Jazz Standards at the Movies: Bing Crosby – “Swinging on a Star” from Going My Way (1944)

MV5BMTUxNjU1NjMwM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTA0NjM5._V1_SX214_AL_“Swinging on a Star” was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Bing Crosby sang it in the 1944 film Going My Way.  It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song that year.

Here’s an interesting tidbit from SongFacts:

Partnered with lyricist Sammy Cahn, Van Heusen was a frequent composer for Frank Sinatra, penning hits like “All The Way,” “My Kind of Town,” “High Hopes,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” and “(Love Is) a Tender Trap.” Sinatra would also cover “Swinging on a Star” for his 1964 album Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners, in an arrangement by Nelson Riddle.

“Swinging on a Star” is, of course, a much recorded jazz standard.

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