Music: B

Babalu

  • English lyric by S. K. Russell, music by Margarita Lecuona, 1942
  • Introduced by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
  • Two Girls and a Sailor (sung by Lina Romay with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra), 1944

The Babbitt and the Bromide

  • Words by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin, 1927
  • Introduced by Fred and Adele Astaire in the stage musical “Funny Face,” 1927
  • Ziegfeld Follies (sung and danced by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly), 1946
  • The only time Kelly and Astaire ever danced together in a regular feature film

Babes in Arms

  • Words by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, 1937
  • Introduced by Mitzi Green, Alfred Drake and Ray Heatherton in the stage musical “Babes in Arms,” 1937
  • Babes in Arms (sung and marched by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Doug McPhail, Betty Jaynes and Ensemble), 1939

Babes on Broadway

  • Words by Ralph Freed, music by Burton Lane, 1941
  • Introduced in the film Babes on Broadway by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ray McDonald, Virginia Weidler, Richard Quine, Annie Rooney and the MGM Studio Chorus, 1941

Baby, Baby, Baby

  • Words and music by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! (sung by Stella Stevens backed by The Jordanaires), 1962

Baby Come out of the Clouds

  • Written by Lee Pearl and Henry Nemo
  • Duchess of Idaho (sung by Lena Horne), 1950

Baby Doll

  • Words by Johnny Mercer, music by Harry Warren
  • The Belle of New York (sung by Fred Astaire, danced by Fred and Vera-Ellen), 1952

Baby Face

  • Words and music by Benny Davis and Harry Akst, 1926
  • Popularized by Eddie Cantor
  • Glorifying the American Girl (sung by Mary Eaton), 1930
  • Jolson Sings Again (Al Jolson dubbing for Larry Parks), 1949
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (performed by Julie Andrews), 1967

Baby I Don’t Care

  • Words and music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, ~1957
  • Jailhouse Rock (sung by Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires), 1957

Baby If You’ll Give Me All Your Love

  • Words and music by Joy Byers, 1967
  • Double Trouble (sung by Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires), 1967

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

  • Words and music by Frank Loesser, 1949
  • Introduced in the film Neptune’s Daughter by Ricardo Montalban with
  • Esther Williams, Red Skelton and Betty Garrett, 1949
  • Won Best Song Academy Award for 1949
  • Popularized by Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark
  • Recorded by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting

Baby, Let Me Take You Dreaming

  • aka “I’ll Take You Dreaming”
  • Words by Sylvia Fine and Sammy Cahn, music by Sylvia Fine, ~1956
  • The Court Jester (sung by Danny Kaye), 1956

Baby Take a Bow

  • Words by Lew Brown, music by Lew Brown and Jay Gorney, 1934
  • Stand Up and Cheer (sung and danced by James Dunn, Shirley Temple and Chorus), 1935
  • Young People (sung by Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood [with slightly modified lyric], then sung by Jack Oakie and Shirley Temple [with the help of a double and inserts of the “Baby Take a Bow” number from the film Stand Up and Cheer]), 1940

Baby, You Knock Me Out

  • Words by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by André Previn, 1955
  • It’s Always Fair Weather (performed by Cyd Charisse and Chorus, Carol Richards dubbing for Charisse), 1955

Baby, You’ll Never Be Sorry

  • Words by Leo Robin, music by Jule Styne, 1951
  • Two Tickets to Broadway (sung by Gloria DeHaven and Eddie Bracken), 1951

Baby You’re a Rich Man

  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1967
  • Yellow Submarine (sung by The Beatles), 1968

Bach Invention #1

  • Words by Sammy Cahn, music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Jule Styne, 1947
  • It Happened in Brooklyn (sung by Kathryn Grayson and students, joined by Frank Sinatra at the end), 1947

Back, Back, Back to Baltimore

  • Written by Harry Williams and Egbert Van Alstyne, 1904
  • Look for the Silver Lining (sung and danced by Lyn and Lee Wilde, Rosemary DeCamp and Charlie Ruggles), 1949

Back Bay Polka, The (But Not in Boston)

  • (Posthumous) Music by George Gershwin reworked and lyrics added by Ira Gershwin, ~1947
  • The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (sung by Betty Grable and the Boarders), 1947

 

Back in the Days of Old Broadway

  • Words by Charles Henderson, music by Alfred Newman, 1940
  • Lillian Russell (sung by Chorus as part of overture), 1940

Back in Your Own Backyard

  • Words and music by Al Jolson, Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer, 1928
  • Popularized by Al Jolson
  • Jolson Sings Again (sung by Al Jolson dubbing for Larry Parks), 1949
  • Say It with Songs (sung by Al Jolson), 1929

Back to Back

  • Words and music by Irving Berlin, 1939
  • Introduced by Mary Healy in the film Second Fiddle, 1939
  • Recorded by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra

Bad News

  • Words and music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, ~1954
  • Red Garters (sung by Rosemary Clooney), 1954

Badinage

  • Written by Victor Herbert and A.L. Davis, 1897
  • Sweethearts (sung by Jeanette MacDonald), 1938

Bal Petit Bal

  • Words and music by Francis Lemarque
  • New Faces (sung by Eartha Kitt), 1954

Balboa

  • Words and music by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, 1957
  • The Girl Most Likely (sung and danced by Jane Powell, Cliff Robertson, Kaye Ballard, Kelly Brown and Ensemble), 1957

 

Bali Boogie

  • Words and music by Sylvia Fine, 1945
  • Wonder Man (sung and danced by Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen and Goldwyn Girls; June Hutton dubbing for Vera Ellen), 1945

Bali Ha’i

  • Words by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Richard Rodgers, 1949
  • Introduced by Juanita Hall in the stage musical “South Pacific,” 1949
  • Popularized by Perry Como
  • South Pacific (Muriel Smith dubbing for Juanita Hall), 1958

Ballad for Americans

  • Written by Earl Robinson and John Latouche, 1941
  • Musical sequence directed by Busby Berkeley; cut from Babes on Broadway, 1941
  • Born to Sing (finale production number sung by Doug McPhail and large Chorus), 1942

Ballet in Jive

  • Written by Ray Heindorf, 1944
  • Hollywood Canteen (danced by Joan McCracken and Ensemble), 1944

Ballin’ the Jack

  • Words by James Henry Burris, music by Chris Smith, 1913
  • Introduced in the stage revue “The Passing Show of 1915”
  • Popularized by Prince’s Orchestra
  • For Me and My Gal (sung and danced by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland), 1942
  • On the Riviera (sung by Danny Kaye and Chorus, then sung and danced by Danny Kaye), 1951

Baltimore Oriole

  • Words by Paul Francis Webster, music by Hoagy Carmichael, 1942
  • Introduced in the film To Have and Have Not by Hoagy Carmichael, 1944
  • The Stork Club (instrumental by Orchestra with drum solo), 1945

Bambú Bambú

  • aka “Bambu Bambu” or “Bambu”
  • Words and music by Almirante
  • Down Argentine Way (sung and danced by Carmen Miranda with the Carmen Miranda Band), 1940

Banana

  • Words and music by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, ~1958
  • King Creole (sung and danced by Liliane Montevecchi), 1958

The Band Played On

  • Words by John Palmer, music by Charles Ward, 1895
  • Introduced by Dan Quinn
  • Lillian Russell (sung by Alice Faye), 1940
  • Recorded by Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra (No. 1 Chart Record), 1941

Bang! Bang!

  • Words by Sammy Cahn, music by Jimmy Van Heusen, ~1964
  • Robin and the 7 Hoods (sung by Sammy Davis Jr.), 1964

Banjo Song

  • Words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, 1978
  • The Magic of Lassie (sung by The Mike Curb Congregation onscreen), 1978

Banks of the Sacramento

  • Traditional American Folk Song
  • Arranged and adapted by Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, 1962
  • How the West Was Won (sung by The Ken Darby Singers), 1963

The Barber’s Song

  • Words by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh, 1965
  • Introduced in the stage musical “Man of La Mancha,” 1965
  • Man of La Mancha (performed by Gino Conforti), 1972