My Shining Hour

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"My Shining Hour" is a song composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer for the film The Sky's the Limit (1943). In the film, the song is sung by Sally Sweetland, who dubbed it for actress Joan Leslie. The orchestra was led by Freddie Slack.[1] "My Shining Hour" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song but lost to "You'll Never Know".[2]

The film was released on July 13, 1943.[3] The song became a hit by Glen Gray with Eugenie Baird as vocalist reaching No. 4 in the Billboard charts. [4] The song's title may have been a reference to Winston Churchill's speech to British citizens during World War II: "if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour."[1]

In the 1944 film Youth Runs Wild an instrumental version of the song plays during a scene with Kent Smith and Glen Vernon.[5] The song was also used in the film Radio Stars on Parade (1945) when it was sung by Frances Langford accompanied by the Skinnay Ennis orchestra.[6]

Other notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mueller, John (1986). Astaire Dancing - The Musical Films. London: Hamish Hamilton. p. 229. ISBN 0-241-11749-6.
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  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 185. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  5. ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Internet Movie Database". Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "". Retrieved December 19, 2018.