Over the Rainbow Introduction
Does anyone else find it hilarious that the Recording Industry Association of America's Song of the Century is a nursery school-friendly serenade addressed to a tiny dog? Just sayin'. Whether you're amused, enamored, or annoyed at the thought of Dorothy, Toto, and the whole Wizard of Oz thing, read on for more about the fabulous genesis of this somewhat ridiculous (but ultimately pretty amazing) show tune.
About the Song
|Artist||Judy Garland||Musician(s)||Judy Garland (vocals), the Victor Young Orchestra (instrumentals on Decca version), MGM Studio Orchestra (instrumentals on film version)|
|Album||Wizard of Oz soundtrack|
|Label||Decca (studio single), MGM (film)|
|Writer(s)||E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Harold Arlen|
|Producer(s)||Decca (single), Marilee Bradford and Bradley Flanagan (film)|
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Oh, we almost forgot. The Wizard of Oz came out. It wasn't even the first film or musical version to be adapted from L. Frank Baum's 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and, obviously, it had a lot of big news to compete with. What was so special about Dorothy, Toto, and the inhabitants of Oz that they became unforgettable icons of the 20th century—and objects of cultural interest well into the 21st?
On the ChartsThe song was listed at #1 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years…100 Songs" list recognizing important movie songs of the twentieth century.
"Over the Rainbow" was named #1 on the Recording Industry of America and National Endowment for the Arts' 2001 "Songs of the Century" list. Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" was second, and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" was third.
Garland's version of "Over The Rainbow" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1981.
Garland received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
In 2005, Yip Harburg was featured on a U.S. postage stamp for his accomplishments as a lyricist.