"HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN" is a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc./Advanced Music Corp. The song was recorded by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, with Lou Levin, vocal (November 1929), and was featured in the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows . The song concluded the picture, in what film historian Edwin Bradley described as a "pull-out-all-the-stops Technicolor finale, against a Great War Armistice show-within-a-show backdrop." This early example of 2-strip Technicolor footage was, along with another Technicolor sequence, later cut from the 1931 re-edited release of the otherwise black-and-white film, and is believed to have been lost in the 1967 MGM Vault 7 fire .
* 1.1 Official Streisand versions
* 2 Other versions * 3 In popular culture * 4 References * 5 External links
BARBRA STREISAND VERSION
"HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN"
SINGLE BY BARBRA STREISAND
FROM THE ALBUM THE BARBRA STREISAND ALBUM
B-SIDE " When the Sun Comes Out "
RELEASED November 1962
FORMAT 7-inch single
COMPOSER(S) Milton Ager
LYRICIST(S) Jack Yellen
BARBRA STREISAND SINGLES CHRONOLOGY
Another popular recordings of the song was Barbra Streisand\'s , made 33 years after its first recording. While the song is traditionally sung at a brisk pace, her recording is notable for how slowly and expressively she sings it.
On The Garry Moore Show , Streisand sang the song during the "That Wonderful Year" skit representing 1929. She performed it ironically as a millionaire who has just lost all of her money and enters a bar, giving the bartender her expensive jewelry in exchange for drinks.
Streisand first recorded the song in October 1962 at Columbia's NYC
studio, some months before her first album sessions. This version,
arranged and conducted by George Williams became Streisand's first
commercial single in November 1962, with "
When the Sun Comes Out " as
B-side . Only 500 copies of this single were pressed for the New
York market, and no copies were sent to radio stations. This 1962
version was re-released as a single in March 1965 as part of the "Hall
of Fame" series with the 1962 recording of "
My Coloring Book
Streisand re-recorded the song in January 1963 for her solo album
Streisand sang this song on The Judy Garland Show , in a medley with Garland\'s "Get Happy ". This live performance was included on the 2002 Streisand compilation album "Duets ".
In June 1967, Streisand performed the song for over 135,000 people at
Central Park. A recording of this performance was included on the live
A Happening in Central Park ", and later appeared on the
Streisand compilations "Barbra Streisand\'s Greatest Hits " and "The
Streisand included live versions of the song on the following live albums "Live Concert at the Forum" (1972), "One Voice" (1987), "Barbra: The Concert" (1994) "Timeless: Live in Concert " (2000) and "Streisand: Live in Concert 2006" (2007).
OFFICIAL STREISAND VERSIONS
* "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1962 Version) * "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1963 Version) (Album Version) * "Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from "A Happening In Central Park") * "Sing / Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from "Live Concert at the Forum") - 4:25 * "Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from "One Voice") * "Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from "Barbra: The Concert") * "Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from "Timeless: Live in Concert") * "Happy Days Are Here Again" (live from "Streisand: Live in Concert 2006")
Annette Hanshaw recorded it in 1930.
* In 1930, the
Comedian Harmonists recorded their popular German
Wochenend und Sonnenschein (Weekend and Sunshine, German
lyrics by Charles Amberg).
* Television and nightclub comedian
Rip Taylor has used "Happy Days
Are Here Again" for years as his theme song; the music played as he
made his entrance carry a large bag of confetti throwing handfuls at
everyone within reach.
* The song was also used as the entrance and closing theme for
Mark Russell 's PBS specials that aired from 1975–2004 and
featured topical political humor.
* A recording of the song by
Mitch Miller and the Gang was used as
the theme for the PBS sports history series The Way It Was in the
* The television show M*A*S*H used an oriental-orchestrated version
of the song on multiple episodes early in the series, in which the
female vocalist would sing the verses in Japanese while singing the
title in English.
* The song was used as a jingle in
TV commercials for the Volkswagen
Rabbit economy family car in 1975.
Miss New York 1983
Vanessa L. Williams performed the song during
the talent competition of the
Miss America 1984 pageant. Williams went
on to win both a preliminary talent award and was crowned Miss America
Ovaltineys cover of the song was featured in the 1981
Goliath Awaits .
Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of
Concord, CA used the song
to open their 1988 Program and was used again in 2009 as part of their
program entitled "1930".
* Walter Strony used the song to open his concert at Chicago Stadium
for the 1993 ATOS National Convention
* The medley version with
IN POPULAR CULTURE
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Today, the song is probably best remembered as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt 's successful 1932 presidential campaign. According to Time magazine, it gained prominence after a spontaneous decision by Roosevelt's advisers to play it at the 1932 Democratic National Convention , and went on to become the Democratic Party 's "unofficial theme song for years to come". The song is also associated with the Repeal of Prohibition , which occurred shortly after Roosevelt's election where there were signs saying "Happy days are beer again" and so on.
Matthew Greenwald described the song as " true saloon standard, a Tin Pan Alley standard, and had been sung by virtually every interpreter since the 1940s. In a way, it's the pop version of "Auld Lang Syne ".
The song is number 47 on the Recording Industry Association of America 's list of " Songs of the Century ".
As of 2006 , 76 commercially released albums include versions of the song. The song has appeared in over 80 films, including many from the 1930s.
* ^ Jack Yellen’s song catalog at Songwriters Hall of Fame * ^ New York Times film review * ^ p. 213, Bradley, Edwin M. (July 1996). The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography of 171 Features, 1927-1932. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-89950-945-7 . * ^ "Chasing Rainbows (1930) - Trivia". IMDb. Retrieved August 28, 2011. * ^ Chasing Rainbows (article about the 1930 film) * ^ * ^ Singleton, Don (1983-09-18). "Vanessa Williams is crowned the first African-American Miss America in 1983". New York Daily News . Retrieved 2015-09-14. * ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082461/soundtrack?ref_=tt_trv_snd * ^ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/10/glee-recap-dueting-for-breadsticks.html * ^ http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=dc3ed1be-0de5-47e6-890c-495a81f934eb * ^ Claire Suddath * ^ https://www.google.ie/search?q=happy+days+are+beer+again&biw=1366&bih=667&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=4nCYVaKFHoro-QHbyJTgDQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoATgK#imgrc=_ * ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Happy Days Are Here Again". All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved October 26, 2006. * ^ "Song Search Results: "Happy Days Are Here Again"". All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved November 11, 2006.