Pennies from Heaven (song)

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"Pennies from Heaven"
Single by Bing Crosby and the Georgie Stoll Orchestra[1]
B-side"Let's Call A Heart A Heart"
PublishedOctober 16, 1936 (1936-10-16),[2] Select Music Publications, Inc., New York[3]
ReleasedOctober 1936 (1936-10)
RecordedJuly 24, 1936 (1936-07-24)[4]
StudioRecordings Incorporated Studios, 5505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California[1]
GenrePopular music
Length3:08
LabelDecca 947
Composer(s)Arthur Johnston
Lyricist(s)Johnny Burke

"Pennies from Heaven" is a 1936 American popular song with music by Arthur Johnston and lyrics by Johnny Burke. It was introduced by Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra in the 1936 film of the same name.[5][6]

Background[edit]

It was recorded in 1936 by Billie Holiday and afterwards performed by Doris Day, Arthur Tracy, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Clark Terry, Big Joe Turner, Lester Young, Dean Martin, Gene Ammons, The Skyliners (a hit in 1960),[7] Legion of Mary, Guy Mitchell, and Harry James.

The July 24, 1936, recording by Bing Crosby and the Georgie Stoll Orchestra[1][8] topped the charts for ten weeks in 1936[8][9] and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. He recorded another version on August 17, accompanied by Louis Armstrong, Frances Langford and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Crosby recorded the song again for his 1954 album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

The recording by Louis Prima on the soundtrack of the 2003 movie Elf helped bring the song to prominence to new generations.

Other versions[edit]

On July 21, 1936 at Victor's Hollywood Studio, Eddy Duchin and his Orchestra made the first recording of "Pennies from Heaven."[10] It was released on October 14, 1936 on Victor 25431[11] and rose to number 2 on the Billboard charts.[9] Jimmy Dorsey also recorded it on August 4,[12] released on Decca 951 in October, and made the chart for one week in December.[9] Then Crosby and Dorsey, along with Louis Armstrong and Frances Langford, made another recording for Decca on August 17,[13] released in October on a 12" Shellac pressing only.[14][15]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A Bing Crosby Discography". BingMagazine.co.uk. UK: International Club Crosby. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  2. ^ Library of Congress. Copyright Office. (1936). Catalog of Copyright Entries 1936 Musical Compositions Fine Arts New Series Vol 31 Pt 3 For the Year 1936. United States Copyright Office. U.S. Govt. Print. Off.
  3. ^ "Items tagged with "Select Music Publications, Inc., Brill Bldg., 1619 Broadway" | Levy Music Collection". levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  4. ^ "Decca matrix DLA 463. Pennies from heaven / Bing Crosby - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  5. ^ "Pennies from Heaven (1936)". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019. Pennies from Heaven is not full of out-and-out song classics, but its score by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston is enjoyable and features ... the title song, which was nominated for an Oscar but lost to Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields's 'The Way You Look Tonight', from Swing Time.
  6. ^ Bush, John. "Bing Crosby, George Stoll: 'Pennies from Heaven'". AllMusic.com. Archived from the original on August 25, 2019. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 774.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 334–335. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  9. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890–1954. Wisconsin: Record Research. p. 105. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  10. ^ "Victor matrix PBS-97624. Pennies from heaven / Eddy Duchin Orchestra - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  11. ^ "Victor 25431 (Black label (popular) 10-in. double-faced) - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  12. ^ "Decca matrix DLA 519. Pennies from heaven / Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  13. ^ "Decca matrix DLA 580. Pennies from heaven / Louis Armstrong ; Bing Crosby ; Frances Langford - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  14. ^ "Decca matrix DLA 580. Pennies from heaven / Louis Armstrong ; Bing Crosby ; Frances Langford - Discography of American Historical Recordings". adp.library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  15. ^ "DECCA (USA) 15000 series 78rpm numerical listing discography". www.78discography.com. Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  16. ^ "The Polly Bergen Show". Classic Television Archives. Archived from the original on 2011-10-08. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  17. ^ "Corrina Corrina [Original Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  18. ^ "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: The Album - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  19. ^ "New Album Release 2008 – You're Everything!". Marcsecara.de. Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  20. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 774.