Music on Mondays — Hooray for Hollywood!
For today’s Music on Mondays, we’re going to Hollywood, California.
The original version of “Hooray for Hollywood” was featured in the 1937 movie “Hollywood Hotel,” lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Richard A. Whiting, singing by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford, and accompaniment by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra.
The original lyrics have been modified over the years because they referred to people (Aimee Semple, for example) and cultural elements (rotos) which have long since been forgotten. The 1958 Doris Day version replaced “where any shopgirl can be a top girl, if she pleases the tired businessman” (hmmmm) with “any barmaid can be a star made if she dances with or without a fan,” a line which referred to Sally Rand (who?) and her fan dance (her what?). I wanted to include the Doris Day version but all of the YouTube videos have been blocked on copyright infringement grounds.
Today “Hooray for Hollywood!” is performed mostly as a melody and is one of four staples for Academy Awards ceremonies, the others being “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “That’s Entertainment!” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
In several posts later this week, I’ll be taking you to Hollywood and Los Angeles. Hope you’ll come along for the ride.
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Posted on August 12, 2013, in History, Music, Music on Mondays and tagged annie get your gun, annie oakley, another op'nin' another show, cole porter, doris day, fred astaire, hooray for hollywood, irving berlin, kiss me kate, that's entertainment, there's no business like show business. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.