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Great American Songbook

1920-1950s American popular songs written for musicals and film.

Stormy-Weather

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sang by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club. The tune was originally written for Cab Calloway, vocalist and band...
Georgia-On-My-Mind

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind was written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930. Lyrics were written by Stuart Gorrell. It was first recorded in New York by Carmichael and his Orchestra with Bix...
September-In-The-Rain

September In The Rain

"September In The Rain" is a tune written by Harry Warren, one of the first American composers to write primarily for film. Lyrics were written by Al Dubin. Written in 1937,...
You-Stepped-Out-of-a-Dream

You Stepped Out of a Dream

You Stepped Out of a Dream was written by Nacio Herb Brown with lyrics by Gus Kahn in 1940. It was used in the 1941 musical Ziefeld Girl. It has since...
Gone-With-The-Wind

Gone With The Wind

"Gone With The Wind" is a great tune written by Allie Wrubel and lyrics by Herb Magidson. The song was published in 1937. Evidence suggests that the title was inspired by...
Never-Let-Me-Go

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go was written by Jay Livingston with lyrics by Ray Evans. This is a beautiful ballad to add to your repertoire. It is most commonly played in the...
Lady-Be-Good

Lady Be Good

Lady Be Good is a really nice standard tune by George and Ira Gershwin. They wrote the tune for a 1924 musical "Lady Be Good." Incidentally, Fascinating Rhythm was another jazz...
Without-a-Song

Without A Song

"Without A Song" is a tune written by Vincent Youmans with lyrics by Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu. It was published in 1929 and included in the musical play "Great Day". It...
beautiful_love

Beautiful Love

"Beautiful Love" is a tune written by Victor Young, Wayne King and Egbert Van Alstyne in 1931 with lyrics written by Haven Gillespie. It has been performed and recorded by many...
Star-Eyes

Star Eyes

"Star Eyes" is a tune with words and music by Gene De Paul and Don Raye. It was introduced in the 1943 musical "I Dood It" by Jimmy Dorsey and his...

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