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Cruising Down the River

Cruising Down the River

Cruising Down the River, was written in 1945 by two women, Emily Beadell and Nell Tollerton. They entered their composition into a public songwriting contest in the UK and…

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo

This week I've chosen a Disney novelty song classic from the film Cinderella written in 1948 by Al Hoffman, Mack David and Jerry Livingston. Verna Felton sang the first version of this popular tune in this 1950 film.  Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo was nominated for an Academy Award in 1950 for Best Original Song but lost out to...

C'est Magnifique

This song written by the brilliant composer Cole Porter was first performed by Lilo and Peter Cookson in 1953 Broadway musical "CanCan". As I have come to learn more and more there is a a treasure trove of music familiar to our older adult participants whose origins are in Broadway theatre and film musicals.

In 1953, Gordon McCrae's recorded C'est Magnifique. His version was the only...

My Old Man's a Dustman

Since today is the national holiday Victoria Day here in Canada I thought it would make perfect sense to choose a song from an artist who greatly impacted the music scene in England, Lonnie Donegan,  This well known skiffle artist recorded my song of the week “My Old Man’s a Dustman”, a song he co-wrote with Beverly Thorn and Peter Buchanon. Skiffle music in England was a type of folk music popular in the 1950 England which had blues and jazzinfluences. This style of music was played by...