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Reader's Digest

All-Time Favourites Songbook MUSIC ARRANGED AND EDITED BY DAN FOX

Published by The Reader's Digest Association limited, London


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How your Songbook Programmed for Pleasure

Everybody enjoys hearing music over the radio or on records or tapes; we even make folk heroes out of unusually gifted interpreters of songs, whether singers or instrumentalists. Yet there is nothing about music so satisfying as the involvement of playing and singing great songs together. Great in the sense of soaring melodies, rhythmic dances, dreamy romantic ballads - all the glittering facets of the musical diamond. This involvement in music is what the Reader's Digest All-Time Favourites Songbook is all about. Here, we give you a unique collection of 97 favourites for endless evenings of fun, relaxation and excitement. And this is what we mean when we say unique: in no other songbook will you find a selection of songs so enticingly programmed, with such easy and adaptable arrangements, with surprising musical twists. You will find they are simple to play and will delight your friends. We are really proud not only of the songs we have selected but of the way we are presenting them to you. And we are sure you will be pleased, too, when you run through the first few of these up-to-the-minute arrangements. Actually, simply by opening it, you will see one reason why the All-Time Favourites Songbook is something special. Rather than being stitched and bound together, the pages are hinged on a spiral binding that allows them to lie flat on a music rack. The result: no need to flatten down pages yourself and no danger of damaging the book's spine. Also, of the 97 selections included, no fewer than 57 have been so organised that they fit completely on either one or two pages, thereby eliminating page turning in the middle of a song. This has been accomplished not by reducing the size of the typeface but by omitting the rarely played introductory verses or forestrains as well as any superfluous harmonic embellishments that might prove difficult for the average performer. On the other hand, the more

experienced performer will probably want to add his own imaginative elaborations. Selecting just the right songs for a well-balanced compendium resulted in a list of 97 songs that constitute virtually an all-time musical hit parade. These are the songs that are almost as meaningful to us as pictures in a family album or pages in a diary. We have danced to them, sung them in schools, on birthdays, at sing-alongs, at family reunions, and at all kinds of social events. There is hardly one here that will fail to stir your memory of some treasured past event. We hope we have also increased your enjoyment of this songbook with the introductory paragraphs you will find with the songs in the book. These are crammed with stories about how a song was born, how it was introduced to the public, what musical and lyrical qualities have given the song its distinction. Some players may want to read them aloud before the group singing gets underway. To make sure that these songs appear in the most useful and enjoyable way possible, the editors have been guided by the concept of pleasure programming. One of the features on this unique and exclusive Reader's Digest approach to music is to group together songs with common chronological' and musical traits. In this book, they fall into six major categories: 1. Down Memory Lane . .. Wonderfully nostalgic numbers which include favourites from before the First World War, the hectic days of the Jazz Age, and the 'protest' years after the Second World War.

2. Melodies /rom the Tuneful Twenties .,. Memorable music and lyrics from the pens of the giants of musical shows: George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Vincent Youmans, Ray Henderson, and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.


3. All-time Hits of the Thirties ... Haunting themes from dramatic hits, and hit tunes from the screen's happiest musicals ... Fond recollections of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing, Eddie Cantor singing, and the lovely, lilting voice of British musical comedy star Jessie Matthews.

4. Favourites from the Forties . .. From Second World War hits such as the Beer Barrel Polka (better known as Roll Out The Barrel) to cheerful, optimistic numbers which many of us sang while growing up after the war. 5. Yesterday'S Hits: the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies ... How often a song triggers our memory of a cenain time, a cenain place, a certain person. These lovely melodies are so familiar it seems they were topping the charts just the other day. Can it really be so long ago since their words and runes first entered our lives, and came to sum up for many of us certain magical moments moments which we will treasure forever. 6. Magic of the Movies . .. Songs sung in the floridly romantic musicals of yesterday have never lost their appeal. And they bring back some .;bewitching scenes in screen history - when stars such as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Louis Armstrong sang what became well-loved classics from the cinema.

Pleasure programming, however, does not stop with placing songs in these categories. We provide you here with many more cross-references to help you round out particular moods and occasions. Here you will find nostalgic songs and glad songs; songs for the panicular girl and songs for the particular boy; songs to stan musical panies off with a swing and songs to bring them to a close; and songs for all kinds of group singing from

barbershop-style ensembles to 'choirs'. All the arrangements have been especially created to provide easy-to-play fingering so that the average home musician can perfonn to his best advantage. Many of the pieces, chiefly the older songs, have been updated for the first time through the use of smooth, modern harmonies and intriguing rhythmic effects. Note, too, that each song has been arranged for three instruments: piano, guitar and organ. However, these arrangements can easily be adapted to any treble-clef C instrument, such as accordion, ukulele, recorder, marimba and xylophone. Most of them can also be used for the chord organ. Any guitarist - or would-be guitarist - need only read the special guitar diagrams above the staves to be able to accompany the songs. As for the organist, he should have no trouble finding the proper organ pedal merely by reading the small notes on the bass clef. The songs may also be performed on a keyboard instrument by playing the melody with the right hand and following the chord symbols to improvise a left-hand accompaniment. Piano srudents will probably recognise this as the 'popular piano' method widely used by music teachers today. It is also important to note that, in order to distinguish the melody from other symbols for the right hand, the stem of each melody note goes upward unless it stands alone. A songbook, of course, can simplify the arrangements, but it cannot play them. It can be a teaching aid, but it cannot teach. Nonetheless, everything possible has been done to assure the amateur musician's fullest enjoyment and proficiency. The rest is up to you ... Experienced pianists who have played these arrangements tell us: 'The notes seem to fall right under your fingers - no need for reaching or stretching. ' We hope you will feel the same way.

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I ndex to Songs A Foggy Day .................................................................. 239 MterYou'veGone ........................................................... 30~ Alfie ............................................................................. 252 All Of Me ..................................... ; ................................ 24~ All the Things You Are ...................................................... 100 Almost Like Being in Love ................................................. 142 April in Paris .................................................................. 110 April Showers ................................................................. 34 Autumn Leaves ............................................................... 162 Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) .................................. 134 Beyond the Sea ................. " .. ... ..... ..... ........ .. .... ... ........ .. .. . 139 Blowin' in the Wind. .. .. . .. .. .... .. ..... .. .......... .. . .. .. .. .. .. ..... ... .. .. 24 Blueberry Hill................................................................. 154 _ Blues in the Night ............................................................. 132 Bye Bye Blackbird ........................................................... 84 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man ................................................ 81 Caroli~a in the Morning... ........ ... .. .. .. .. . .. .. ....... ... ..... .. .. .. . . . .. 36 Charleston ..................................................................... 28 Charmaine ..................................................................... 178 Dancing in the Dark .......................................................... 112 Dancing on the Ceiling ...................................................... 96 Embraceable You ............................................................ 92 Fascinating Rhythm ......................................................... 78 Feelings ........................................................................ 172 For Me and My Gal .......................................................... 39 Getting To Know You ....................................................... 180 Gigi .............................................................................. 236 Heart and Soul ................................................................ 231Hello, Dolly! .................................................................. 196' I Don't Wantto Set the World on Fire ................................... 146 I Get a Kick Out of You ..................................................... 114 I Only Have Eyes for You .................................................. 244 If .................................................................................. 16 . . . If Ever I Would Leave You ........ ~ ........................................ 188 If You Were The Only Girl In The World ................................ 10 I'll See You Again .................... ............ .......... ..... .. .. .. .. . ... ... 64 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles.............................................. 12 I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover .................................... 160 In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town .......................................... 102 Isle of Capri .................................................................... 98 It Had to Be You .............................................................. 204 • It Might As Well Be Spring ................................................ 201 It's Only a Paper Moon...................................................... 223 Jeepers Creepers ................................................................ 250 Just One of Those Things ................................................... 118 Long Ago (And Far Away) ................................................. 228 • Love Is Here to Stay ......................................................... 226 Love Story Theme (Where Do I Begin) ................................... 210 Lovely to Look At ............................................................ 206 Lover, Come Back to Me ................................................... 26 . . Lulu's Back in Town ........................................................ 234 Ma (He'S Making Eyes at Me) ............................................. 50 4


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Believe ................................................................... 76.JL Manhattan ..................................................................... 20 T Mona Lisa .................... , ............................. " ................ " 128 My Funny Valentine ............... , ............... , ....... , .. .... . . .. .. .. ... 220., My Heart Stood Still ......................................................... 56 My Melancholy Baby ........................................................... 46My Prayer ............. ,. ..... .... ... .. .. .. ..... .... ........... .... .. .. .. .. ..... 104 Night and Day ................................................................ 89 Now is the Rour .............................................................. 130 Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' ............................................. 144 On the Street Where You Live ............................................. 192 One Alone .................................................................. ~.. 52 Paper Doll ..................................................................... 44 People Will Say We're In Love ............................................ 157 Puff (The Magic Dragon) ................................................... 186 Put On a Happy Face ........................................................ 184 Red Sails in the Sunset ...................................................... 94 (Roll Out The Barrel) Beer Barrel Polka .......................... ;...... 134 's Wonderful .................................... .-............................. 58 Secret Love .................................................................... 246 Send In The Clowns ......................................................... 168 Shine On, Harvest Moon ................................................... 32 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes .. , ....... , .................... " ........ , .. .. .. .. .. 86 Some Enchanted Evening .................................................. 149 Someone to Watch Over Me ................................................ 66 Summertime .................................................................. 122 Tea for Two ...................................... ..... ........ ....... .......... 74 Tenderly ....................................................................... 152 • The Blue Room ................................................................ 72 The Man I Love .............................................................. 53. The Nearness of You ........................................................ 213., The Sound of Music .......................................................... 198 The Way We Were ........................................................... 216 Thou Swell .................................................................... 70 Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ......................... 164 Till We Meet Again .......................................................... 14 Too Marvellous for Words ................................................. 242 True Love...................................................................... 208. What Is This Thing Called Love? .......................................... 60 What Now My Love ......................................................... 175 When Day Is Done.. . ... .. ... .. ..... .. .. ... .. ..... .. .. .. ....... ........ .. .. . . 42 Who's Sorry Now? ........................................................... 18 With a Song in My Heart .................. , .......................... " .. , .. 62 You Do Something to Me ................................................... 68 You Go to My Head .......................................................... 107 You'll Never Walk Alone ................................................... 125

List of Sections 1. Down Memory Lane 10-52 2. Melodies from the Tuneful Twenties 53-85 3. All-time Hits of the Thirties 8fr124

4. Favourites from the Forties 125-163 5. Yesterday's Hits: the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies 164-200 6. Magic of the Movies 201-254

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Cheerful Songs 30

Almost Like Being in Love ..................................... 142

Alfie .....................••..•••...•.•••••••.••..•.•................. 252 All the Things You Are ......... ,~.~............................. 100

Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) ..................... 134

Embraceable You .............••....•..•..••.....•............... For Me and My Gal •..........•.•• .............................. Gigi ................................................................. Hello, Dollyl ...................... ; .............................. IDon'tWanttoSettheWorldonFire ...................... lGetaKickOutofYou ... ~ ................. ; ................... I Only Have Eyes for You ...................................... If .................................................................... If Ever I Would Leave You .................................... If You Were The Only Girl In The World .................. I'll See You Again ............................................... Isle of Capri .........................•............................. It Had to Be You ................................................. Lovely to Look At ............................................... Lover, Come Back to Me ....................................... Lulu's Back in Town .................................-............ My Heart Stood Still ............................................ My Melancholy Baby ........................................... My Prayer ......................................................... Night and Day.................................................... One Alone......................................................... 'S Wonderful ..................................................... Someone to Watch Over Me ................................... Tea for Two ............................... ..... ................... The Man I Love.................................................. Thou Swell ........................................................ Till We Meet Again ........... :................................. TooMarvellousforWords ..................................... You Do Something to Me ...................................... You Go to My Head ............................... '" ....... .... When Day Is Done .............................................. With a Song in My Heart .......................................

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Carolina in the Morning ........................................ 36 Charleston......................................................... For Me and.My Gal ............................................. Getting To Know You .......................................... Hello, Dolly! ...... ............................................... I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover ....................... Jeepers Cr~pers ................................................. Lulu's Back in Town ........................................ ;... Ma (He's Making Eyes at Me) ................................. Oh, Whata Beautiful Mornin' ................................ Paper Doll............................................ ............. Puff (The Magic Dragon) ...................................... Put On a Happy Face............................................ 'S Wonderful..................................................... Tea for Two ....................................................... Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree............. You Do Something to Me ......................................

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Nostalgic Songs

All Of Me .......................................................... 248 Autumn Leaves .................................................. 162 Beyond the Sea ................................................... 139 Blueberry Hill .................................................... 154 Charmaine ........................................................ 178 I'll See You Again ............................................... 64 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ................................. 12 Isle of Capri ....................................................... 98 Just One of Those Things ...................................... 118 Love Story Theme (Where Do I Begin) ..................... 210 Lover, Come Back to Me ....................................... 26 Red Sails in the Sunset.................................... ...... 94 Shine On, Harvest Moon....................................... 32 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes ...................................... 86 Summertime ...................................................... 122.1 Tenderly........................................................... 152· The Way We Were ............................................... 216 Till We Meet Again ............................................. 14 What Now My Love .............................................. 175 When Day Is Done .............................................. 42


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Places to Sing About A Foggy Day (in London Town) .............................. April in Paris ..................................................... Beyond the Sea ................................................... Blueberry Hill .................................................... Carolina in the Morning ........................................ In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town.............................. Isle of Capri ....................................................... Manhattan......................................................... On the Street Where You Live ............................... The Blue Room ................................ ;.................

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April Showers .................................................... Charleston......................................................... Fascinating Rhythm ............................................. Hello, Dolly! ..................................................... I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover ....................... People Will Say We're In Love ................................ Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) ....................

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The Party's Over Just the Right Time (Songs for special days, months and seasons) April in Paris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April Showers .......................... ~......................... Carolina in the Morning ........................................ It Might As Well Be Spring .................................... My Funny Valentine ............................................ Night and Day.................................................... Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' ., .............................. Red Sails in the Sunset .......................................... Shine On, Harvest Moon....................................... Summertime ...................................................... When Day Is Done ..............................................

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Mter You've Gone ............................................... 30 All Of Me .......................................................... 248 Heart and Soul ................................................... 231 Long Ago (And Far Away) ..................................... 228 My Melancholy Baby ........................................... 46 My Prayer......................................................... 104 Now is the Hour ................................................. 130 Red Sails in the Sunset.......................................... 94 Send In The Clowns .............................................. 168 Some Enchanted Evening ...................................... 149 The Nearness of You ............................................ 213 Till We Meet Again ............................................. 14

Wedding Songs For Me and My Gal ............................................. I Only Have Eyes for You ...................................... If .................................................................... .. If You Were The Only Girlln The World .................. Love Is Here to Stay............................................. MyPrayer ......................................................... Night IUld Day.................................................... One Alone............ ............................................. -.:TeaforTwo ....................................................... I! The Blue Room .................................................. True Love .........................................................

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Index to First Lines A foggy day in London Town................... ............. 239 After you've gone and left me crying ..... .................... 30 All of me, why not take all of me? ............................. 248 April in Paris, chesrnuts in blossom......... ................. 110 Are the stars out tonight? ....................................... 244 Charleston, Charleston, made in Carolina ......... ......... 28 Come sweetheart mine, don't sit and pine ...... ............ 46 Dancing in the dark till the tune ends ......................... 112 Don't throw bouquets at me ...... ............................. 157 Embrace me, my sweet embraceable you! .................. 92 Fascinating rhythm, you've got me on the go! ............. 78 Feelings, nothing more than feelings ........................ 172 Fish gotto swim and birds gotto fly .......................... 81 For me and my gal, for me and my little sweetheart....... 39 Getting to know you, getting to know all about you ....... 180 Gigi, am I a fool without a mind .............................. 236 Gotta get myoid tuxedo pressed .............................. 234 Gray skies are gonna clear up ................................... 184 He dances overhead on the ceiling, near my bed .......... 96 Heart and soul I fell in love with you .............. ......... 231 Hello, Dolly, well, hello, Dolly·............................... 196 How many roads must a man walk down.................... 24 I don't want to set the world on fire ........................... 146 I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill........................... 154 I get no kick from champagne ................................. 114 I give to you and you give to me ............................... 208 I have often walked down this street before ................. 192 Itook one look at you ........................................... 56 I wonder why you keep me waiting.... . . ....... .............. 178 If ever I would leave you, it wouldn't be in summer ...... 188 If they made me a king .......................................... 16 Ifyou were the only girl in the world ......................... 10 I'll see you again whenever spring breaks through again. 64 I'm as restless as a willow in a windstorm ................... 201 I'm comin' home; I've done my time ........................ 164 I'm forever blowing bubbles ................................... 12 I'm goin' to buy a paper doll that I can call my own ....... 44 I'm looking over a four leaf clover ............................ 160 Isn't it rich? Are we a pair? ..................................... 168 It had to be you ................................................... 204 It was just one of those things .................................. 118 It's not the pale moon that excites me ........................ 213 It's only a shanty in old ShantyTown ........................ 102 It's very clear our love is here to stay ...................... ,.. 226 Jeepers Creepers! Where'd ya get those peepers? .......... 250 Long ago and far away .......................................... 228 Lovely to look at, delightful to know ........•................ 206 Ms, he's making eyes at me! ......................... .......... 50 Mem'ries light the comers of my mind ...................... 216 Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa men have named you............... 128 My funny Valentine, sweet contic Valentine ............... 220 My mama done tol' me ......................................... 132 My prayer is to linger with you ................................ 104 Night and day you are the one ................................. 89 Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina .............. 36 Now is the hour when we must say good-bye............... 130 Oh, shine on, shine on, harvest moon ....................... 32 Once I had a secret love ......................................... 246 One alone to be my own ........................................ 52 Pack up all my care and woe ................................... 84 Picture you upon my knee, just tea for two and ~b~

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Red sails in the sunset 'way out on the sea .................. 'S wonderful! 'S marvellous! You should care for me! .... Say, it's only a paper moon .................................... Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu ....................... Some enchanted evening you may see a stranger .......... Someday he'll come along, the man I love .................. .Somewhere beyond the sea somewhere waiting for me ... Summer journeys to Niag'ra ................................... Summertime, an' the livin' is easy............................ The evening breeze caressed the trees ....................... The falling leaves drift by the window ......... .............. The hills are alive with the sound of music .................. The sky was blue, and high above ............................ There's a bright golden haze on the meadow ............... There's a garden, what a garden .............................. There's a somebody I'm longing to see ...................... They asked me how I knew my true love was true ......... Thou swell! Thou witty! Thou sweet! Thou grand! ....... Though April showers may come your way ................ 'Twas on the Isle of Capri that I found her ................. We could make believe I love you ........ .... ... ..... ........ We'll have a blue room, a new room, for two room .. ..... What a day this has been! ...................................... What is this thing called love? ................................. What now my love? ............................................. What's it all about, Alfie? ...................................... When day is done and shadows fall . .......................... When you walk through a storm hold your head up high Where do I begin to tell the story ............................. Who's sorry now? .... ...... ..... ...... ........ ......... ...... .... With a song in my heart I behold your adorable face...... You are the prontised kiss of springtime... . . ..... . . ......... You do something 10 me ........................................ You go to my head and you linger like a haunting refrain You're just too marvellous .....................................

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Index to Composers Albert, Morris Feelings ....................................... 172 Arlen, Harold Blues in the Night ............................ 132 It's Only a Paper Moon ....................................... 223 Ayer, NaID. IfYrYUWere The Only Girl In The Wurld . 10 Bacharach, Burt Alfie ......................................... 252 Bayes, Nora (also written by Norworth, Jack) Shine On, HarvestMoan ..................................... 32 Becaud, Gilberl WhatNowMyLO'lJe ....................... 175 Benjantin, Bennie (also written by Durham, Eddie; Marcus, Sol; and Seiler, Eddie) I Dan't Want to Set the W urld an Fire ...................... 146 Black, Johnny S. Paper DoU ................................. 44 Boulanger, Georges (original melody adapted by Kennedy, Jintmy) My Prayer......................................... 104 Brown, L. Russell (also written by Levine, Irwin) Tie a Yellow Ribban Round the Ole Oak Tree............. 164 Brown, Lew (also written by Timm, Wladintir A.; Vejvoda, Jaromir; and Zeman, Vasek) Beer Barrel Polka (RoU Out The Barrel) .................. 134 Burnett, Ernie My Melancholy Baby ........ ... ....... ...... 46 Carntichael, Hoagy HearcandSrYUl ........................ 231 TheNearnessofYrYU ........................................... 213 Conrad, Con Ma(He'sMakingEyesatMe) .............. 50 Coots,J. Fred YrYUGotoMyHead ......................... 107


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After You've Gane ............................................. 30 Donaldson, Walter Carolina in the Murning ........... ... 36 Duke, Vernon April in Paris ................................. 110 Durham, Eddie (also written by Benjamin, Bennie; Marcus, Sol; and Seiler, Eddie) I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire ...................... 146 Dylan, Bob Bluwin' in the Wind ............................ 24 Evans, Ray (also written by Livingston, Jay) MonaLisa 128 Evans, Tolchard If ................................. ........... 16 Fain, Sammy Secret Luoe ..................................... 246 Gershwin, George A Foggy Day ............................. 239 Embraceable You .............................................. 92 Fascinating Rhythm ........................................... 78

Luoe Is Here toStay ........................................... 226 'S Wonderful ................................................... 58 Sameone to Watch Over Me .................................. 66 Summertime .................................................... 122 The Man I Love ....... ...... ....... ...... ...................... 53 Gross, Walter Tenderly ....................................... 152 Grosz, Will Isle of Capri....................................... 98 Hamlisch, Marvin The Way We Were.................. .... 216 Henderson, Ray Bye Bye Blackbird ....... ................. 84 Herman, Jerry Hello, Do/Jy! ................................. 196 Johnson, Jimmy (also by Mack, Cecil) Charleston.... ... 28 Katcher, Dr Robert When Day Is Dane ................... 42 Kellette, John William (also written by Kenbrovin, Jaan)

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ................................ 12 Kennedy, Jimmy (musical adaptation by Boulanger, Georges) My Prayer ........................................ 104 Kern, Jerome All the Things You Are ....................... 100 Can't Help Lovin' DatMan ................................. 81 Lovely to Look At .............................................. 206 LongAgo(AndFarAway) ................................... 228 Make Believe................................................... 76 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes ..................................... 86 Kosma, Joseph (also written by Mercer, Johnny; and Prevert, Jacques) Autumn Leaves ........................ 162 Lai, Francis Love Story Theme (Where Do I Begin) ...... 210 Layton, Turner (also written by Creamer, Henry) After You'veGane .............................................

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Levine, Irwin (also written by Brown, L. Russell)

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ............. 164 Lewis, AI (also written by Rose, Vincent; and Stock, Larry)

Blueberry Hill .................................................. 154 Lipton, Leonard (also written by Yarrow, Peter) Puff (The Magic Dragon) ..................................... 186 Little, Little Jack (also written by Siras, John)

InaShantyinOldShanlN Town ............................ 102 Livingston, Jay (also written by Evans, Ray) MonaLisa 128 Loewe, Frederick Almost Like Being in Love ............. 142 Gigi .............................................................. 236 If Ever I Would Leave You .................................. 188 On the Street Where You Live ............................... 192 Mack, Cecil (also written by Johnson, Jimmy) Charleston ...................................................... 28 Marcus, Sol (also written by Benjamin, Bennie; Durham, Eddie; and Seiler, Eddie) I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire ..... , ................ 146 Marks, Gerald (also written by Simons, Seymour)

All OfMe ....................................................... 248 Mercer, Johnny (also written by Kosma, Joseph; and Prevert, Jacques) Autumn Leaves ....................... 162

Meyer, GeorgeW. ForMeandMyGal ................... Norwonh, Jack (also written by Bayes, Nora)

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Pollack, Lew (also written by Repee, Erno)

Charmaine ...................................................... 178 Poner,Cole I Get a Kick Out of You ....................... 114 Just One of Those Things ..................................... Night and Day ................................................. True Love ....................................................... What Is This Thing Ca//ed Love? ........................... You Do Something to Me .....................................

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Prevert, Jacques (also written by Mercer, Johnny; and Kosma, Joseph) Autumn Leaves ......................... 162 Rape., Erno (also written by Pollack, Lew) Charmaine ., 178 Rodgers, Richard Dancing On The Ceiling................ %

Getting To Knuw You ......................................... 180 It Might As Well Be Spring .................................. 201

Manhattan...................................................... 20 My Funny Valentine .......................................... 220 My Heart Stood Still ... ..... ....... ...... ....... ......... ...... 56 Oh, What a Beautiful Murnin' ............................... 144 People Will Say We're In Love .............................. 157 Some Enchanted Evening ................................... 149 TheBIueRoom ................................................. 72 The Sound ofMusic ........................................... 198 ThouSwell................................................. ..... 70 With a Song in My Heart ..................................... 62 You'llNeverWalkA/one ..................................... 125 Romberg, Sigmund Lover, Come Back to Me ............ 26 OneA/one ....................................................... 52 Rose, Vincent (also written by Lewis, AI; and Stock, Larry) Blueberry Hill ................................................ ,. 154 Schwartz, Anhur Dancing in the Dark .................... , 112 Scott, Clement Now is the Hour...... . . ...... . ......... ..... 130 Seiler, Eddie (also written by Benjamin, Bennie; Durham, Eddie; and Marcus, Sol) I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire ...................... 146 Silvers, Louis AprilShowers ................................. 34 Simons, Seymour All Of Me ...... ........... ......... ...... 248 Siras, John (also written by Little, Little Jack)

In a ShanlN in Old ShanlN Town ............................ 102 Snyder, Ted Who's Sorry Now? ............................. 18 Sondheim, Stephen Send In The Clowns .................. 168 Stock, Larry (also written by Lewis, AI; and Rose, Vincent)

Blueberry Hill .................................................. 154 Strouse, Charles Put On a Happy Face .................... 184 Timm, Wladimir A. (also written by Brown, Lew; Vejvoda, Jaromir; and Zeman, Vasek) Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) .................. 134 Trenet, Charles Beyond the Sea .. ........................... 139 Vejvoda, Jaromir (also written by Brown, Lew; Timm, Wladitnir A.; and Zeman, Vasek) Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) .................. 134 Warren,Harry I Only Have Eyesfor You ................. 244

Jeepers Creepers ................................................ 250 Lulu's Back in Town .......................................... 234 Whiting, RichardA. TillWeMeetAgain ................. 14 Too Marvellous for Words ..................................... 242 Williams,Hugh RedSailsintheSunset .................... 94 Woods,Harry I'm Looking Over a Four LeafClover .... 160 Yarrow, Peter (also written by Lipton, Leonard)

Puff(TheMagicDragon) ..................................... 186 Zeman, Vasek (also written by Brown, Lew; Timm, Wladitnir A.; and Vejvoda, Jaromir)

Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel) ................. 134 TeaforTwo ............................. 74

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-------Section 1 . Down Memory Lane - - - - - - -

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