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  1. scott
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    EXCELLENT list! Just what I was looking for… Songs that existed before the movies were made, as opposed to written for the movie itself, or afterwards.
    I particularly look for the connection between popular (theater-released) movies and Broadway, Jazz, or Pop Standards, and your list seems to have centered on these, and not more obscure songs.
    Here are some of my favorites I don’t think are on your list, many from the time I was young, & (very!) single, seeing 60+ movies a year in theaters, and started noticing this pattern…

    Someone To Watch Over Me (1987) – Geo./Ira Gershwin [Oh, Kay!] (1926)
    Some Kind Of Wonderful (1987) – [I prefer the 1961 Drifters (Goffin/King) version as the comparison, vs. the 1967 Soul Brothers Six / 1974 Grand Funk RR version]
    Chances Are (1988) – Johnny Mathis (1957)
    Pretty Woman (1990) – Roy Orbison (1964)
    It Could Happen To You (1994) – Dorothy Lamour (in film) & Jo Stafford (Pop charts) (1944) [and many others, subsequently, such as Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Brubeck, Sinatra, Diana Krall, et al.]
    Only You (1994) – The Platters (1954) / Ringo Starr (1974)
    It Had To Be You (2000) – Isham Jones/Gus Kahn pop song (1924); in films (1936, 1939, 1951); Dorothy Lamour & orch. [Lou Bring, cond.] (1940), Doris Day (1951), Ray Charles (1959), Andy Williams (1965)… and many other greats: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, et al. — [a true Standard tune, to be sure!]
    Hope you find these to be interesting additions, (although since 2011 you must have run into many more examples….) Cheers! -SS

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