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Monthly Archives: February 2013

In our last “Oscar Songs” post before my special SUNDAY MUSIC FESTA OSCAR SONGS special at 12 Noon, Sunday february 24th on Jazz 90.1 in Rochester, NY or streaming live HERE, I thought we’d touch upon those songs that actually won the big prize on Oscar night and went on to become standards in the […]

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Oscar winning songs often become standards of the American songbook – “Over the Rainbow,” “White Christmas” and “Moon River” are just a few examples. Then again, some of the best songs ever to come out of the movies have been the Academy Award losers! Today, we look at four of the nominated songs of 1937. […]

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Our friend Dr. Tim sent me this clip today identifying “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” as his favorite Oscar winning song. The music was by Allie Wrubel with lyrics by Ray Gilbert from Disney’s “Song of the South.” I remember seeing this picture when I was a kid, maybe 1972 or 1973? It was probably the last time it […]

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Today we’ve got two Oscar Nominated songs that were both introduced on film by Jane Wyman and Bing Crosby, a most delightful screen couple indeed. The songs were nominated in back-to-back years and were written by two different pairs of legendary songwriters. The first song was not only a 1951 Oscar nominee but the winner, […]

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Here’s a great one from 1943 from a movie called “The Sky’s the Limit.” The song is “My Shining Hour” and like so many Oscar nominated songs that became standards of the American Songbook, this one was introduced by Fred Astaire. The lovely lady to whom he sings this little gem is Joan Leslie. She […]

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Next Sunday, February 24, 2013, the Academy Awards will be telecast across the globe. I will, in all likelihood, NOT be watching or, if I do, it will be sporadically and with little interest. In addition to the fact that I’m not real interested in Hollywood films in the new millennium, I am even more […]

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Here’s a wonderful clip I just stumbled upon from an old Smothers Brothers show. I’ve always liked Tom and Dicky as they are true giants of comedy. The way you can tell that is the fact that they remained funny for more than half a century! Listen to their old albums and you’ll discover that […]

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Here’s a wonderful clip from the movie “Orchestra Wives.” As I recall, it’s a surprisingly honest and realistic portrayal of the challenges of musician’s personal lives for a film made in the early 194os. It stars the Glenn Miller Orchestra – almost. In this clip you will see Cesar Romero at the piano and a […]

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Dave Frishberg is a great musician, great songwriter and, yes, even a great singer.  I’ve been hosting a radio show in Rochester, New York for the last thirteen years and I’ve always dreamed of getting him on my show. I recently asked the Program Director to see if he could make it happen. So far, […]

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love the great (and I DO mean great) Dave Frishberg?