I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
|"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"|
|music based on Fantaisie-Impromptu by Frédéric Chopin
Introduced in the 1918 Broadway show Oh, Look!
|Music by||Harry Carroll|
|Lyrics by||Joseph McCarthy|
|Original artist||The Dolly Sisters|
|Recorded by||many artists;
see #Recorded versions
"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" is a popular Vaudeville song. The music is credited to Harry Carroll, although the melody is actually adapted from Fantaisie-Impromptu by Frédéric Chopin. The lyrics were written by Joseph McCarthy, and the song was published in 1917 and introduced in the Broadway show Oh, Look! which opened in March, 1918. The song was sung in the show by The Dolly Sisters. Judy Garland sang it in the 1941 film Ziegfeld Girl. It was subsequently sung by Jack Oakie in the 1944 film The Merry Monahans and was again featured in the 1945 film The Dolly Sisters (1945 in film), where it was sung by John Payne. It was also included for part of the run (and in the cast album) of the 1973 revival of Irene.
The song is a true popular standard, recorded by many artists over the years.
Why have I always been a failure? What can the reason be? I wonder if the world is to blame. I wonder if it could be me.
I'm always chasing rainbows, Watching clouds drifting by. My schemes are just like all my dreams, Ending in the sky.
Some fellas look and find the sunshine. I always look and find the rain. Some fellas make a winning some time. I never even make a gain. Believe me,
I'm always chasing rainbows, Waiting to find a little bluebird, In vain.
(Lyrics by MetroLyrics)
Hit versions in 1918
The biggest hit version in 1918 was recorded by Charles W. Harrison on July 26, 1918, and released by Victor Records as catalog number 18496A,} with the flip side “I Miss That Mississippi Miss That Misses Me”)
Hit versions in 1946
The biggest hit versions in the 1946 revival were by Perry Como, by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes, and by Harry James's Orchestra with a vocal by Buddy DeVito. There was also a recording by Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians, with a vocal by Erno Rapee, which had a degree pf popularity that year.
The recording by Perry Como was recorded October 17, 1945, and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1788, with the flip side “You Won't Be Satisfied”. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on January 24, 1946 and lasted 4 weeks on the chart, peaking at #7; it was re-released by RCA Victor as catalog number 20-2663, with the flip side “If We Can't Be the Same Old Sweethearts”
The recording by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes was made on November 1, 1945, and released by Decca Records as catalog number 23472, with the flip side “Tomorrow Is Forever”. It reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on January 31, 1946 at #10, its only week on the chart.
The recording by Harry James and his orchestra was made on November 7, 1945, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36899, with the flip side “Baby What You Do to Me” and as catalog number 38434, with the flip side “I'm Beginning to See the Light”
The recording by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians was released by Decca Records as catalog number 3586, with the flip side “Tea for Two” and as catalog number 18789A, with the flip side “Make Believe”)
Hit versions in the 21st Century
In the 2014 American romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight written and directed by Woody Allen, Brice played by Hamish Linklater serenades the song while playing the ukulele. He then declares his love for Sophie, played by Emma Stone, who coyly answers "you mustn't give your heart away so quickly." The scene overlooks the ocean on the coast of Southern France, during the afternoon, in golden sunlight. The film is billed a romantic comedy. Latter we find Stanley, played by Colin Firth also declaring his love for Sophie and asking her: "Why do you want to spend the rest of your life with a man who plays the ukelele and croons to you?"
Other recorded versions
- Ronnie Aldrich
- Alice Cooper - released on his 1976 album Alice Cooper Goes To Hell
- American Republic Band (released by Pathé Records as catalog number 22016A, with the flip side “Arabian Nights”)
- Samuel Ash (released by Medallion Records as catalog number 804, with the flip side “Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl” and by Emerson Records as catalog number 0930, with the flip side “I'm Sorry I Made You Cry”)
- Tony Bennett
- Polly Bergen
- Beverley Sisters (on the album Those Enchanting...')
- Henry Burr (recorded 1919, released by OKeh Records as catalog number 1136, with the flip side “Those Wonderful Days of Used-to-Be”)
- Diahann Carroll (Performed on an episode of Dynasty).
- Bob Chester and his orchestra (recorded November 26, 1940, released by Bluebird Records as catalog number 10987, with the flip side “Somebody Stole My Gal”)
- Petula Clark (in French, Pourquoi Mon Coeur Tremble)
- Ray Conniff
- Russ Conway (on his 1973 Album "Playing The Great Piano Hits")
- Bing Crosby
- Sammy Davis Jr.
- Alice Faye
- Paul Fenoulhet with The Skyrockets Dance Orchestra Voc.: Doreen Lundy. Recorded in London on January 16, 1946. It was released by EMI on the HMV Records label as catalogue number BD 5920.
- Ferrante & Teicher
- The Four Freshmen - Voices In Love (1958), Road Show (1960)
- Judy Garland and the David Rose orchestra (released by Decca Records as catalog number 3593B, with the flip side “Our Love Affair”); Garland also performed the song in the film Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
- Jackie Gleason
- Al Goodman and his orchestra (released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36216, with the flip side “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise”)
- Benny Goodman and his orchestra (recorded December 20, 1940, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 35916, with the flip side “Somebody Stole My Gal”)
- Betty Grable
- Ken Griffin (recorded September 1954, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40569, with the flip side “Ain't She Sweet”)
- Walter Gross (recorded June 6, 1940, released by Bluebird Records as catalog number 10795, with the flip side “A Slight Case of Ivory”)
- Ted Heath
- Gordon Jenkins (released by Capitol Records as catalog number 106, with the flip side “He Wears a Pair of Silver Wings”, and as catalog numbers 1263 and 15202, both with the flip side “White Christmas”)
- Al Jolson
- Hal Kemp's Carolina Club Orchestra (recorded May 24, 1929, released by OKeh Records as catalog number 41409, with the flip side “Allah's Holiday”)
- Stan Kenton
- Andre Kostelanetz
- Judy Lang (released by Keystone Broadcasting System Records as catalog number KBS 612)
- Tom Legend (released 1962 by Colpix Records as catalog number 619, with the flip side "Where I Belong")
- Tony Martin
- Buddy Morrow (recorded January 1946, released by Mercury Records as catalog number 2057, with the flip side “Jalousie”)
- Harry Nilsson
- Jane Olivor on her 1977 album Chasing Rainbows (Columbia Records)
- Mandy Patinkin
- Johnnie Ray
- Della Reese
- Joe Reichman and his orchestra (recorded January 28, 1941, released by Victor Records as catalog number 27333, re-released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-2968, both with the flip side “Keep an Eye on Your Heart”)
- Debbie Reynolds
- Buddy Rich - Rags To Riches (1994)
- Voices of Walter Schumann (released by Capitol Records in the United States as catalog number 1752, with the flip side “Far Above Cayuga's Waters” and in the United Kingdom in 1951 as catalog number CL 13638, with the flip side “Moonglow”)
- Frank Sinatra
- Jo Stafford
- Barbra Streisand - 1967 television special, The Belle of 14th Street. Released in 1991 on her retrospective, Just For the Record.
- Jackie Walker (released 1962 by Everest Records as catalog number 20010, with the flip side "Dearly Beloved")
- Barry Wood with Mitchell Miller Orchestra (released by Cosmo Records as catalog number 469, with the flip side “Symphony”)
- Peter Yorke
- Take 6 from the soundtrack of the film Glengarry Glen Ross, 1992 Grammy nominee for Best Jazz Vocal Performance
- Soprano Sumi Jo for HBO's 2011 Mildred Pierce (TV miniseries)
- Harrison Craig
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- Perry Como discography entry for "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
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- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
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