The History Of The Song "Over The Rainbow".
Over The Rainbow
Over The Rainbow History
We all remember this iconic and wonderful song "Over The Rainbow". This has occasionally been known as "Somewhere" Over the Rainbow, and was originally sung by Judy Garland in the brilliant film, The Wizard Of Oz. It has since become her signature song and topped the American Film Institutes "100 Years, 100 Songs" list but once you have heard the other covers, you will never sing Judy Garland's version ever again!.
The music is by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz.The following artists have also covered this song. Art Pepper, Bill Frisell, Buckethead, Chris Impellitteri, Carly Simon, Doris Day, Eva Cassidy, Eric Clapton, Harry Connick, Jr.Israel, Katharine McPhee, Kimberley Locke, Julienne Irwin, Livingston Taylor, Luiza Possi, Placido Domingo, Jason Castro, Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Patti Labelle, Sylvia McNair, Shawn McDonald and Sarah Vaughan and after listening to ALL of them, I have chosen the Top 5 below. 1. Judy Garland. 2, Israel kamakawiwo'ole. 3, Leona Lewis. 4, Connie Talbot and 5, Nick Pitara.
Over The Rainbow lyrics
The song's melody and lyrics tell a story of a girl's desire to escape from the troubles and sadness of this world to a better place.
♫ Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high, There's a land that I heard of, Once in a lullaby, Somewhere over the rainbow, Skies are blue,And the dreams that you dare to dream, Really do come true, Some day I'll wish upon a star, And wake up where the clouds are far behind me, Where troubles melt like lemondrops, Away above the chimney tops, That's where you'll find me Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly, Birds fly over the rainbow, Why then, oh why can't I?, Some day I'll wish upon a star, And wake up where the clouds are far behind me, Where troubles melt like lemondrops, Away above the chimney tops, That's where you'll find me, Somewhere over the rainbow, Bluebirds fly, Birds fly over the rainbow, Why then, oh why can't I?, If happy little bluebirds fly, Beyond the rainbow, Why, oh why can't I? ♫
Judy Garland - Over The Rainbow
Judy Garland Biography
Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA. She was an American actress and singer who also had a long successful career in movies and as a singer. Judy was just sixteen when she sang this song "Over The Rainbow" for which she is best remembered for. This recording is ranked as the number one movie song of all time in the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Songs list.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole ~ Somewhere over the Rainbow
Leona Lewis - X Factor - Over The Rainbow
Leona Lewis Biography
Leona Lewis born 3 April 1985 in Stoke Newington, London . She is an English pop and R&B singer-songwriter, and winner of the third series of UK television talent show The X Factor. Leona auditioned with this song "Over the Rainbow" and totally made it her own song and easily made it through to the final stages to later being announced the winner in 2006 winning a £1 million recording contract. She was also the first British artist to debut at No.1 in the US album charts. She was mentored by Simon Cowell.
Connie Talbot - Over The Rainbow (BGT Final
Connie Talbot Biography
Connie Talbot was born 20 November 2000 in Streetly, Walsall, West Midlands, England. She is an English singer who became famous for reaching the final of the popular television show "Britain's Got Talent". Connie lost out to Paul Potts who won the show. This was Connie's version of "Over The Rainbow" which meant a lot to her because she had sung it previously at her Grandmothers funeral. Connie is such a pro and someone I hope we'll see and hear a lot more of in the future.
Nick Pitera- Over the Rainbow
Nick Pitera Biography
Nick Pitera is a computer Animation Major from from Woodbury Minnesota, USA. He entered Disney’s “Give us your voice” contest many years ago and is now famous on Youtube. These are just some of the comments he has received..."He sings better than most girls" "He is the ultimate singing mermaid man". He has a great voice and can master the low as well as very high notes perfectly and is a must view!
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