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Songs of Harry Warren: Lullaby of Broadway & Hollywood - His 51 Finest 1922-1957



The very best of Harry Warren (1893-1981) is presented in a double CD set for a magnificent addition, the tenth, to Retrospective’s invaluable series devoted to the great songwriters of the last century. After penning some of the 20s’ most iconic tunes, such as I Love My Baby and Pasadena, Warren lit the touch paper for the emerging Hollywood movie industry with 42nd Street in 1933, beginning a line of Busby Berkeley spectaculars and other musicals filled with such great songs as I Only Have Eyes For You, Lullaby Of Broadway, Jeepers Creepers, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, September In The Rain and I’ll String Along With You. Then came the Glenn Miller evergreens Chattanooga Choo-Choo, I’ve Gotta Gal In Kalamazoo and so on, and wartime classics like You’ll Never Know – a phenomenal spread of hits from 1922 to 1957.

As with each of the songwriter issues, the roster of artists is phenomenal, chosen (except for the opening Rose Of The Rio Grande) from singers of the time of each song’s publication. They include Warren’s great champions Dick Powell and Bing Crosby, alongside Dick Haymes, The Boswell Sisters, Fred Waring, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Vera Lynn, Fred Astaire and many others.

Songs of Harry Warren: Lullaby of Broadway & Hollywood - His 51 Finest 1922-1957


Another CD of a specific composer's songs, this time from Retrospective, who are old hands at this sort of thing. Harry Warren often seems to be omitted from the usual list of GAS songwriters, which is strange as he contributed a vast number of classic songs over the thirty five year period covered by this 51 track compilation, which underlines the fact with some choice selections. His earliest successes were TIn Pan Alley hits like PASADENA (the Al Jolson version from 1924 is featured here) and later for

Broadway revues but it was his move to Hollywood and his collaborations with lyricist Al Dubin that saw his biggest successes with songs for 'Forty Second Street', 'Gold Diggers of 1933' and 'Dames' to mention just three. The set includes contemporary versions of some of the songs from these films such as The Boswell Sisters with FORTY SECOND STREET and SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO and Crosby with YOU'RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME. Dick Powell contributes THE SHADOW WALTZ, I'VE GOT TO SING A TORCH SONG and I'LL STRING ALONG WITH YOU while Hutch weighs in with I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU. The string of hits continued throughout the 30s and 40s taking in the Glenn Miller films 'Sun Valley Serenade' and 'Orchestra Wives' with CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO, AT LAST, I'VE GOT A GAL IN KALAMAZOO and SERENADE IN BLUE featured and the set concludes with a couple of big hits from the fifties in the shape of THAT'S AMORE (Dean Martin) and AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (Vic Damone) which is a pretty good way to bow out. InTune Magazine