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Subject: 1954: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/04/15 at 2:10 am

"Three Coins in the Fountain" is a popular song which received the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1954.

The melody was written by Jule Styne, the lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was written for the romance film, Three Coins in the Fountain and refers to the act of throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome while making a wish. Each of the film's three stars performs this act.

It was parodied in the Goon Show, to the same tune, with the words Three Goons in a fountain, which one will the fountain drown?

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Subject: Re: 1954: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/17/15 at 1:11 am

"The Little Shoemaker" is a popular song based on the French song, "Le petit cordonnier," by Rudi Revil. The original French lyric was written by Francis Lemarque (page in French). The English language lyrics were written by Geoffrey Claremont Parsons, Nathan Korb (Francis Lemarque) and John Turner. In the United States, the best-selling version was recorded by the Gaylords, charting in 1954. In the United Kingdom, the song was the first charted hit for Petula Clark the same year.

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Subject: Re: 1954: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/23/16 at 5:01 pm

"This Ole House" (sometimes written "This Old House") is a popular song written by Stuart Hamblen, and published in 1954. Rosemary Clooney's version reached the top of the popular music charts in both the US and the UK in 1954. The song again topped the UK chart in 1981 in a recording by Shakin' Stevens.

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Subject: Re: 1954: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/02/16 at 6:07 am

"Mambo Italiano" is a popular song written by Bob Merrill in 1954 and recorded by Rosemary Clooney. Merrill wrote it under deadline, scribbled hastily on a paper napkin in an Italian restaurant in New York, United States using the wall pay-phone to dictate the melody, rhythm and lyrics to the recording studio pianist, under the aegis of conductor Mitch Miller. The song became a hit for Clooney, reaching #10 on the charts in the United States and number one in the UK Singles Chart early in 1955.

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Subject: Re: 1954: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/16 at 12:55 pm

"Fly Me to the Moon", originally titled "In Other Words", is a song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song in 1954. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture.

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