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Frank Sinatra
People Will Say We're In Love
Bing Crosby
Oh What A Beautiful Morning

These three songs which became popular in 1943 are all from the same source, Rodger's and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA. OKLAHOMA would become a major part of American Musical Theater history. It was the first musical collaborated on by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, both song writers had a history of hits with other partners but none would compare to the work they would do together.

OKLAHOMA was based on a play called Green Grow The Lilacs which told the story of a romance between a farm girl and a cowboy. Rodger's and Hammerstein adapted the play to a musical and developed a new technique for musical comedy. First they started the show with a slow number "Oh What A Beautiful Morning." When the curtain opened all you saw was an old woman churning and the Male lead would come strolling up the Aisle of the theater singing the song. Up to this time musicals started the show with a large production number. Almost all of the songs in the show would move the story along." People Will Say We're In Love" is actually a conversation between the two main characters. The title song OKLAHOMA is a rousing full cast song that appears at the end of the show. It is not surprising that this is the song that Oklahoma, the state, would choose to make their official state song. Hugh Jackman would play the lead of Curly in a 1998 revival of the show.

Anne Shelton
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
This is one of the short list of songs Cole Porter would write for the screen. It was introduced by Janet Blair and Don Ameche in the film" Something To Shout about". Dinah Shore would make a huge hit of the song as well as Anne Shelton in the same year. Many artists would go on to record the song including TVs John Barrowman.

Benny Goodman
Taking A Chance On Love
With music by Vernon Duke and Lyrics by John Latouche and Ted Fetter the song was a part of the all black musical Cabin In The Sky. In 1943 the song would come back when recorded by Benny Goodman with vocals by Helen Forrest. In this version it would top the charts at number one.

Dick Haymes
You'll Never Know
The song was based on a poem that was written by a war bride named Dorothy Fern Norris. The poem was adapted to a song by Harry Warren, music and lyrics by Mack Gordon. The song had it's debut in a film called," Hello Frisco Hello" and sung by Alice Faye. Faye would never make a recording of the song and so the hit versions went to Frank Sinatra and Dick Haymes. Haymes version would stay at # 1 on the R&B charts for four weeks. The song also won the Academy Award For Best Song in 1943

Duke Ellington
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Written in 1940 By Duke Ellington it was originally titled, "Never No Lament," and was recorded as a big band instrumental. In 1942 Bob Russell added lyrics and a new title and a new song was born. Two Version of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" would be recorded in 1943 one by Ellington and the other by The Ink Spots. Both would reach the top of the R&B Charts. Ellington's version would reach #8 on the Pop Charts.

Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
For Me and My Gal

This is The Title song from the movie musical starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. For Kelly this would be his screen debut. The film was directed by Busby Berkley and opened in October of 1942. The film was partially written by Richard Sherman who, along with his brother Robert, would go on to be one of the most Prolific song writers at the Disney Studios, being responsible for the songs for Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The song, For Me and my Gal was written by George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz. The score for the musical would be nominated for an Academy Award.

  Top Artists and Songs of 1943
Buy It! Al Dexter & His Troops
Pistol Packin' mama
Buy It! Anne Shelton
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Buy It! Benny Goodman
Taking A Chance On Love, Why Don't You Do Right?
Buy It! Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Pistol Packin' Mama
Buy It! Bing Crosby and Trudy Erwin
Oh What A Beautiful Morning, People Will Say We're In Love
Buy It! Bing Crosby
Whispering Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Sunday Monday or Always, If You Please
Buy It! Dick Haymes
You'll Never Know, It Can't Be Wrong, Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
Buy It! Dick Kuhn & his Orchestra
Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
Buy It! Dinah Washington
Evil Gal Blues
Buy It! Dinah Shore
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, (As Long As You're Not in Love with Anyone Else) Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me?
Buy It! Duke Ellington
Sentimental Lady, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Perdido, Slip of the Lip
Buy It! Ella Mae Morse
Buy It! Erskine Hawkins
Don't Cry Baby
Buy It! Frank Sinatra
All or Nothing at All, Sunday Monday Always, You'll Never Know, People Will Say We're In Love, Close To You
Buy It! Freddy Slack
That Old Black Magic
Buy It! Gene Autry
Deep In The Heart of Texas
Buy It! Glen Gray
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Buy It! Glenn Miller Orchestra
That Old Black Magic, Blue Rain, Rhapsody In Blue
Buy It! Harry James
Two O'Clock Jump, I've Heard That Song Before, Mister Five By Five, I Had The Craziest Dream, Velvet Moon, I Heard You Cried Last Night
Buy It! Jacques Renard & his Orchestra
As Time Goes By
Buy It! Jimmy Dorsey
They're Either Too Young Or Too Old
Buy It! Jimmy Wakely
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
Buy It! Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
For Me and My Gal
Buy It! Judy Garland
Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart
Buy It! Kate Smith
I Don't Want To Walk Without You
Buy It! Kay Kyser
Praise The Lord and Pass the Ammunition
Buy It! Kay Shermen
The Dreamer/How Sweet You Are
Buy It! King Cole Trio
All For You
Buy It! Lena Horne
Stormy Weather
Buy It! Louis Jordan
That'll Just 'Bout Knock Me Out
Buy It! Mills Brothers
Paper Doll
Buy It! Oklahoma! Theme
Oklahoma Soundtrack
Buy It! Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees
As Time Goes By
Buy It! Stan Kenton
Artistry In Rhythm
Buy It! The Ink Spots
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Buy It! The Song Spinners
Johnny Zero
Buy It! Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra
There Are Such Things, In The Blues Of The Evening
Buy It! Vaughn Monroe
When The Lights Go On Again (All Over The World), Let's Get Lost
Buy It! Vera Lynn
I Had The Craziest Dream
Buy It! Willie Kelly and his Orchestra
You'll Never Know
Buy It! Xavier Cugat
Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)
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