“Only Forever” with Bing Crosby and Mary Martin was number one on the Billboard chart for nine weeks in 1940. Both of them are pictured on the front cover of this publication with a 1940 copyright. The song was from the Paramount Picture “Rhythm on the River” also starring Basil Rathbone. Published by Santly-Joy-Select of 1619 Broadway, NY. Others in this collection include:
The“Ferry-Boat Serenade” with Woody Herman and his Orchestra. Music by E. Di Lazzaro. Lyrics by Harold Adamson. Published by Robbins Music Corp. 799 Seventh Ave., NY. Copyright assigned to Robbins Music in 1940. Original copyright 1939 in Milan, Italy. The same song with an identical cover was re-published in 1949 also by Robbins Music Corporation. In 1956 it was recorded by the Andrews Sisters.
Bob Chester and his Orchestra recorded “Now I Lay Me Down to Dream” composed by Ted Fiorito and Eddy Howard. Copyright 1940. Published by Remick Music Corp. Several prints published by Remick in the next few years were identical in format to this one, but featured different artists such as: Russ Morgan, Yvette, Johnny Long, and others.
The annual return of the swallows to a mission in Capistrano (CA) was the subject of this popular 1940's tune by Leon Rene. It was first recorded by the Ink Spots in 1940. It was also released by several other artists, including Pat Boone. This sheet music features a photo of Cecil Golly (1911-1978). Listed as leader of one of the Great American Bands, Golly and his orchestra began their career with gigs in Minnesota that were headlined “Dance and be jolly with music by Golly.” This piece has a 1940 copyright and published by M. Witmark & Sons of New York.
Jon and Sondra Steele are featured on the cover of this sheet music for another popular song of the 1940s “My Happiness.” Music by Borney Bergantine. Lyrics by Betty Peterson (Blasco). Recorded on Damon Records by Jon and Sondra Steele. It has been reported that an unpublished version of the melody with different lyrics was written by Borney Bergantine in 1933. Also recorded by Connie Francis in 1959. Other famous singers that chose this song for recording include Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams. Published by Blasco Music Inc. Baltimore & Kansas City. Copyright 1948.
The last two were both published by Remick Music Corp. located in the RCA Building in New York in 1940 and 1941. Originally published in 1908, “Shine on Harvest Moon” made its signature premier that same year at the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. Words and music by vaudeville couple Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth. This issue published by Remick and Jerry Vogel Music Co. includes diagrams for guitar, ukulele, and banjo. “Smiles” contains lyrics by J. Will Callahan and music by Lee S. Roberts