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The Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia "Show Music on Record" section by Jack Raymond lists the following recordings by Joan and on what label they're available. (This song list, though, is incomplete; see the below Silver Screen Star Series for an almost complete list):
Hollywood Revue of 1929:
1929 medley by Colonial Club Orch: VOCALS: uncredited. (78/Bruns 20095)
Records by Cliff Edwards of original cast: "Singin' in the Rain" (78/Col 1869-D)
Joan Crawford: "Gotta Feelin' for You" (That's Entertainment: MCA 2-11002; Curtain Calls: 100/23; JOAC X-20; That's Entertainment Anthology CD/Rhino R2-72182 and R2-73191)
Montana Moon (1930):
1930 record by Cliff Edwards of orig cast. "The Moon Is Low" (78/Col 2169-D)
Soundtrack. Joan Crawford, chorus: "Montana Call" (Curtain Calls: 100/23)
1931 record by Joan Crawford of orig cast. "How Long Will It Last?" (78/Vic mx PBS-68307; Curtain Calls 100/23; Hollywood Sings: Living Era(E) AJA-5011; Hooray for Hollywood: CD/Conifer(E) TQ-157.)
Dancing Lady (1933):
"Heigh Ho, the Gang's All Here" (That's Entertainment: MCA 2-11002; Curtain Calls: 100/23; Photon: JOAC X-20; Fred Astaire at MGM: CD/Rhino R2-72828)
"Let's Go Bavarian" (Curtain Calls: 100/23; Photon: JOAC X-20)
Art Jarrett, Joan Crawford: "Everything I Have Is Yours" (Curtain Calls: 100/23)
Nelson Eddy: "Rhythm of the Day" (Rodgers & Hart in Hollywood: JJA Records: 19766)
The Bride Wore Red (1937)
"Who Wants Love?" (Curtain Calls: 100/23)
"Always and Always" (Curtain Calls 100/23; Those Sensational Swinging Sirens of the Silver Screen: CD/Vintage Jazz Classics 1002-2; Did You Know These Stars Also Sang? CD/Jasmine(E) JASCD-147)
Ice Follies of 1939
"It's All So New To Me" (US 78 rpm = Victor 26205-A ; British 78 rpm = B8909)*
*The back side of this 78, also sung by Joan, is "I'm in Love with the Honorable Mr. So and So," a song originally from Society Lawyer, in which Joan does not appear.
(This song also appears on: Hollywood Party: Pelican 130; Curtain Calls: 100/23; Devil's Sister: JOAC X-20; Hollywood Sings: CD/ProArte CDD-509; Why Ever Did They? CD/Flapper(E) PAST-CD-9735; The Great Entertainers: CD/Intersound 1051/1054)
"Something's Gotta Happen Soon" (That's Entertainment: CD/Rhino R2-73192)
Above Suspicion (1943)
"A Bird in a Gilded Cage." (Curtain Calls: 100/23)
Flamingo Road (1949)
"If I Could Be With You." (Curtain Calls: 100/23)
Above: US 78 "It's All So New to Me" (from Joan's Ice Follies) backed with "I'm in Love with the Honorable Mr. So and So" (sung by Joan but originally from a non-Joan film, Society Lawyer). Below: UK 78 of same songs.
Silver Screen Star Series: Joan Crawford
(1976, Silver Screen/Curtain
This collection includes almost all of Joan's recordings.
Alan Eichler's back-cover notes:
Joan Crawford. The name alone instantly conjures up the very essence of Hollywood. Her talent, beauty and durability have combined to make her the longest-reigning star in the history of the silver screen. No role was beyond her reach and whether the part called for her to dance with Fred Astaire or lace up a pair of ice-skates, she gave it all. With the single exception of "Torch Song," her singing voice was always her own and can be heard on every additional selection in this album. Even in "Torch Song," Miss Crawford's voice can be heard singing along with that of her dubber in what must probably be the most unusual duet in any movie musical! With this album, Curtain Calls proudly offers a complete musical portrait of this great star. We know you'll enjoy it.
Note: Miss Crawford's only other commercially-issued recording, "I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak," can be heard on the RCA album "Hooray For Hollywood," LPV 579. Another 1939 recording, "Tears From My Inkwell," lies somewhere in the RCA vaults.
1 (running time: 28:50)
The Devil's Sister
Side 1 is a recording of Joan's 1961 TV appearance on Zane Grey Theater's "One Must Die" (CBS). Side 2 is a collection of recordings of Joan songs dating back to 1929.
The Devil's Sister 
Gotta Feelin' For You 
It's All So New to Me 
I'm in Love with the Honorable Mister So and So 
Dixieland Jazz (comedy skit) 
The Lamp on the Corner 
Hi Ho! 
Let's Go Bavarian! 
Joan Crawford Live at Town Hall
(1978 DPA 2-1402; CD re-issue early 2000s Deja Vu 1016)
A recording of Joan's live appearance at Town Hall on Sunday, April 8, 1973. Part of the John Springer Series, hosted by Springer. To read a transcript of the interview, click here.
John Springer's notes from the back cover:
Sunday night, April 8, 1973, at Town Hall, New York. Who could know then that it would be the last official public appearance of Joan Crawford?
It was one of the nights in the Legendary Ladies series where Greats of the Film World were paid tribute by a showing of most memorable scenes from their finest pictures. And then the Lady herself was there -- the Goddess in the flesh -- greeted by standing, screaming, bravoing ovations. Bette Davis was first, then Myrna Loy and Sylvia Sidney. Later would come Rosalind Russell, Lana Turner and others.
But this night was Joan Crawford's -- one never to be forgotten by the lucky few who were able to share it. It was a night filled with memories as Flaemmchen and Mildred Pierce, Crystal and all the others in the Crawford gallery had their moment on screen. And then it was Joan herself -- lively and funny, candid and human, talking about herself in a way she had never done before.
That night was recorded -- and that's what this album is. It's Joan Crawford the way we all want to remember her.
The Littlest Stork
(1953, RCA Victor)
The Best of Everything The Caretakers Hollywood Canteen Humoresque
Soundtrack for movie of same name. Music composed and conducted by Alfred Newman (nominated for an Oscar for the title song along with lyricist Sammy Cahn). Orchestrations by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Main Title (sung by Johnny Mathis) 4:58
Farewell to Eddie 0:53
The Auditions 0:46
The Apartment 2:00
Who Wanted It 0:50
London Calling 3:20
The Radio 3:37
Barbara and Sidney 1:05
We Meet David 2:24
Gregg (New York) 2:03
The Pied Piper 2:02
The Rape (source) 1:33
Then Let GoŚNow 1:01
The Real Kiss 3:57
I'm Busy Tonight 1:43
End of Play 0:38
The Corsage 1:06
Gregg's Dementia 2:27
The Pillow Case 1:10
I Won't Be Your Mistress/Death for Gregg 5:06
End Title 2:38
Total Time: 48:21
The Best of Everything (demo) 3:08
Again (Lionel Newman) 3:12
Something's Gotta Give (Johnny Mercer) 1:23
Kiss Them for Me (Lionel Newman/Carroll Coates) 1:15
April (piano) 0:59
The Cafeteria (incomplete stereo) 3:14
Who Wanted It (mono) 0:50
London Calling (mono) 3:20
Barbara and Sidney (mono) 1:05
Gregg's Dementia (mono) 2:27
Street Scene (temp music) 1:42
Total Time: 22:54
Total Disc Time: 71:14
Music composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein
Click here to see back of album with credits and description of film/album.
One of the shortest soundtrack albums associated with a major movie of the 1960s, The Caretakers is also something of a throwback to Elmer Bernstein's work of the previous decade. The album itself is a bit schizophrenic, in that the first side is steeped in a highly accessible light jazz sound, reminiscent at times of the composer's music for pictures such as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955). It is a bit smoother in places, however, with the obvious aim at pop appeal on numbers such as "Take Care," "Blues for a 4-String Guitar," and, most of all, the highly danceable "Birdito." And this part of the album marks a fun interlude between more substantial and flavorful Bernstein scores before and after, and obviously didn't require much heavy lifting by anyone concerned at the time -- and it's clear that the musicians are having a great time here. Side two, in contrast, is much more dramatic programmatic music, aimed at highlighting specific harrowing incidents in the picture, and is a lot less accessible -- but it is also a lot more interesting, especially a slow, string- and reed-driven interlude called "The Cage." "Electrotherapy" is effect music that makes excellent use of tuned percussion. It's all first-rate music, the light and "heavy" sides of the album alike, and the only flaw is that there isn't a little bit more of it, and the musicians themselves aren't credited. ~AllMusic review by Bruce Eder
Description: Of the 20 songs, the first 13 listed below are from Joan's 1944 film Hollywood Canteen. The other 7 are from various other musicals, including 2 from Joan's '33 film Dancing Lady: "My Dancing Lady" and "Rhythm of the Day."
Canteen's music was nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Music/Original Song for "Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart"; Best Music/Scoring: Ray Heindorf; Best Sound/Recording: Nathan Levinson.
1. Hollywood Canteen
2. One O'Clock Jump
3. What Are You Doin' the Rest of Your Life
4. The General Jumped at Dawn
5. We're Havin' a Baby
6. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds
7. Don't Fence Me In
8. Gettin' Corns for My Country
9. You Can Always Tell a Yank
10. Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart
11. Ballet in Jive
12. The Bee
13. Voodoo Moon
14. Gypsy Dance
15. My Dancing Lady
16. Rhythm of the Day
17. Lulu's Back in Town
18. Too Marvelous for Words
19. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
20. With Plenty of Money and You
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LP Description: Isaac Stern on violin, from the 1946 movie.
CD Description: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg interprets music from the film and other related songs, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. Her liner notes explain her initial fascination with the film.
1. Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op.
CD Universe (includes links to hear tracks, and ordering info).
Title song sung by Peggy Lee (written by Lee and Victor Young); initially released in 1954. Below: Decca 45 single covers (at right, 1958 from Japan).
Description from Ivan Santiago-Mercado's Peggy Lee site: Although "Johnny Guitar" is often cited as one of Peggy Lee's most beloved and memorable interpretations, her original recording does not seem to have made much of an initial impression in the United States. As a matter of fact, there is no trace of "Johnny Guitar" in the American charts. Part of its lackluster national performance seems to have stemmed from the fact that Decca deemed "Autumn In Rome" the main side of this single, thereby bringing more promotional attention to that side.
Both sides were movie themes. "Johnny Guitar" was the one on which the label should have garnered its attention because a singer under its contract (Peggy Lee) had written it and would be heard singing it in the film. Meanwhile, Mercury Records singer Patti Page had been the one enlisted to perform "Autumn In Rome" on the other movie. It should be granted, however, that the film Johnny Guitar was poorly received and critically panned in the United States. Decca might have foreseen the poor reception, thus relegating the song to a B status from the outset.
On the other hand, the movie Johnny Guitar was widely applauded and highly admired in France, Spain, and other countries. Accordingly, the Peggy Lee theme achieved its greatest impact abroad, especially in Europe and Japan. Among Europeans, Italians proved especially receptive to this Peggy Lee-Victor Young composition: five versions of the number were released to the market in 1955. With the passing of time, American listeners ended up catching up to the song's merits, and falling under its allure, too. Similarly, the movie has been re-evaluated in American soil, and it is today ranked as gender-bending, campy-yet-superior cult masterpiece.
The 1954 release date belongs to the 78-rpm disc and the first of the two 45-rpm discs. Also American, the second 45 is a reissue. Its date is unknown, but presumed to fall within the first half of he 1960s. As my previous comments imply, there are numerous foreign versions of this single, with Japan at the count's forefront.
Below left: Italian single (1955). Below right: Spanish EP (1956).
Citadel LP (1981). Music composed and conducted by Victor Young. Click on back-cover photo (right) for more information.
Soundtrack Factory CD (1999).
1980s: Caliban 6048.
MGM U.S. LP (1954). Vocals by India Adams. Piano by Walter Gross. Musical direction by Adolph Deutsch.
Blue Moon (Rodgers - Hart)
You're All the World to Me (Lane - Lerner)
Follow Me (Adolph Deutsch; vocals: India Adams)
Once in a While (Edwards - Green)
Tenderly (Gross - Lawrence)
When a Fool Falls in Love (Walter Gross; vocals: India Adams)
I Don't Know Why (Ahlert - Turk)
You Won't Forget Me (Spielman - Goell; vocals: India Adams)
Click on either LP photo below to see larger versions of both.
MGM Brazilian LP:
Description: Side 1: "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" sung by Bette Davis and Debbie Burton. Side 2: "I've Written a Letter to Daddy" sung by Debbie Burton.
Award Winners on the Air (1980, Sandy Hook/Radiola Recording)
Cocktail Hour: The Vamps (2000, Columbia River) Joan song: "How Long Will It Last?"
Hollywood: The Collectables [sic] (1989, Deja Vu) CD. 25 tracks from various Hollywood stars. Joan sings "I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak."
Hollywood Party (1974)
The Radio Years: Early Film Recordings from Hollywood 1928 - 1936 (1996, Enterprise) Joan song: "Chant of the Jungle."
The Radio Years: "Trust In Me": The Old
America on the Air (1997, Enterprise) Joan songs: "I'm in Love with the Honorable Mr. So-and-So"
and "It's All So New to Me."
Charles DeForest Sings Joan Crawford & Eleanor Powell
1973. Flax Records. (LP recorded October 19, October 25, and November 8, 1972.)
On Side A, Manhattan chanteur DeForest performs the following 6 songs originally sung by Joan in her movies:
All I Do Is Dream of You
Everything I Have Is Yours
Chant of the Jungle
Always and Always
Gotta Feelin' for You
How Long Will It Last?
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Joan Crawford Songs (mp3
format; one CD): $10
Joan Crawford - Silver Screen Star Series (1975) - LP Rip:
7. Dancing Lady - Everything I Have Is Yours (with Art Jarrett)
9. The Bride Wore Red - Who Wants Love
Also available for $10 from the same seller: Joan Crawford at Town Hall.
The Best of Everything