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re: LAST NIGHT’S STAR-STUDDED ONE-NIGHT-ONLY RETURN OF “THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW” RAISES OVER $600,000 IN SUPPORT OF THE ACTORS FUND
Posted by: claploudly 04:16 pm EDT 03/23/20
In reply to: LAST NIGHT’S STAR-STUDDED ONE-NIGHT-ONLY RETURN OF “THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW” RAISES OVER $600,000 IN SUPPORT OF THE ACTORS FUND - Official_Press_Release 03:12 pm EDT 03/23/20

Shouldn't anyone responsible for this press release know that "Smile" which Nat King Cole recorded, had a melody composed by Charlie Chaplin for his film Modern Times in 1936, and lyrics and even the TITLE added by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons in 1954.

But this is a very common mistake. It is really sad how many people will say "Frank Sinatra's 'New York, New York," when it was written by Kander & Ebb for Liza Minnelli in her movie of the same name. And she, of course, sang the correct lyrics, unlike Mr. Sinatra who screwed up a line while recording it and refused to do another take, much to the objection of the conductor. So that is sadly the version that the world now sings which makes me wince. Or Bette Midler's The Rose, instead of Amanda McBroom's The Rose. etc.

Many other recordings of Smile followed Mr. Cole including Dino, Dinah Washington, Jimmy Durante, and his daughter Natalie, etc. As founder of the non-profit, American Songbook Today, I am always disappointed that no one ever knows who wrote a song, but only who recorded it. Yet same (thankfully) can't be said about our plays. People know it as Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, not Lee J. Cobb's Death of a Salesman; as Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, not Jessica Tandy's nor Marlon Brando's A Streetcar Named Desire; Neil Simon's Odd Couple not Art Carney and Walter Matthau's Odd Couple. Yet our American songs are by far our most popular cultural art form, not our plays. And the art form for which the world knows us, not our plays. You can find courses in the History of American Theatre at hundreds of colleges, but I know of no such courses in the History of the American Songbook. So sad and so dismissive of the great songwriters of our country. When this pandemic is over, I hope to be teaching one. Michael Estwanik, former president of MAC and founder of The American Songbook Project, now residing in Ojai, CA, Just an hour and 15 minutes northwest of LA.
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