Pennies from Heaven (song)
"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. It was recorded in the same year by Billie Holiday and afterwards performed by Doris Day, Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra, Arthur Tracy, Eddy Duchin, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Clark Terry, Frances Langford, Big Joe Turner, Lester Young, Dean Martin, Gene Ammons, The Skyliners (a hit in 1960), Legion of Mary, Guy Mitchell, and Harry James.
The July 24, 1936, recording by Bing Crosby and the Georgie Stoll Orchestra topped the charts for ten weeks in 1936 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. He recorded a new version of the song on August 17, 1936 accompanied by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Crosby recorded the song again for his 1954 album Bing: A Musical Autobiography.
- Doris Day
- Tony Danza
- Louis Armstrong – (1936, 1947)
- Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing – (1937)
- Polly Bergen and Gordon MacRae sang a medley which included "Pennies from Heaven" on her 1958 NBC variety show, The Polly Bergen Show.
- Dave Brubeck Quartet- " Brubeck Time " (1954)
- Dave Brubeck with Paul Desmond – The Dave Brubeck Quartet at Carnegie Hall (1963)
- Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra – (1936)
- Stan Getz with Oscar Peterson – Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio (1975)
- Billie Holiday's version was used in the 1994 film Corrina, Corrina (1994) and appears on the soundtrack.
- Regis Philbin sang this song for the soundtrack to the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
- Louis Prima – The Call of the Wildest (1957)
- Jimmy Raney with Sonny Clark – Jimmy Raney Quartet (1954)
- Marc Secara recorded the song on You're Everything
- Frank Sinatra recorded two versions, the first one in 1956 with a Nelson Riddle for the "Songs For Swinging Lovers " LP and a second one with Count Basie – Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First (1962)
- The Skyliners (1960) - In the US, this version reached #24 on the Hot 100.
- Seth MacFarlane - Sing
- Led Zeppelin included several lines of the song during live performances of "Dazed and Confused", most notably during their 1971 tour of Japan.
- "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.
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