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The History Of The Song "Over The Rainbow".

Updated on October 31, 2016

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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    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Interesting concept, compu-smart, but, for me, I'll stick with the Judy Garland version. A great song!

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      Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Hi CS--love all these versions of Over the Rainbow and would you bellieve I listened to them all? Have to admit I was a little sick of the song by the end LOL but really enjoyed all the different arrangements and stylings.

      Never heard of Connie Talbot before but what an adorable child and what an amazing voice.

      Thanks for a really cool hub--this is as good as your birthday theme--maybe better..what next?????

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      shinujohn2008 8 years ago

      Very nice Song, I love to see rainbows everyday. Can you put an original photo of rain bow,so that this hub looks more beautiful. Thanks for the tips. I like your hubs.

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      shinujohn2008 8 years ago

      This photos is superb,thanks for dedicating it to me. I love friends.

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      Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      CS--had to come back to say how much I like your blog--I went via the link above and had a nice look around, bookmarkeed it too:-) Very nice design,fun,good info even some free downloads. Impressive, CS--very impressive:-)

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      Linc2010 8 years ago from Whiting, IN USA

      Very welll done article! I love your use of videos!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Nice way to spend this stormy saturday evening listening to Somewhere "Over The Rainbow". This song just automatically reminds me of the "Wizard of Oz" and all the good and the bad and the ugly names and jokes I've had to endure because I was assigned the birthname "Dorothy". Judy Garland is the only one to sing this song that could make me cry!

      Leona Lewis is amazing, not only singing "Over The Rainbow" but for "Bleeding Love" and Better In Time".

      Connie Talbot absolutely adorable.

      And I have never heard a guy sing "Over The Rainbow". I must say Nick Pitera gave me a really good laugh!

      A really nice hub,thanks Compu-smart :)

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      terenceyap07 8 years ago from Singapore

      Rock on, my friend... rock on! Keep up the great work!

      *smiles*

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      This Hub looks great! Very interesting as well. :)

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      cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I love Judy Garland and Connie Talbot, amazing talent. She is very natural.

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Thanks for an entertaining Hub, based on a great song.

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      The How To Hub 8 years ago from Australia

      I just love this song and even though the original is my fav....they are all great. Your a sweetie for putting the rainbow photo in there for your fans : )

      For me I think I love this song cause it as it takes me back in my mind....to being a kid again and when I believed there was such a thing as pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and santa clause!-lol

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      Eaglekiwi 8 years ago from -Oceania

      Just read this hub loved it !!! you are so clever

      p.s wished Id known it was here earlier ,couldn't just saved me searching for israels version.( on one of my hubs too)...unique and so melodic thumbs up!

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      Sherry Conrad 5 years ago

      Another great version of sotr was recorded by a guy named John VanWagoner on his only album entitled "Just for You". It's a simple version but seems to touch the very center of me. Simply recorded with vocal and acoustic guitar but rewardingly striking. I love his calm soothing voice.

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      Mary Jane Thomas 4 years ago

      Great hub!

      I went to see the Wizard of Oz when I went to London last year as I loved the British TV show 'Over The Rainbow' - it was Andrew Lloyd Webbers quest to find an amateur to play Dorothy on the West End. Two girls got to do it, one called Danielle Hope and one called Sophie Evans. the show ran for 19months in England

      If you wanna hear more about her check this:

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsnT4XyrI4Y

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