Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Al Dubin song)

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"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
Song by Deane Janis with Hal Kemp's Orchestra
Language English
Published 1933
Songwriter(s) Composer: Harry Warren
Lyricist: Al Dubin

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is a 1933 hit song by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Harry Warren (music), set in Paris. The narrator says "I walk along the street of sorrow/The Boulevard of Broken Dreams/Where gigolo and gigolette/Can take a kiss without regret/So they forget their broken dreams."

The song appeared in the 1934 film Moulin Rouge and was sung in the film by Constance Bennett. However, Bennett never made a recording of the song. It was originally recorded by Deane Janis with Hal Kemp's Orchestra on October 31, 1933, in Chicago before the release of the film and was issued on the Brunswick label as catalog number 6734.[1]

Boulevard of Broken Dreams served as the title tune for a stage musical which played 11 February - 9 March 2003 at the Coconut Grove Playhouse: featuring a libretto by Joel Kimmel the play was based on the life of composer Al Dubin - played by Jordan Bennett - and featured a number of Dubin compositions as its score.[2]

The song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" has been added to the score of the stage musical 42nd Street for its 2017 West End run being performed by Sheena Easton in the character of Dorothy Brock: the Daily Express opined that "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" seemed "out of place" in 42nd Street while stating that Easton sang the song "splendidly".[3]

This piece is written as a tango in the harmonic minor scale. The song is in the key of E minor.

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  1. ^ Liner notes from the album Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? American Song During the Great Depression Archived December 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (PDF). newworldrecords.org. New World Records, p. 12
  2. ^ http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/the-avenue-hes-takin-you-to-6348999
  3. ^ http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/789192/Theatre-reviews-42nd-Street-The-Goat
  4. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone. BLUEBIRD numerical listings 5000 - 5500 Online Discographical Project. Retrieved June 1, 2011
  5. ^ Ted Weems and his Orchestra: Discography redhotjazz.com
  6. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone. Victor 24000 - 24500 Numerical Listing 1932 - 1933 Online Discographical Project. Retrieved June 1, 2011
  7. ^ Song artist 629 - Jan Garber Archived August 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone. Conqueror records 8000 - 8500 Online Discographical Project. Retrieved June 1, 2011
  9. ^ Van der Kolff, Frans.Bing Crosby: A Sonography bingmagazine.co.uk
  10. ^ Abrams, Steven and Settlemier, Tyrone. Brunswick 6000 Series Numerical Listing Online Discographical Project. Retrieved June 1, 2011
  11. ^ Auction catalog: Connie Boswell - 335 Carioca/Boulevard of Broken Dreams. page 5. docstoc.com. January 31, 2012.
  12. ^ Photo scan of 10-inch 78rpm "Carioca" (01783A) / "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (01783B) auctiva.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012
  13. ^ Great Songs from 1934 Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Brunswick 01721
  14. ^ Moonglow (Music, 1939). OCLC 166342322. worldcat.org. Retrieved December 3, 2012
  15. ^ Nat King Cole, Just Call Him King, le Chant du Monde, 2013
  16. ^ King Cole Trio, Transcriptions, Blue Note, 2005
  17. ^ Bennett, Tony (1998). The Good Life: the autobiography of Tony Bennett. NYC: Simon & Schuster. pp. 102, 265. ISBN 978-1-4165-7366-1. 
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Cafe-Jacques-Boulevard-Of-Broken-Dreams/release/2798217 Retrieved January 2, 2014