From 1950's Films EVER...
The song is perhaps most famously performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe's character, Lorelei Lee, has been followed on a Transatlantic ocean liner by a detective hired by her fiance's father, who wants assurance that she is not marrying purely for money. He is informed of compromising pictures taken with a British diamond mine owner and cancels her letter of credit before she arrives in France, requiring her to work in a nightclub to survive. Her fiance arrives at the cabaret to see her perform this song, about exploiting men for riches. Diamonds are an element in another story line in the movie, in which Lorelei is given a diamond tiara by the mine owner, in gratitude for her recovering the photographs. In a later scene, Jane Russell, who played opposite Monroe, sang "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" in court, while pretending to be Lorelei.
Most of the song in the film is Monroe's own voice but she needed help in two phrases – "These rocks don't lose their shape, diamonds are a girl's best friend", and at the beginning with a series of high-pitched "no's", all of which were dubbed in by the soprano Marni Nixon.
The song was listed as the 12th most important movie song of all time by the American Film Institute.
Monroe's rendition of the song has been considered an iconic performance and since been copied by other entertainers ranging from Madonna, Beyonce Knowles, Geri Halliwell and Kylie Minogue to Anna Nicole Smith. Madonna's video "Material Girl" uses a similar set and costumes for the singer and her male dancers. ” - Phil Rossi
"Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. The song was released as a 45rpm single on September 24, 1957, to coincide with the release of Presley's motion picture, Jailhouse Rock. Composer Mike Stoller can be seen playing piano in the film presentation of the song.
The song as sung by Elvis Presley is #67 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. ” - Phil Rossi
Some well known songs from the musical include "I Whistle a Happy Tune", "Getting to Know You", "Hello, Young Lovers", and "Shall We Dance?"The dance sequence for "Shall We Dance?" was expanded in response to positive audience reaction to the segment. ” - Phil Rossi
"Singin' In the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. However, it is unclear exactly when the song was written with some claiming that the song was written and performed as early as 1927. The song was listed as Number 3 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs.The song is probably best known today as the centerpiece of the 1952 musical film Singin' in the Rain, in which Gene Kelly memorably danced to the song while splashing through puddles during a rainstorm. The song is also performed during the opening credits of the film. ” - Phil Rossi
"Thank Heaven for Little Girls" is a song that opened and closed the movie Gigi, performed by Maurice Chevalier and the MGM Studio Chorus, and written by Lerner and Loewe.His trademark was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with his tuxedo (dinner jacket).Chevalier then appeared in the movie musical Gigi (1958) with Leslie Caron and Hermione Gingold, with whom he shared the song "I Remember It Well", and several Walt Disney films. The success of Gigi prompted Hollywood to give him an Honorary Academy Award that year for achievements in entertainment. ” - Phil Rossi
"There's No Business Like Show Business" is an Irving Berlin song, written for the musical Annie Get Your Gun and orchestrated by Ted Royal. The song, a salute to the glamour and excitement of a life in show business, is sung in the musical by members of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in an attempt to persuade Annie Oakley to join the Wild West Show. It is reprised three times in the musical.
The song is featured in the 1954 movie of the same name, where it is notably sung by Ethel Merman as the main musical number. The movie, directed by Walter Lang, is essentially a catalog of various Berlin's pieces, in the same way that Singin' in the Rain—which starred Donald O'Connor as well—was a collection of Arthur Freed songs. ” - Phil Rossi
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)", first published in 1956, is a popular song which was written by the Jay Livingston and Ray Evans songwriting team.
The song was introduced in Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 film The Man Who Knew Too Much, with Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles. Day's recording of the song for Columbia Records (catalog number 40704) was a hit in both the United States— where it made it to number two on the Billboard charts—and the United Kingdom. From 1968 to 1973, it was the theme song for the situation comedy The Doris Day Show, becoming her signature song.
It reached the Billboard magazine charts in July 1956. The song received the 1956 Academy Award for Best Original Song with the alternative title "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)". It was the third Oscar in this category for Livingston and Evans, who previously won in 1948 and 1950. ” - Phil Rossi
"Well, Did You Evah!" is a song written by Cole Porter for his 1939 musical Du Barry Was a Lady, where it was introduced by Betty Grable and Charles Walters .
It was also performed in the 1956 film High Society by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.A long playing record of the soundtrack songs was released the same year and was a major success in both America and Great Britain. It has been said that one of the main reasons star Frank Sinatra was drawn to the film was a mock-tipsy duet with his boyhood idol Bing Crosby on Well, Did You Evah!, a song added at the last minute when it was noted that the two singers didn't have a duet to perform in the film. ” - Phil Rossi
"True Love" is a popular song written by Cole Porter and was published in 1956. The song was introduced by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in the musical film High Society. The Crosby–Kelly version, accompanied by Johnny Green's MGM studio orchestra using a romantic arrangement by Conrad Salinger, was also a popular recorded version of the song, peaking at #5.
Kelly's contribution on the record is relatively minor, duetting with Bing on only the final chorus. Nonetheless, the single is co-credited to her and became her only gold record and 21st gold record for Bing Crosby.
True Love is the name of C.K. Dexter Haven's yacht, on which he and Tracy Lord honeymooned off the coast of Maine. They are fictional characters in the play The Philadelphia Story, on which the musical is based. ” - Phil Rossi
The Band Wagon is a 1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin' in the Rain, as the finest of the MGM musicals, although it was only a modest box-office success. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career. However, the play's director wants to make it a pretentious retelling of Faust, and brings in a prima ballerina who clashes with the star.
The songs were written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, and some were created for the original 1931 Broadway musical also called The Band Wagon, with a book by George S. Kaufman and starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele. (Fred Astaire also stars in the movie.) The song "That's Entertainment!", which Schwartz and Dietz wrote specifically for the film, was a hit and has become a standard. ” - Phil Rossi
"Some Enchanted Evening" is a show tune from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
In the show, it is sung as a solo by Emile de Becque, the French plantation owner, who falls in love with the American navy nurse Nellie Forbush. In this song he sings of seizing the moment so that it won't slip away.
In the film version, the song is sung by Giorgio Tozzi, who dubbed for Rossano Brazzi.
According to the running commentary on the DVD release of South Pacific, this song provides an example of Hammerstein's use of verbs in a song. The DVD commentary mentions that Lehman Engel remembered how Oscar Hammerstein II wanted to write a song based around verbs, but waited ten years to do so before he wrote this song. ” - Phil Rossi
As Gabler intended, "Rock Around the Clock" was first issued in the spring of 1954 as a B-side to "Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town)." While the song did make the American Billboard music charts (contrary to popular opinion that it was a flop), it was considered a commercial disappointment. It was not until 1955, when "Rock Around the Clock" was used under the opening credits of the film Blackboard Jungle, that the song truly took off.
Many versions of the story behind how "Rock Around the Clock" was chosen for Blackboard Jungle circulated over the years. Recent research, however, reveals that the song was chosen from the collection of young Peter Ford, the son of Blackboard Jungle star Glenn Ford and dancer Eleanor Powell. The producers were looking for a song to represent the type of music the youth of 1955 was listening to, and the elder Ford borrowed several records from his son's collection, one of which was Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" and this was the song chosen.
On 9 July 1955, "Rock Around the Clock" became the first rock and roll recording to hit the top of Billboard's Pop charts, a feat it repeated on charts around the world. The song stayed at this place for eight weeks. The record was also no.1 for seven weeks on the Cashbox pop singles chart in 1955. The Bill Haley version also hit number three on the R&B charts.
In the UK, Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" reached number 17 on the pop charts in January 1955, four months before it first entered the US pop charts. (Coincidentally, it reached the same position as was reached by the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do", in 1962). The song re-entered the UK charts to reach number one in November 1955, and after a three-week break returned there for a further three weeks in January 1956. It re-entered the charts again in September 1956, reaching number 5. The song was re-issued in 1968, when it made number 20, and again in 1974, when it reached number 12. ” - Phil Rossi
"Luck Be a Lady" is a song written by Frank Loesser in 1950 and first performed by Simon Mullins. The song was featured in the musical Guys and Dolls.
The lyrics relate the point of view of a gambler, Sky Masterson who hopes that he will win a bet, the outcome of which will decide whether or not he is able to save his relationship with the girl of his dreams.
Marlon Brando sang the song in the 1955 film version. ” - Phil Rossi
"Be My Love" is a popular song with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Nicholas Brodzsky. It was published in 1950 and featured in the 1950 movie The Toast of New Orleans, where it was sung by Kathryn Grayson and Mario Lanza. The Lanza recording of the song (released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1561) was a million-seller and a Billboard #1 charting hit. ” - Phil Rossi
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" is a song composed by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1935. It was recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1951. In early 1952, the Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra version with vocalist Johnny Parker made it to the Pop 20 chart in the United States.
The song was featured in the soundtrack of the 1993 film Sleepless In Seattle and the 1951 film The Strip. ” - Phil Rossi
Aba Daba Honeymoon is a popular song that was written and published by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan in 1914. Known through its chorus, "Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the chimpie to the monk; Baba daba daba daba daba daba dab, Said the monkey to the chimp," the first recording of Aba Daba Honeymoon was made in 1914 by Collins & Harlan.
The song was featured in the 1950 movie, Two Weeks with Love.
The hit record of the song was recorded by Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter on August 4, 1950, and released by MGM Records as catalog number 30282. It reached #3 on the Billboard magazine chart in 1951. Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen and the Freddy Martin Ork with Merv Griffin also succeeded with the song. ” - Phil Rossi
"All of You" is a popular song written by Cole Porter and published in 1954.
It was featured in the musical film Silk Stockings and been recorded by Fred Astaire, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald on her 1972 album: "Ella Loves Cole", Billie Holiday, Tony Martin, and Anita O'Day. ” - Phil Rossi
"Baubles, Bangles & Beads" is a popular song from the 1953 musical Kismet, credited to Robert Wright and George Forrest. Like all the music in that show, the melody was based on works by Alexander Borodin, in this case the second theme of the second movement of his String Quartet in D. The "Kismet" setting maintains the original's 3/4 waltz rhythm; pop music settings change the rhythm to a moderate four-beat accompaniment. Jazz musicians are especially drawn to the song's beguiling melody and advanced harmonic structure. The familiar AA'BA+Coda structure of the song is energized by a key change up a major third interval for every section; the transition is marked by a bracing harmonic progression from the central major key of one section to the tritone minor key of the following section. Jazz players and singers have enjoyed the musical challenges of this song for decades. ” - Phil Rossi
Good Morning is a song by Nacio Herb Brown (music) and Arthur Freed (lyrics) written for the 1939 film Babes in Arms.It's best known performance was in the 1952 hit musical film Singin' in the Rain. ” - Phil Rossi
"'S Wonderful" is a popular song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Funny Face (1927) by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns.
The song was included in the 1951 movie An American in Paris where it was sung by Gene Kelly, as well as in the 1957 American musical film Funny Face, in which it was performed by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.
's wonderful! 's marvelous!
You should care for me!
's awful nice! 's paradise!
's what I love to see!
You've made my life so glamorous
You can't blame me for feeling amorous.
Oh! 's wonderful! 's marvelous!
That you should care for me!
's wonderful! 's marvelous!
That you should care for me!
's awful nice! 's paradise!
's what I love to see!
My dear, it's four-leaf clover time
From now on my heart's working overtime.
Oh! 's wonderful! 's marvelous!
That you should care for me. ” - Phil Rossi