Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It's the first of November, a new month, so let's start it with a song. 

This is from 1942 by Harry Warren, whose real name was Salvadore Guaragna. Note that in Italian the internal g is silent, and you should imagine that there is a y before the final a.  

Like me, he was an Italian from New York City. He decided at an early age that he was going to become a songwriter. So, he got himself an old piano; he taught himself to play; and he started writing songs. And he became one of the most prolific songwriters of the 1930s and 40s. 

His most enduring song is probably At Last which Etta James brought to prominence in the modern era. All the "divas" sing it because it is such a great song. I just wish they sometimes gave credit to Harry Warren. 

Another great song of his is I Only Have Eyes For You, and if you haven't heard Art Garfunkel's recording of it, you are really missing something; it soars. 

Harry Warren wrote Lullaby of Broadway, We're In The Money, The More I See You, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me, and his I Had The Craziest Dream became Tommy Dorsey's signature song because of it's 18 bar trombone opening solo. Harry Warren wrote so many songs, he was called the Italian Irving Berlin. 

And he wrote this song in 1942, which I find to be very charming, very well crafted, and very pleasing.  It's called There Will Never Be Another You


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