Around the World (1956 song)

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"Around the World"
from the film Around the World in 80 Days
Song
Written 1956
Published 1956
Writer(s) Harold Adamson
Victor Young
Recorded by Karen Akers, John Arpin, Stanley Black, Liam Burrows, Nat King Cole, The Columbia Ballroom Orchestra, Ray Conniff, Sam Cooke, Bing Crosby, Gracie Fields, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Buddy Greco, Ronnie Hilton, Joni James, Jonah Jones, James Last, Brenda Lee, The Mantovani Orchestra, The McGuire Sisters, Bette Midler, Matt Monro, Jane Morgan and The Troubadours, Emile Pandolfi, André Prévin, Louis Prima, The Shirelles, Frank Sinatra, Kay Starr, The Supremes, Paul Sullivan, The Sundowners, Billy Vaughn, Bobby Vinton, Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra, George Sanders, Nora Aunor

"Around the World" was the theme tune from the 1956 movie Around the World in 80 Days [1] In the film, only an instrumental version of the song appeared, although the vocal version has become by far the better known one. The song was written by Harold Adamson and Victor Young; Young died in 1956, several weeks after the film's release and he received the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture posthumously. [2] Young's orchestral version was a #13 hit on the Billboard charts in 1957.[3] The recording by Bing Crosby was the B-side of the Victor Young version in 1957, on Festival SP45-1274 in Australia, and was a joint charting success.

The song has been recorded, among others, by:

Popular culture[edit]

The Buddy Greco recording was the first piece of music heard in the first episode of the 2012 television series Pan Am.

The song is used multiple times in various forms throughout the 2015 Japanese animated film The Anthem of the Heart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Around the World in 80 Days (1956) - Soundtracks from Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048960/awards]
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 694. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4. 
  4. ^ a b c d British Hit Singles & Albums (18th ed.). Guinness World Records Ltd. 2004. ISBN 1-904994-00-8.