Thanks for the Memory

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"Thanks for the Memory"
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Published1938 by Paramount Music
Composer(s)Ralph Rainger
Lyricist(s)Leo Robin
"Thanks for the Memory"
Single by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross with Shep Fields and His Orchestra
from the album The Big Broadcast of 1938
GenreTraditional pop
Songwriter(s)Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
External audio
audio icon You may hear Dorothy Lamour singing "Thanks for the Memory" with orchestra conducted by Cy Feuer Here

"Thanks for the Memory" (1938) is a popular song composed by Ralph Rainger with lyrics by Leo Robin.[1] It was introduced in the 1938 film The Big Broadcast of 1938 by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, and recorded by Shep Fields and His Orchestra featuring John Serry Sr. on accordion in the film and vocals by Bob Goday on Bluebird Records (B-7318, 1937).[2] Dorothy Lamour's solo recording of the song was also popular, and has led to many mistakenly believing over the years that it was she who sang the tune with Hope in the film (in which Lamour also appeared).

In the film, Ross and Hope's characters are a divorced couple who encounter each other aboard a ship. Near the film's end, they poignantly sing one of the many versions of this song, recalling the ups and downs of their relationship (then they decide to get back together).

The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[1] and became Hope's signature tune, with many different lyrics adapted to any situation. In 2004, it finished No. 63 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

The song is often regarded as a companion piece to "Two Sleepy People", written in September 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Frank Loesser, also performed by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the movie Thanks for the Memory which appeared in 1939, taking its title from the success of the song.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ The American Dance Band Discography 1917–1942 Volume 1, Rust, Brian. Arlington House Publishers, New Rochelle, New York, 1975 P. 516, ISBN 0-87000-248-1 "Thanks for the Memory- vocals Bob Goday" on
  3. ^ Young, William H.; Young, Nancy K. (2005). Music of the Great Depression. ABC-CLIO. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-0-313-33230-2. Retrieved 10 November 2018.