Friday, May 10, 2002

50 years ago: Jane Froman’s With a Song in My Heart hit #1 for 1st of 25 weeks

First posted 9/29/2020.

With a Song in My Heart

Jane Froman

Charted: March 29, 1952

Peak: 125 US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

Genre: traditional pop


Song Title (Writers) (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Opening Production (orchestral piece written and performed by George Greeley) [1:08]
  2. It’s a Good Day (Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee) [2:11]
  3. Tea for Two (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) [2:16]
  4. Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) [3:13]
  5. That Old Feeling (Lew Brown, Sammy Fain) [2:31]
  6. Embraceable You (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) [3:13]
  7. Get Happy (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) [2:27]
  8. I’ll Walk Alone (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) [1:45] (5/3/52, 14 US)
  9. They’re Either Too Young or Too Old (Arthur Schwartz, Frank Loesser) [1:11]
  10. I’m Thru with Love (Fud Livingston, Gus Kahn, Matty Malneck) [3:00]
  11. An American Medley [3:59]
  12. With a Song in My Heart (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) [2:30]

Total Running Time: 29 minutes


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About the Album:

Jane Froman was an American singer and actress born in 1907. She was afflicted with a stutter since childhood, but it didn't affect her singing. During the ‘30s and ‘40s, she starred in multiple Broadway musicals and radio programs and appeared in three movies. In 1943, she suffered crippling injuries and chronic health problems due to a plane crash, but she returned to Broadway less than a year later. During World War II, she entertained the troops even though she needed crutches to walk. She ended up having a 30-year career.

In 1952, 20th Century Fox made a biographical film of her life. With a Song in My Heart starred Susan Hayward, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for the performance. Her singing voice, however, was provided by Froman. The movie did win an Oscar for Original Music Score.

Capitol Records released a soundtrack for the film which feaured Froman on vocals and an orchestra conducted by George Greeley. It was initially a four-record 78 rpm box set, a common packaging trend of the ‘40s and ‘50s which birthed the term “album.” It featured a number of standards written by some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including George & Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne. The album was the best-seller of 1952, spending 25 weeks atop the Billboard album chart. WK An LP version was released which included the song That Old Feeling and I’m Thru with Love.

The songs Blue Moon and Tea for Two, both covered on this album, are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953. I’ll Walk Alone was released as a single from this album and reached the top 20.

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