Day 208: “September in the Rain”

When was it recorded?   Jan. 1, 1962

When was it first released, and on which album?   Shhhh…

Who wrote it?   Al Dubin & Harry Warren

Have I heard this song before?   No

What my research dug up:

Harry Warren composed the music for “September in the Rain” while Al Dubin wrote the lyrics.

According to Wikipedia, “Warren was one of America’s most prolific film composers, and his songs have been featured in over 300 films.” Obviously, he was also “the first major American songwriter to write primarily for film” (Wiki). Warren wrote over 800 songs, including “Chattanooga Choo Choo” which was the first Gold record in the music industry. Seriously, look this dude up.

Dubin, though less well known, was a Swiss lyricist best known for his collaborations. He was under contract with American film studio Warner Brothers and wrote 60 hit songs for their films between 1932 and 1939.

Warren and Dubin met and composed their first song together in 1925. In 1932, they teamed up to work on the movie musical “42nd Street.” In 1936, their song “Lullaby of Broadway” – written for “Gold Diggers of 1935” – won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Both Warren and Dubin are in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The duo published “September in the Rain” in 1937, the same year it appeared in the movie “Melody for Two.” American singer James Melton was the first to record the tune.

Quoth the Beatles Bible, “The song quickly became a popular standard. It appeared often on the US radio show ‘Your Hit Parade’ between 1935 and 1940, and charted several times by different artists.”

As the Beatles Bible also wrote, the Fab Four “were familiar with show tunes and soundtrack songs, and often incorporated beat versions into their early repertoire.” Their up-tempo take on “September in the Rain” was part of their Jan. 1, 1962 Decca Records audition. Unlike yesterday’s track, this one has never officially been released. That said…




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