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Blue Room: The Lost Rodgers and Hart

Rodgers and Hart wrote over 500 songs during their 25 year partnership. (Credit: Wikimedia)

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote some of the most memorable tunes in popular music: “My Funny Valentine,” “Blue Moon,” “My Romance.” In fact, I’ve already devoted two different shows to the pair, featuring over 30 of their most well-known songs — one show chronicling their early years and another exploring their later years.

However, Rodgers and Hart’s 25-year partnership produced over 500 songs, so this week, I’m diving a little deeper into their catalog. Some of these songs may be familiar to fellow aficionados of the Great American Songbook, and maybe even to casual fans. But I imagine for many of you, this will be an hour of discovery for one of the most well known duos in American popular song.


Songs featured on this episode

  • “Here In My Arms,” from Dearest Enemy (1925)
  • “Blue Room,” from The Girl Friend (1926)
  • “This Funny World,” from Betsy (1926)
  • “A Tree In The Park,” from Peggy Ann (1926)
  • “Why Can’t I,” from Spring Is Here (1929)
  • “Dancing On The Ceiling,” from Ever Green (1930)
  • “Ten Cents a Dance,” from Simple Simon (1930)
  • “He Was Too Good To Me,” cut from Simple Simon (1930)
  • “I’ve Got Five Dollars,” from America’s Sweetheart (1931)
  • “Mimi,” from Love Me Tonight (1932)
  • “Lover,” from Love Me Tonight (1932)
  • “Give Her A Kiss,” from The Phantom President (1932)
  • “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” from Jumbo (1935)
  • “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” from On Your Toes (1936)
  • “Glad To Be Unhappy,” from On Your Toes (1936)
  • “It’s Got To Be Love,” from On Your Toes (1936)
  • “Sing For Your Supper,” from The Boys From Syracuse (1938)
  • “I Married An Angel,” from I Married An Angel (1938)
  • “Give It Back To The Indians,” from Too Many Girls (1939)
  • “I Like To Recognize The Tune,” from Too Many Girls (1939)
  • “To Keep My Love Alive,”  from A Connecticut Yankee (Revival) (1943)

Music Heard On This Episode

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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