Happy Birthday...to me! I am officially 57 and I share a birthday with the Marquis De Sade and Johnny Weissmuller (Me, Tarzan). What a great way to share my birthday than with some songs and with my 3 favourite song topics that Jingle, Jangle Jungle has chosen.
TV THEME SONG
SONG USED IN A MOVIE
SONG FROM A BROADWAY MUSICAL
1. I DREAM OF JEANIE BY HUGO MONTENEGRO & BUDDY KAYE-1965
I love Bewitched which is strange to say this first but the reason I didn't choose Bewitched is because I already wrote about the show earlier this year so I went with this snappy theme song. The TV show is about an astronaut, stranded on an island who finds a lamp, rubs it and out pops Barbara Eden sans showing her belly button. She becomes his "slave" er, saviour, um...girlfriend....later wife who gets him and his buddy into all sorts of trouble but also bails them out of it. It is not as clever as Bewitched nor as sophisticated but I love the theme song which I always wished, like the Bewitched song, to be able to dance to it a la ballroom dancing.
2. MOON RIVER SUNG BY AUDREY HEPBURN-1961
This song was written by Henry Mancini, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, with Audrey Hepburn in mind. The studio wanted to cut the song with Audrey stating clearly "Over her dead body"(with maybe some other colourful words in there). Thankfully, the execs lost and this song became famous winning Grammys and becoming the tune for Andy Williams. When I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, I found this song enchanting and believable.
3. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE BY ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN-1945
This song originated from the Broadway show, "Carousel" which was later made into a film starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacCrea about a young, innocent girl who falls in love with an angry, good for nothing carousel barker. This song is sung when all seems hopeless and it is one of the most inspiring songs ever composed. I ended up going with one of my favs, Andre Rieu and his orchestra but so many have sung this song that the list seems endless from Josh Grobin, The Celtic Women to Andrea Bocelli and Renee Fleming. Sometimes, when times are low, we need to hear this song.
What comes to your mind?