Carousel of American Music

Carousel of American Music



On September 24, 1940, a concert took place that was not only unique but can accurately be called incredible in its own way. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ASCAP and the closing of the San Francisco and New York World's Fairs, a pair of music festivals were organized. All of the playing from September 24 (never previously released) is on this four-CD set. While the first CD has an afternoon symphonic concert, the nighttime performances captured on the other CDs are truly memorable, with 32 composers and lyricists (many of whom rarely appeared in public) performing their own songs. Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Sigmund Romberg, and Jimmy McHugh take their turns on the piano, Irving Berlin leads the crowd in "God Bless America," and the originators of such timeless tunes as "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (Albert Von Tilzer), "My Melancholy Baby" (Ernie Burnett), "My Blue Heaven" (Walter Donaldson), "Sweet Adeline" (Harry Armstrong), "Jeepers Creepers" (Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer), and even "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" (a delightful Ann Ronell) all perform. George M. Cohan (whose only commercial records were in 1911) sings four of his most famous songs, W.C. Handy solos on cornet during "St. Louis Blues," and Harold Arlen plays piano behind Judy Garland (one year after The Wizard of Oz) on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." One can feel the presence of World War II throughout the program (Pearl Harbor was less than 15 months away), and there are some patriotic moments (including a stirring up-tempo version of "Stars and Stripes Forever"). Although there are only hints of jazz, the historic value of this fascinating set is obvious.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/1997
Label: Music & Arts Program
UPC: 0017685097126
catalogNumber: 971


Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  3. Intro/Caponsacchi
  4. Overture
  5. Carnival Music
  6. Intro
  7. Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras
  8. Intro
  9. Entrance of the Carriers from la Guibalesse
  10. Intro/G Minor Symphony/Song of a New Race
  11. 2nd Movement
  12. 3rd Movement
  13. Intro/Circus Day
  14. Introduction/Street Parade
  15. Big Top/Main Event/Bareback Riders
  16. Chariot Races
  17. Lions
  18. Elephants
  19. Tightrope Walker
  20. Jugglers
  21. Clowns
  22. Finale

Disc 2

  1. Gene Buck Intermission Talk
  2. Marshall Dill Intro
  3. Gene Buck Intro
  4. Stars and Stripes Forever
  5. Intro
  6. Gypsy Love Song
  7. Kiss Me Again
  8. March of the Toys
  9. Intro
  10. Smiles
  11. Intro
  12. Love in Bloom
  13. Intro
  14. Take Me out to the Ball Game
  15. Intro
  16. The Last Roundup
  17. Intro
  18. Some of These Days
  19. Intro
  20. Over the Rainbow
  21. Intro
  22. My Melancholy Baby
  23. Intro
  24. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
  25. Intro
  26. Three Little Words
  27. Intro
  28. My Blue Heaven
  29. My Buddy
  30. Intro
  31. The End of a Perfect Day
  32. The Flying Flag

Disc 3

  1. Intro
  2. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
  3. Intro
  4. Singin' in the Rain
  5. Intro
  6. You Made Me Love You
  7. Six Lessons from Madame la Zonga
  8. Intro
  9. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now?
  10. Good Bye, My Lady Love
  11. Intro
  12. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  13. Intro
  14. All the Things You Are
  15. All the Things You Are (Reprise)
  16. Intro
  17. Sweet Adeline
  18. Intro
  19. Lover, Come Back to Me
  20. Will You Remember?
  21. One Alone
  22. George Buck Intro of Tribute to the Late George Gershwin
  23. Summertime
  24. I Got Rhythm
  25. Intro
  26. Jeepers Creepers
  27. Intro
  28. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  29. Intro
  30. Stardust
  31. Intro
  32. Little Old Lady

Disc 4

  1. Intro
  2. Deep Purple
  3. Intro
  4. Intro
  5. Mark Gordon Medley
  6. Intro
  7. Chinatown, My Chinatown
  8. Intro
  9. St. Louis Blues
  10. Intro
  11. Home on the Range
  12. Mighty Like a Rose
  13. Ol' Man River
  14. Intro/Sally Won't You Come Back
  15. Intro
  16. The Lord's Prayer
  17. [Untitled Track]
  18. Intro
  19. George M. Cohan Medley
  20. Intro
  21. Over There
  22. Concluding Remarks/Intro
  23. God Bless America
  24. Exit

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Hanson   Conductor,Track Performer
Sigmund Romberg   Piano,Track Performer
William Grant Still   Conductor,Track Performer
Billy Hill   Piano,Track Performer
Irving Berlin   Vocals,Track Performer
Judy Garland   Vocals,Track Performer
Hoagy Carmichael   Piano,Track Performer
W.C. Handy   Cornet,Track Performer
Jimmy McHugh   Piano
Harold Arlen   Piano,Track Performer
George M. Cohan   Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Howard   Vocals
San Francisco Symphony   Track Performer
Jerome Kern   Piano,Track Performer
Carrie Jacobs-Bond   Piano
Charles Wakefield Cadman   Track Performer,Soloist
Shelton Brooks   Piano,Track Performer
Peter DeRose   Piano,Track Performer
Walter Donaldson   Piano,Track Performer
Arthur Freed   Piano,Track Performer
Marc Gordon   Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Mercer   Vocals,Track Performer
Ralph Rainger   Piano,Track Performer
Leo Robin   Vocals
Harry Ruby   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Warren   Piano,Track Performer
Harry Armstrong   Vocals,Track Performer
Edwin McArthur   Conductor,Track Performer
Ann Ronell   Piano,Track Performer
John Charles Thomas   Track Performer
Ernie Burnett   Piano,Track Performer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Vocals,Track Performer
James V. Monaco   Track Performer
Albert Hay Malotte   Conductor,Track Performer
Lee Roberts   Conductor
David Stamper   Piano,Track Performer
Gene Buck   Track Performer
Albert Von Tilzer   Piano,Track Performer
Allan Linquist   Vocals,Track Performer
Jean Schwartz   Piano,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Howard Hanson   Director
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Joseph E. Howard   Composer
Harry Armstrong   Composer
Rida Johnson Young   Composer
Richard Gerard   Composer
Will M. Hough   Composer

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