Aren't You Glad You're You?

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for the Sesame Street album see Aren't You Glad You're You? (album).

"Aren’t You Glad You’re You?" is a 1945 popular standard composed by Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Van Heusen and Burke wrote the song for the film The Bells of St. Mary's, directed by Leo McCarey, and starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman in the main roles. Bing Crosby presents the song in the film.
"Aren't You Glad You Are You?" received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Song category in 1946[1] but lost out to "It Might As Well Be Spring".

Bing Crosby's recording of the song on September 10, 1945 for Decca Records[2] reached No.8 in the Billboard charts.

The song was quickly covered by The Pied Pipers (Capitol 225),[3] Les Brown (with the band vocalist Doris Day, Columbia 36875[4]) and Tommy Dorsey (RCA Victor 20-1728).[5] who all reached the Billboard charts with their versions.[6]

It was subsequently covered by George Olsen (Majestic),[7] Peggy Lee,[8] Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker,[9] Barbara Lea (1957),[10] June Christy (1960),[11] Rosemary Clooney (1961),[12] Joe Williams (1961),[13] Mel Tormé and George Shearing (Concord Jazz CCD-4471),[14] Michael Feinstein (for his album Pure Imagination 1992),[15] Rebecca Kilgore (The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen - 2005),[16] and John McNeil & Bill McHenry Quartet (for their album Chill Morn He Climb Jenny 2010).[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crump, William D. (15 September 2001). The Christmas Encyclopedia, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-4766-0573-9.
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 12 January 1946. p. 26. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ McGee, Garry (14 January 2005). Doris Day: Sentimental Journey. McFarland. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-7864-6107-3.
  5. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1 December 1945. p. 23. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 472. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  7. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 9 February 1946. p. 30. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ Strom, Robert (2005). Miss Peggy Lee: A Career Chronicle. McFarland. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-7864-1936-4.
  9. ^ Horricks, Raymond (2003). Gerry Mulligan's Ark. Owlet Press. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-9533800-4-6.
  10. ^ Ruppli, Michel; Porter, Bob (1 January 1980). The Prestige Label: A Discography. Greenwood Press. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-313-22019-7.
  11. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 5 September 1960. p. 32. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ Radio Daily-television Daily. Radio Daily Corporation. January 1961. p. 11.
  13. ^ The Gramophone. C. Mackenzie. 1972. p. 1400.
  14. ^ Hulme, George (1 September 2000). Mel Torme: A Chronicle of His Recordings, Books and Films. McFarland. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-7864-3743-6.
  15. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  16. ^ Jazz Journal International. Billboard Limited. 2005. p. 26.
  17. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 11, 2017.