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1928 - The U.S. dollar began to shrink. New bills, one third smaller than previous bucks, were issued by the U.S. Treasury Department.
1949 - "Martin Kane, Private Eye" was first heard on Mutual radio. William Gargan starred on the Sunday afternoon program.
1987 - "Back to the Beach" opened at theatres around the country. The film reunited Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, who played middle-aged parents with rebellious kids -- kids like Frankie and Annette had played in their "Bikini Beach" movies in the 1960s.
1997 - Garth Brooks played to a crowd estimated at between 250,000 and 900,000 -- with an HBO audience of more than 15 million. The crowd at the free concert, was the laregest ever for a concert in New York’s Central Park. Said Garth of the preparations required, “We rehearse indoors at a place here in New York. Then we rehearse with no sound for the camera guys, so they will hopefully be in the vicinity of what’s going on. And then the rest of it’s really, man, just fly by the seat of your pants. You know, once the show starts, all the rules are out the window.”
1975 - The Rolling Stones received a gold album for "Made in the Shade".
Chart Toppers - August 7 1950Bewitched - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)Mona Lisa - Nat King ColeCount Every Star - The Ray Anthony Orchestra (vocal: Dick Noel)Mississippi - Red Foley1958Poor Little Fool - Ricky NelsonPatricia - Perez PradoNel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico ModugnoAlone with You - Faron Young1966Wild Thing - The TroggsLil’ Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & The PharoahsSummer in the City - The Lovin’ SpoonfulThink of Me - Buck Owens1974Annie’s Song - John DenverDon’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me - Elton JohnFeel like Makin’ Love - Roberta FlackRub It In - Billy "Crash" Craddock1982Eye of the Tiger - SurvivorHurts So Good - John CougarAbracadabra - The Steve Miller BandHonky Tonkin’ - Hank Williams, Jr.1990Vision of Love - Mariah CareyCradle of Love - Billy IdolRub You the Right Way - Johnny GillGood Times - Dan Seals kittencaboudle
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1987 - The opening ceremonies of the Pan American Games were held in Indianapolis, Indiana. A two-hour extravaganza called "The Magic that’s America" was presented at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The big show included some 6,000 volunteer performers and stagehands who joined a 20,000-piece, animated, card section, along with 80 Disney characters and a 1,027-piece band.
1471 Death of Thomas Kempis, 91, Dutch mystic and devotional author. Though most of his years were outwardly uneventful, his book "The Imitation of Christ" remains in print today, a guide to cultivating the inner human spirit. 1518 German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: 'The Lord will provide with the trial a way out.' 1845 Birth of Thomas Koschat, Austrian sacred composer. One of his scores became the hymn tune POLAND, to which is commonly sung "The King of Love My Shepherd Is." 1852 The roots of the Baptist General Conference were planted when Swedish immigrant pastor Gustaf Palmquist baptized his first three converts in the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois. Today, the denomination numbers about 140,000. 1910 The Sacred Congregation of the Sacraments in the Vatican issued the decree "Quam singulari," which recommended that children be permitted to receive Holy Communion as soon as they reached the "age of discretion" (i.e., about age 7).
Patents and Inventions1854 - Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges
Sports Events1903 - In 11th an old black ball is put into play against Cleve, Tigers' Nap Lajoie protests ignored, he hurls ball out of park & forfeits game
1922 - Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies) 1930 - St Louis Cards are 12 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant 1931 - Wash Senator Bob Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0
1961 - Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario 1961 - Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ 1963 - LA Dodgers F Howard & B Skowron are 3rd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
Plays, Operas and Musicals Premiers and Events
1948 - "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
Motion Picture Events
Music Events1923 - Benny Goodman was 14 years old as he began his professional career as a clarinet player. He took a job in a band on a Chicago-based excursion boat on Lake Michigan. 1934 - Bing Crosby became the first singer to record for the newly created Decca Records. His songs, "Just A-Wearyin’ For You" and "I Love You Truly", were waxed as Decca number D-100. Place your ear next to the monitor and you’ll hear some of this classic recording... “Just a-wearyin’ for you. All the time a-feelin’ blue; Wishin’ for you, wond’rin when you’ll be comin’ home again.” We know the next verse, about “birds awake, singing for your sake” and all that, but, frankly it makes us a-wearyin’ to add it here...
1941 - Les Brown and His Band of Renown paid tribute to baseball’s ‘Yankee Clipper’, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees, with the recording of "Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio" on Okeh Records. From that time on, DiMaggio adopted the nickname, Joltin’ Joe.
1960 - "Tell Laura I Love Her", by Ray Peterson, wasn’t a big hit in Great Britain. Decca Records in England said the song was “too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility.” They destroyed 25,000 of the platters this day.
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1945 - ‘Fat Man’, a plutonium bomb carried by the U.S.A. B-29 bomber, "Bockscar", was scheduled to be dropped on the Japanese city of Kokura. It was three days after the U.S. had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The weather made visibility poor, so the aircraft passed Kokura and chose its secondary target, Nagasaki. Fat Man destroyed over half of Nagasaki and killed more than 70,000 people. This was the end of World War II. Japan surrendered unconditionally the following day.
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Patents and Inventions
Motion Picture Projector1869 - O.B. Brown of Malden, MA patented the motion-picture projector. Unfortunately, there were no films yet available. Popcorn was around, however.
1889 - Dan Rylands patents screw cap
Sport Events1877 - Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM 1888 - NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win streak record
1929 - Grover Alexander beats Phils 7-1 for his 373rd & last NL win
Plays, Operas and Musicals Premiers and Events1986 - "Me & My Girl" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 1420 performances 1986 - Marquis Theater opens at 1535 Broadway NYC 1987 - "A Chorus Line" celebrated its 5,000th performance. It was estimated that 25 million theatre goers had seen the musical since it opened in 1975. An estimated 16.7 million people had seen the show on Broadway, with another 8.3 million taking in the touring production. "A Chorus Line" became the longest-running show on The Great White Way on September 29, 1983 and ended its Broadway run in 1990.
Music Events1787 - Mozart completes his "Eine small Nachtmusik"
1985 - Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle songs) for $47« million 1985 - Madonna's "Like A Virgin" became the first album by a female to be certified for 5 million sales.Chart Toppers - August 10 1945Dream - The Pied PipersI Wish I Knew - Dick HaymesIf I Loved You - Perry ComoOklahoma Hills - Jack Guthrie1953No Other Love - Perry ComoI’m Walking Behind You - Eddie FisherI Believe - Frankie LaineRub-A-Dub-Dub - Hank Thompson1961Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby LewisI Like It Like That - Chris KennerLast Night - Mar-KeysI Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline1969In the Year 2525 - Zager & EvansCrystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & The ShondellsHonky Tonk Women - The Rolling StonesAll I Have to Offer You (Is Me) - Charley Pride1977I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy GibbI’m in You - Peter FramptonBest of My Love - EmotionsRollin’ with the Flow - Charlie Rich1985Shout - Tears For FearsNever Surrender - Corey HartThe Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The NewsI’m for Love - Hank Williams, Jr.
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1941 - Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded "Elmer’s Tune" on Bluebird Records.
1987 - "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" was called “the best album made during the last 20 years” by the respected music publication, "Rolling Stone" magazine. Chart Toppers - August 11 1946They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank SinatraThe Gypsy - The Ink SpotsSurrender - Perry ComoNew Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills1954Sh-Boom - The CrewcutsThe Little Shoemaker - The GaylordsIn the Chapel in the Moonlight - Kitty KallenOne by One - Kitty Wells & Red Foley1962Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil SedakaThe Loco-Motion - Little EvaAhab, the Arab - Ray StevensWolverton Mountain - Claude King1970(They Long to Be) Close to You - CarpentersMake It with You - BreadSigned, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Stevie WonderDon’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James1978Miss You - The Rolling StonesThree Times a Lady - CommodoresGrease - Frankie ValliLove or Something Like It - Kenny Rogers1986Glory of Love - Peter CeteraPapa Don’t Preach - MadonnaMad About You - Belinda CarlisleRockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain - The Judds
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Motion Picture Projector1869 - O.B. Brown of Malden, MA patented the motion-picture projector. Unfortunately, there were no films yet available. Popcorn was around, however. Kitten I know its a day old but just read it. How in the world does one invent something before there is anything to run in it? Had no idea movies were even thought of back that far must have been a very smart man.Dusty
The Frenchman Louis Lumiere is often credited as inventing the first motion picture camera in 1895. But in truth, several others had made similar inventions around the same time as Lumiere. What Lumiere invented was a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit and projector called the Cinematographe, three functions covered in one invention.
The Cinematographe made motion pictures very popular, and it could be better be said that Lumiere's invention began the motion picture era. In 1895, Lumiere and his brother were the first to present projected, moving, photographic, pictures to a paying audience of more that one person.
The Lumiere brothers were not the first to project film. In 1891, the Edison company successfully demonstrated the Kinetoscope, which enabled one person at a time to view moving pictures. Later in 1896, Edison showed his improved Vitascope projector and it was the first commercially, successful, projector in the U.S..
"The cinema is an invention without a future" - Louis Lumière
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1924 - The first country music record to sell one million copies reached that point on this day. It was "The Prisoner’s Song", recorded by Vernon Dalhart. "The Prisoner’s Song" and songs like "Molly Darling", "Death of Floyd Collins" and "New River Train" helped Dalhart outsell all others during his era (about 75 million records). He became a Country Music Hall of Famer in 1981.
1952 - The original version of "Hound Dog" was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton. It was the first hit for the song-writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Musician-composer Johnny Otis ("Willie and the Hand Jive") said he helped Leiber and Stoller with the writing of "Hound Dog". All was fine as long as Big Mama Thornton was doin’ the singing (Otis was her producer); but as soon as the Elvis version started bringing in the bucks, Otis was cut out of the picture. Otis went to court but lost the suit.
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1933 - WLW in Cincinnati, OH premiered "Ma Perkins". Just four months later, "Ma" moved to WMAQ Radio in Chicago and was heard over the entire NBC radio network. Virginia Payne was 23 years old when she started in the title role. Ma Perkins operated a lumberyard in Rushville Center. Her children were Evey, Fay and John (who was killed in the war). One of the other characters in the show was Shuffle Shober. Virginia Payne played Ma Perkins for 27 years -- and 7,065 episodes.
1945 - CBS radio began the series, "Columbia Presents Corwin". Orson Welles did a special reading about the fall of Japan, titled, "Fourteen August".
1947 - Mildred ‘Babe’ Didrikson Zaharias turned golfing professional in order to accept $300,000 for a series of golf movies.
1998 - "The Avengers" opened in U.S. theatres. Academy Award nominees Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman played John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel (the British agent and his clever partner). Based on the 1960s TV series, the movie version had Oscar-winner Sean Connery playing the “devilishly clever and completely evil” Sir August De Wynter. But all that talent didn’t pay off this time. The film cost $60 million to produce and earned only $25 million (at U.S. box offices).
1971 - Elton John put the finishing touches to his "Madman Across the Water" LP at Trident Studios, London. He recorded "Indian Sunset", "Rotten Peaches" and the title song, "Madman Across the Water". "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Razor Face", "Holiday Inn", "All the Nasties" and "Goodbye" had been recorded earlier. Since the album’s release on Feb 2, 1972, it has sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone.
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The father, Clement V. Rogers, was a leader within Cherokee society. A Cherokee judge, he was a Confederate veteran and served as a delegate to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. Rogers County, Oklahoma is named in honor of Clement Rogers. He served several terms on the Cherokee Senate. Clement Rogers achieved financial success as a rancher and used his influence to help soften the negative aspects of white acculturation on the tribe. Roach (1980) presents a sociological-psychological assessment of the relationship between Will and his father during the formative boyhood and teenage years. The father had high expectations for his son and desired him to be more responsible and business-minded. Will was more easygoing and oriented toward the loving affection offered by his mother Mary rather than the harshness of his father. The personality clash increased after the mother's death, and young Will went from one venture to another with little success. Only after Will won acclaim in vaudeville did the rift begin to heal, but Clem's untimely death in 1911 prohibited the full reconciliation.Will attended several schools during his childhood, including Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri from 1897 to 1898. He dropped out in the 10th grade to become a cowboy. In 1902 and 1903, Will traveled in South Africa with "Texas Jack's Wild West Show," in which he played "The Cherokee Kid" and did roping tricks. He also traveled in Australia and New Zealand with the Wirth Brothers Circus. Back in the United States in 1904, Will appeared at the World's Fairs in St. Louis and New York City. Will extended his career in entertainment, touring vaudeville circuits in America, Canada and Europe from 1905-1915. In November 1908, Will married Betty Blake, with whom he had four children (Will Jr., Mary, Jim and Fred). Betty was a loving and supportive wife to Will until his death. Bill became a World War II hero, played his father in two films, and became a member of Congress. Mary became a Broadway actress, and Jim was a newspaperman and rancher; Fred died of diphtheria at age two. The family lived in New York, but they managed to make it home to Oklahoma during the summers. In 1911, Rogers bought a 20-acre (8.1 hectare) ranch near Claremore, Oklahoma, which he intended to use as his retirement home, for US$500 per acre.In the fall of 1915, Rogers began to appear in Florenz Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. The variety revue began at midnight in the top-floor night club of Ziegfeld's New Amsterdam Theatre, and drew many influential—and regular—customers. By this time, Rogers had refined his act to a science. His monologues on the news of the day followed a similar routine every night. He appeared on stage in his cowboy outfit, nonchalantly twirling his lasso, and said, "Well, what shall I talk about? I ain't got anything funny to say. All I know is what I read in the papers." He then made jokes about what he had read in that day's newspapers. The line "All I know is what I read in the papers" is often incorrectly described as Rogers's most famous punch line, when it was in fact his opening lineBy 1916, a featured star in Ziegfeld's Follies on Broadway, he moved into satire by transforming the "Ropin' Fool" to the "Talkin' Fool". At one performance, with President Woodrow Wilson in the audience, he improvised a "roast" of presidential policies that had Wilson, and the entire audience, in stitches and proved his remarkable skill at off-the-cuff, witty commentary on current events. The rest of his career he built around that skill.An editorial in The New York Times said that "Will Rogers in the Follies is carrying on the tradition of Aristophanes, and not unworthily." Rogers branched into silent films too, for Samuel Goldwyn's company Goldwyn Pictures. He made his first silent movie, Laughing Bill Hyde, filmed in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1918. Many early films were made near the major New York performing market, so Rogers could make the film, yet still rehearse and perform in the Follies. He eventually appeared in most of the Follies from 1916 to 1925. These two interests became the basis for his humor, which focused on intelligent and amusing observations about people, life, the country and the government in simple language that his audience could understand. During his years in the vaudeville circuits, as well as his time with Ziegfield Follies in 1917, Will's act evolved from the exhibition of his lasso skills that had launched his career to the development of his own unique.Rogers described these early years at the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Columbia Theater in New York City. "I got a job on Hammerstein's Roof at $140 a week for myself, my horse, and the man who looked after it. I remained on the roof for eight weeks, always getting another two week extension when Willie Hammerstein would say to me after the Monday matinee, 'you're good for two weeks more'.. . Marty Shea, the booking agent for the Columbia, came to me and asked if I wanted to play burlesque. They could use an extra attraction... I told him I would think about it, but 'Burlesque' sounded to me then as something funny." Shea and Sam A. Scribner, the general manager of the Columbia Amusement Company, approached Rogers a few days later; Shea told Scribner Rogers was getting $150 and would take $175. "'What's he carrying?' Scribner asked Shea. 'Himself, a horse, and a man'. answered Shea." Scribner replied "Give him eight weeks at $250".Rogers demonstrated multiple skills, and was an indefatigable worker. He toured the lecture circuit. The New York Times ortsyndicated his weekly newspaper column, 1922-35. Going daily in 1926 his short "Will Rogers Says" reached forty million newspaper readers. He wrote frequently for the mass-circulation upscale magazine Saturday Evening Post, where Rogers advised Americans to embrace the frontier values of neighborliness and democracy on the domestic front while remaining clear of foreign entanglements. He took a strong, highly popular stand in favor of aviation, including a military air force of the sort his flying buddy General Billy Mitchell advocated.
Rogers began a weekly column, titled "Slipping the Lariat Over," at the end of 1922. He had already published a book of wisecracks and had begun a steady stream of humor books. Through the continuing series of columns for the McNaught Syndicate between 1922 and 1935, as well as in his personal appearances and radio broadcasts, he won the loving admiration of the American people, poking jibes in witty ways at the issues of the day and prominent people—often politicians. He wrote from a non-partisan point of view and became a friend of presidents and a confidant of the great. Loved for his cool mind and warm heart, he was often considered the successor to such greats as Artemus Ward and Mark Twain. Rogers was not the first entertainer to use political humor before his audience. Others such as Broadway comedian Raymond Hitchcock and Britain's Sir Harry Lauder precede him by several years. The legendary Bob Hope is the best known political humorist to follow Rogers's example.His folksy humor and honest, intelligent observations about the government and America earned the respect of the nation. Eventually, Will roped in some nominations of his own. He declined a nomination to be governor of Oklahoma and became honorary mayor of Beverly Hills in 1925. For the 1928 election, Life magazine formed the Anti Bunk Party, in the hope that their nominee for the Presidency of the United States would not talk "bunk," as other politicians did. Will's no-nonsense spin on the political "show" made him the obvious candidate for the spoof campaign. Will, promising that he would resign if he won, wrote his observations on the election in Life and became one of the country's foremost opinion leaders. As a result of his status as a nationally beloved figure and powerful political pundit, Will also came to know many world leaders. He was a guest at the White House and a friend of Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Roosevelt.Tragically, on August 15, 1935, Will and Wiley's flight crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska, taking both of their lives. Will's untimely death shocked and saddened the nation. Initially, Will was buried in Los Angeles. However, his wife Betty built a memorial in Claremore, Oklahoma, which was dedicated in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1944 Will's body and the body of his son Fred, who died at the age of two, were moved to rest there. Betty died that same year, and rests beside her husband and son.Will Rogers' political writings and sayings continue to remain relevant to politics today, and his wit and humor continue to endear him to audiences everywhere. A musical, "The Will Rogers Follies," chronicles the life of the amazing entertainer, humorist and author and keeps his memory alive by introducing him to new audiences. The Will Rogers Institute, which provides funding for research on pulmonary diseases, was established as a fitting memorial to the man who loved all human beings. To find out more about Will Rogers, fans can visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma and the Will Rogers Dog Iron Ranch & Birthplace Home in Oologah, Oklahoma.Will Rogers was adored by the American people. He was the leading political wit of the Progressive Era, and was the top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time.Some Quotes:
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1922 - Radio station WEAF (now WFAN) began broadcasting from new studios atop the Western Electric Building in New York City. The station would later be named WNBC, then WABC, then.. oh, never mind...
1939 - "Lights Out", radio’s “ultimate horror show,” was heard for the last time on NBC Radio. In 1942, Arch Obler brought the show back to life on CBS Radio. The show’s most familiar trademark, guaranteed to put you under the covers on a dark night was “Lights out everybody!”, followed by 12 chimes of a clock.
1954 - The first issue of "Sports Illustrated" was published. No, it wasn’t the famous swimsuit edition, and you didn’t win a telephone, radio or sports books with your paid subscription. "SI" proudly boasted that more than 250,000 subscribers had signed up for the magazine before the first issue rolled off the presses. The first cover of "Sports Illustrated" showed National League umpire, Augie Donatelli, behind the plate with two major-league stars: catcher Wes Westrum, and batter Eddie Matthews.
1977 - Elvis Presley was rushed from Graceland to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Doctors’ efforts to revive him were fruitless and he was pronounced dead (coronary arrhythmia) at 3:30 p.m. He was 42 years old. Thousands of mourning fans kept a vigil outside Graceland, the home of the King of Rock and Roll, for three days before his burial. Thousands more lined the streets of Presley's hometown on the day of his funeral. The city, the nation, the music world and fans from around the world were in shock over his passing. Even to this day, some say that Elvis didn't die -- he just wanted to get away from it all. Fans from all over have reported sightings of Elvis, from a hamburger joint in Kalamazoo, MI, to California. Presley is buried at Graceland, now a major tourist attraction.
1996 - "The Fan", from TriStar Pictures, opened in the U.S. The flick, about a very deadly game, starred Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo, Benicio Del Toro, and Patti D’arbanville Quinn. And, for those of you who like a little more intensity in your movies, Universal’s "Tales from the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood" also opened this day, with Dennis Miller, Erika Eleniak, Angie Everhart, Chris Sarandon, Corey Feldman and John Kassir. As you might expect, it was crammed with violence, gore, sexuality, nudity and strong language.
1984 - Though it didn’t make the pop music charts, a new single by Elvis Presley was released by RCA Victor Records. The song was originally recorded in 1956 at the Tupelo (MS) Fairgrounds. It was called, "Baby, Let’s Play House".
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1915 - Charles F. Kettering of Detroit, MI patented the electric, automobile self-starter. And it’s a good thing he did -- or we’d still be cranking our cars by hand.
1939 - Theatregoers first saw the magical "Wizard of Oz" in a gala premiere on this night. The first movie to use the combination of black and white and color film, starred Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale; Bert Lahr as both the Cowardly Lion and Zeke; Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow and Hunk; and Jack Haley as both the Tin Woodsman and Hickory. Originally, Buddy Ebsen was in the role of the Tin Man; but he became ill and had to leave the production before its completion. The movie was based on L. Frank Baum’s "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", which he wrote in 1900 and adapted into a musical play. Directed by Victor Fleming, the Hollywood version took an Oscar for best movie score (Harold Arlen and E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg), and for best song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
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