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My Shining Hour" is a song composed by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer for the film (1943). In the film, the song is sung by The Sky's the Limit Sally Sweetland, who dubbed it for actress Joan Leslie. The orchestra was led by Freddie Slack. "My Shining Hour" was nominated for an  Academy Award for Best Song but lost to " You'll Never Know".
The film premiered on September 2, 1943. The song became a hit by
Glen Gray with Eugenie Baird as vocalist when it entered on January 22, 1944. 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." Your Hit Parade
In the 1944 film
an instrumental version of the song plays during a scene with Youth Runs Wild Kent Smith and Glen Vernon.
Other notable recordings [ edit ]
Warren Galjour, . The Music Of Harold Arlen: The Walden Sessions 1960
Ella Fitzgerald, . Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook 1961
John Coltrane, Coltrane Jazz 1963
Nancy Wilson, Hollywood – My Way 1965
Sammy Davis Jr., Our Shining Hour 1965
Liza Minnelli, It Amazes Me 1980
Frank Sinatra, Trilogy: Past Present Future 1983
Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney Sings the Music of Harold Arlen 1993
Peggy Lee, Love Held Lightly: Rare Songs by Harold Arlen 2006 Barbra Streisand, Live in Concert 2006
References [ edit ]
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Mueller, John (1986). Astaire Dancing - The Musical Films. London: Hamish Hamilton. p. 229. ISBN 0-241-11749-6.