The Trolley Song

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"The Trolley Song"
Song by Judy Garland & The MGM Studio Chorus
Released 1944
Length 4:04
Writer Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
Judy Garland and chorus perform "The Trolley Song" in Meet Me in St. Louis

"The Trolley Song" is a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and made famous by Judy Garland in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. In a 1989 NPR interview, Blane said the song was inspired by a picture of a trolleycar in a turn-of-the-century newspaper. In 1974 he had said that the picture was in a book he found at the Beverly Hills Public Library and was captioned "Clang, Clang, Clang, Went the Trolley."[1]

Blane and Martin were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1945 Academy Awards, for "The Trolley Song" but lost to "Swinging on a Star" from Going My Way. "The Trolley Song" was ranked #26 by the American Film Institute in 2004 on the 100 Years... 100 Songs list. The song as conducted by Georgie Stoll for Meet Me in St. Louis has a very complex, evocative arrangement by Conrad Salinger featuring harmonized choruses, wordless vocals, and short highlights or flourishes from a wide range of orchestral instruments. When the song was recorded on the set of Meet Me in St Louis, it was done in a single shot which was unusual then and is still rare today.

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  1. ^ Vocal Selections from That's Entertainment, Big 3 Music Corporation, 1974
  2. ^ "Fantasy Records Discography: 1953-1954"

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