The very best of Harry Warren (1893-1981) is presented in a double CD set for a magnificent addition, the tenth, to Retrospective’s invaluable series devoted to the great songwriters of the last century. After penning some of the 20s’ most iconic tunes, such as I Love My Baby and Pasadena, Warren lit the touch paper for the emerging Hollywood movie industry with 42nd Street in 1933, beginning a line of Busby Berkeley spectaculars and other musicals filled with such great songs as I Only Have Eyes For You, Lullaby Of Broadway, Jeepers Creepers, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, September In The Rain and I’ll String Along With You. Then came the Glenn Miller evergreens Chattanooga Choo-Choo, I’ve Gotta Gal In Kalamazoo and so on, and wartime classics like You’ll Never Know – a phenomenal spread of hits from 1922 to 1957. As with each of the songwriter issues, the roster of artists is phenomenal, chosen (except for the opening Rose Of The Rio Grande) from singers of the time of each song’s publication. They include Warren’s great champions Dick Powell and Bing Crosby, alongside Dick Haymes, The Boswell Sisters, Fred Waring, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Vera Lynn, Fred Astaire and many others.
DISC ONE (1922-1936): Rose Of The Rio Grande – Ivie Anderson; Pasadena – Al Jolson; I Love My Baby – Aileen Stanley; One Sweet Letter From You – Kate Smith; Nagasaki – Sam Lanin; Cryin’ For The Carolines – Fred Waring; Cheerful Little Earful – Seger Ellis; Would You Like To Take A Walk? – Frank Crumit; By The River Sainte Marie – Guy Lombardo; I Found A Million-Dollar Baby – Fred Waring; You’re My Everything – Russ Columbo; Forty-Second Street – The Boswell Sisters; You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me – Bing Crosby; Shuffle Off To Buffalo – The Boswell Sisters; We’re In The Money – Dick Powell; The Shadow Waltz – Dick Powell; I’ve Got To Sing A Torch Song – Dick Powell; Keep Young And Beautiful – Denny Dennis; The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Jan Garber; I’ll String Along With You – Dick Powell; I Only Have Eyes For You – Hutch; About A Quarter To Nine – Ozzie Nelson; She’s A Latin From Manhattan – Victor Young; I’ll Sing You A Thousand Love Songs – Denny Dennis; Lullaby Of Broadway – Dick Powell; -
DISC TWO (1935-1957): Lulu’s Back In Town – Fats Waller; September In The Rain – James Melton; How Could You? – Billie Holiday; Remember Me? – Bing Crosby; You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby – Bing Crosby; Jeepers Creepers – Louis Armstrong; Down Argentina Way – Bob Crosby; I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi, I Like You Very Much – Carmen Miranda; Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Glenn Miller; I Had The Craziest Dream – Helen Forrest; At Last – Glenn Miller; I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller; Serenade In Blue – Glenn Miller; There Will Never Be Another You – The Andrews Sisters; You’ll Never Know – Vera Lynn; My Heart Tells Me – Glen Gray; No Love, No Nothing – Ella Mae Morse; I Wish I Knew – Dick Haymes; The More I See You – Dick Haymes; This Heart Of Mine – Fred Astaire; On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fé – Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers; This Is Always – Jo Stafford; Canadian Capers - Doris Day; Zing A Little Zong - Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman; That’s Amore - Dean Martin; An Affair To Remember - Vic Damone;