I think this is a clip from the 1959 TV special “Bing Crosby And Dean Martin Present High Hopes.” The song is “Together (Wherever We Go)” from the musical “Gypsy.” Charley Weaver, who is mentioned in the song, was a character played by comedian Cliff Arquette.
Remember a few days ago I mentioned that I just HAD to learn to play the recorder? Well I decided that, since I never learned to play an instrument when I was a kid, the Beautiful Girl just HAS to learn to play the recorder too. In other words, we’re doing it “together!” (See what I did there?) It’s an extremely cheap way to introduce the girl to some basic music concepts but that’s just the icing on the cake. More importantly, I get to lovingly heap just a bit more of my personal baggage onto my kiddo. That way, when the inevitable need for therapy arises, she can work out my issues as well as her own. It just makes more sense from a time and money management standpoint. After all, being dysfunctional is no excuse for being inefficient!
Today on one of the social networking sites I frequent, a friend of mine posted her theme song. I didn’t hear it but the song had her name in the title and presumably it’s something uplifting since she’s a fabulous lady. It got me to thinking about songs with my name in the title and which of them I might choose for my theme song. I gotta tell you, the pickings are mighty slim! Let’s start out with “Delta Dawn.” It’s a very catchy tune but a train wreck as a theme song! My mother does still call me “baby” from time to time (it’s a Black thing). But I like to think my own personal brand of crazy is just a little less soul crushingly sad.
Next there’s “Dawn (Go Away)” by The Four Seasons. Not the most inviting title for a theme song is it?
Of course Bing Crosby’s “Song Of The Dawn” is slightly better with it’s message of dawn coming to save the world from oppressive night. I’m not entirely sure I could live up to such high expectations that early in the morning though. Still it’s the nicest one in the bunch so far.
I could go about it slightly sideways and choose something by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Of course I’m fairly certain they didn’t do any songs that would even remotely fit into the theme song category. This video is a hoot though isn’t it?
If it wasn’t absolutely cheating I think I’d pick “Good Morning Star Shine” as my theme song. It’s about sunrise, it’s a happy little number, and “Gliddy glub glooby. Niddy Nobby Nooby. La la la lo lo” is exactly what I sound like first thing in the morning!
“Well Did You Eva” was written in 1939 for a Broadway musical but it was added to the 1956 movie “High Society” at the last minute because Bing and Sinatra didn’t have a number together. I have never seen the movie but according to IMDB it’s based on “The Philadelphia Story” which I also haven’t seen. The person who wrote the IMDB synopsis seems to have loved “The Philadelphia Story” and HATED “High Society!” I can’t find either one streaming online and that’s seriously bumming me out! Apparently it’s a love triangle (well square really with three men and a little lady). I really wanna know who Katherine Hepburn/Grace Kelly picked. If I had to make a guess I’d say it was almost certainly Cary Grant/Bing Crosby. I’m sure Google would give me the answer but where’s the fun in that?
You may find this hard to believe but there are some who consider me a bit of a drama queen. I know, I was shocked to hear it too! I’m sure no one who reads this staid and somber thread would ever get the impression that I have a flair for the dramatic! Okay, perhaps I am a tad “colorful” at times. The sad thing is, even with all this fabulous dramatic flair, I have almost no acting talent. I say “almost” because there is actually one thing I do pretty well. Like Sinatra in that clip, I’m told I do a pretty good fake drunk. In fact it’s my standard show stopping party piece (meaning I did it at a party once and some people laughed). My point in mentioning this (and if you’ve been reading this thread at all and you’re still expecting a point I pity your frustration) is that because my talent matches his in this one, admittedly limited area, I now feel confident in telling everyone I meet that I am every bit as talented as Frank Sinatra!
The song “San Fernando Valley” was written for a 1943 Roy Rogers Dale Evans pic. Bing took it and made it a number one hit in 1944. I have no idea where this video comes from but I wish I did. It looks like amateur footage of Bing crooning for GI couples. One observer notes that Bing appears to be working sans toupee. Bing is in excellent voice in this one!
On a side note, I don’t know if my friend actually lives in the San Fernando Valley or not. The restrainig order is pretty clear that I’m not supposed to try to find out. But I spent a large chunk of my youth there and he would have been moving to the area just as I was leaving for the midwest. Perhaps, for a month or two, he and I shared the same general geographic region. That’s totally Ladyhawke romantic ain’t it?
NOTE: My friend had talked about listening to Bing’s version of Bob White.
Bob White is a swinging little number but I had the devil of a time trying to find videos of it! I finally came up with this 1937 version by Martha Tilton with Benny Goodman’s orchestra. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer who I just “discovered” thanks to my friend. I put discovered in quotes because Mercer penned many of the best songs of the 20th century and I had no idea!
And now for more Bing! Here’s the song my friend was probably listening to when he thought of the music from The Shining. It’s called “Moonlight Becomes You” and it really is very similar to the song “Midnight and the Stars and You” in the movie.