Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hollywood Hotel (1937) (Whiting & Mercer)


With the Oscars coming up, it put me in the mood to post something in the spirit so I thought I'd put up this paean to Hollywood. It's hard to beat anything written by Johnny Mercer (let alone Richard Whiting) and you can't get much better than Benny Goodman (who, with all due respect to Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, et al, is probably my all-time favorite big band).

Not many actors can remake their screen image into its total antithesis, but Dick Powell was one of them (and he has my greatest awe and respect for that amazing feat). He went from boyish leading man in musicals to hard-boiled detective in what seemed like the blink of an eye (well, really, a decade or so) and I liked both versions.

And listening to Frances Langford makes me want to buy some war bonds. (Oh, sorry. That was FDR. GWB would actually prefer us all to sacrifice by going to the mall. I guess I'll have to rip out that victory garden I planted.)

Well, enjoy Johnny 'Scat' Davis' great anthem to Hollywood and don't forget the checkout time!

Track List:

01 - Dick Powell; Frances Langford; Rosemary Lane - Exploitation Record
02 - Orchestra - Opening Titles
03 - Johnny 'Scat' Davis, Frances Langford, Cast - Hooray For Hollywood
04 - Dick Powell & Rosemary Lane - I'm Like A Fish Out Of Water
05 - Dick Powell & Rosemary Lane - Silhouetted In The Moonlight (Complete Version)
06 - Johnny 'Scat' Davis, Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Cast - Let That Be A Lesson To You
07 - Benny Goodman Orchestra - Sing, Sing, Sing
08 - Benny Goodman Quartet - I've Got A Heartful Of Music
09 - Dick Powell - I've Hitched My Wagon To A Star
10 - Benny Goodman Orchestra - I've Got A Heartful Of Music; House Hop
11 - Jerry Cooper & Frances Langford - Silhouetted In The Moonlight (Reprise)
12 - Raymond Paige, Chorus & Orchestra - Dark Eyes
13 - Dick Powell & Cast; Johnny 'Scat' Davis & Cast; Orchestra - Closing

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Hollywood Hotel (1937) (Whiting & Mercer) (Rapidshare)

Hollywood Hotel (1937) (Whiting & Mercer) (Filesend)

around 71 MB

Comments:
Jeez, you've been posting some fantastic stuff here!

And, you know, I've been so used to heading straight for the comments section, I probably would have been unaware of them for some time if isbum (bless his soul)hadn't mentioned it there.

I'd better alert sallie to this one...

Cheers and thanks.
 
Hi Mel!

Thanks so much for what you said about the stuff I've been posting! And I suspect most people ignore the blog part of the blog (though strangely not the deleters for some reason).

Here's hoping Sallie got it in time! :))
 
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