Yours Is My Heart Alone
"Yours Is My Heart Alone" or "You Are My Heart's Delight" is an aria from the 1929 operetta The Land of Smiles with music by Franz Lehár and the libretto by Fritz Löhner-Beda and Ludwig Herzer. It was for many years associated with the tenor Richard Tauber; the aria is sung by the character of Prince Sou-Chong in act 2. An American version of the show opened on Broadway in 1946 starring Tauber but it soon closed as Tauber had throat trouble; the aria has been sung in Italian by a few operatic tenors, notably Giuseppe Di Stefano, Mario Del Monaco, Luciano Pavarotti. Written in D-flat major, Lehár had composed parts of the song in 1923 when the original version of the operetta premiered under the title Die gelbe Jacke; when Löhner-Beda re-arranged the operetta, he moved Prince Sou-Chong's passage from act 1 to act 2. With new lyrics, it has become Lehár's most famous single song, popularised by Tauber, who sang it at every recital he gave as an encore. With Tauber's emigration to London in 1938, it became popular in the English-speaking world with lyrics by Harry B.
Smith, written in 1931, went on to become a staple of light music repertoire for tenor voice. It became a standard and has been covered by artists from other genres, like jazz, big band, pop music; as "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" 1929 Richard Tauber – recorded October 3, 1929 1946 Lauritz Melchior 1990 Plácido Domingo – included in the live album The Three Tenors in Concert. Franco Bonisolli - live performance. José CarrerasAs "You Are My Heart's Delight" 1929 Richard Tauber – Parlophone RO20107 1931 Roy Fox and His Band – vocal Al Bowlly – recorded August 18, 1931. 1931 Richard Crooks 1941 Richard Tauber – Parlophone R. O.20500As "Yours Is My Heart Alone" 1940 Bing Crosby – recorded March 22, 1940 with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra. 1940 Frank Sinatra -- recorded April 1940 with Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra. 1940 Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra – recorded February 27, 1940, vocal Kenny Sargent, for Decca Records.. This reached the Billboard charts. 1940 Benny Goodman – recorded March 1,1940 for Columbia Records, vocal by Helen Forrest.
1940 Glenn Miller - recorded March 30, 1940, for Bluebird Records 1954 Mario Lanza – included in his album The Student Prince and Other Great Musical Comedies. 1960 Ray Conniff - included in his album Concert in Rhythm, vol. 2. 1957 Jane Morgan – for her album Fascination. As "Tu che m'hai preso il cuor" Giuseppe Di Stefano Mario Del Monaco Luciano Pavarotti "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" on YouTube, Richard Tauber "Yours Is My heart Alone" on YouTube, Richard Tucker, 1954 "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" on YouTube, Rolando Villazón, Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko
Matthew Loveland Dennis was an American singer, band leader and writer of music for popular songs. Dennis was born in Seattle, United States, his mother was a violinist and his father a singer, the family was in vaudeville, so he was early exposed to music. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt's orchestra as a pianist. On, he formed his own band, with Dick Haymes as vocalist, he became vocal coach and accompanist for Martha Tilton, worked with a new vocal group, The Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford, one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded Dorsey to hire Dennis as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically, with 14 of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year alone, including "Everything Happens to Me", an early hit for Frank Sinatra. After four years in the United States Air Force in World War II, Dennis returned to music writing and arranging, getting a boost from his old friend Dick Haymes, who hired him to be the music director for his radio program. With lyricist Tom Adair he wrote songs for Haymes' program.
Dennis made six albums. Pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet recorded an entire album of Dennis's compositions, released as Angel Eyes in 1965. In 2012, Jasmine Records re-released four of Dennis' records as "Welcome Matt"; the collection included "Plays and Sings Matt Dennis", a 1958 live performance by Dennis' piano trio, of twelve tunes that Dennis had co-authored. Dennis died in Riverside, California at the age of 88. "Angel Eyes" "Compared to You" "Everything Happens to Me" "It Wasn't the Stars" "Junior and Julie" "Let's Get Away from It All" "Little Man with a Candy Cigar" "Love Turns Winter to Spring" "Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World" "The Night We Called It a Day" "Violets for Your Furs" "Will You Still Be Mine" Biography of Matt Dennis Matt Dennis and Angel Eyes Matt Dennis at AllMusic Matt Dennis discography at Discogs Matt Dennis on IMDb
Billy Rose was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist. For years both before and after World War II, Billy Rose was a major force in entertainment, with shows such as Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt, Billy Rose's Aquacade, Carmen Jones; as a lyricist, he is credited with many famous songs, notably "Me and My Shadow", "More Than You Know", "Without a Song", "It Happened in Monterrey" and "It's Only a Paper Moon". Despite his accomplishments, Rose may be best known today as the husband of famed comedian and singer Fanny Brice. Rose was born to a Jewish family in New York City, he attended Public School 44. While in high school, Billy studied shorthand under John Robert Gregg, the inventor of the Gregg System for shorthand notation, he won a dictation contest using Gregg notation, taking over 150 words per minute, writing forward or backward with either hand. Billy Rose began his career as a stenographic clerk to Bernard Baruch of the War Industries Board during World War I, became head of the clerical staff.
He became a lyricist. In this role, he is best known as the credited writer or co-writer of the lyrics to "Me and My Shadow," "Great Day", "Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight", "I Found a Million Dollar Baby" and "It's Only a Paper Moon". Most of Rose's lyrical credits were collaborations. Biographer Earl Conrad said, "Nobody knew what he wrote or didn't write.... Publishers tend to credit him with writing the songs known to bear his name as a lyricist.... But tales rumble on... that Billy could feed and toss in a remark and monkey around, but that others did most of the writing." Lyricists might have been willing to tolerate a Rose credit grab because Rose was successful at promoting "his" songs. He went on to become a Broadway producer, a theatre/nightclub owner. In June 1934, he opened The Billy Rose Music Hall at 52nd and Broadway in New York with the first Benny Goodman Orchestra, he produced Jumbo, at the New York Hippodrome Theatre. For the Fort Worth Frontier Days fair, he constructed the huge elaborate dinner theatre Casa Mañana which featured celebrated fan-dancer Sally Rand and the world's largest revolving stage.
He presented a show at the Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland, Ohio in 1937 where he displayed the "Aquacade". Rose was diminutive in stature; when he attended a show, his practice was to book four seats: one for himself, one for his date, the two in front of those so he would have an unobstructed view. In 1929, he married Fanny Brice, who would go on star in the 1931 Broadway production of Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt; the marriage lasted for nine years, ending in divorce in 1938. In 1938, he opened Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe, a nightclub in New York City's Times Square in the basement of the Paramount Hotel, it opened with a version of his Fort Worth show. The Diamond Horseshoe operated under that name until 1951. At the 1939 New York World's Fair, Billy Rose's Aquacade starred Olympian Eleanor Holm in what the fair program called "a brilliant girl show of spectacular size and content." Future MGM star Esther Williams and Tarzan star Johnny Weissmuller were both Aquacade headliners. Rose began an affair with the then-married Holm.
The couple married in 1939. Following the 1939 World's Fair, Rose asked John Murray Anderson, who had staged the Aquacade, to recommend a choreographer for a new show at the Horseshoe. Anderson recommended Gene Kelly performing in William Saroyan's One for the Money. Rose objected that he wanted someone who could choreograph "tits and asses," not "soft-soap from a crazy Armenian". However, after seeing Kelly's performance, he gave Kelly the job, an important step in Kelly's career. In 1943, he produced Carmen Jones with an all-black cast. An adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, the story was transplanted to World War II America by lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, it was an instant hit. The New York Telegraph called it "far and away the best show in New York"; the New York Herald Tribune said that Oscar Hammerstein II "must be considered one of the greatest librettists of our day" and that Carmen Jones was "a masterly tour de force." It was made into a motion picture in 1954, for which Dorothy Dandridge received an Academy Award nomination.
In 1946 Rose's memoir Wine and Words, dedicated to Rose's early patron Bernard M. Baruch, was published in New York by Simon & Schuster; the book was illustrated, including the cover of the numbered and signed first edition of 1500 copies, by Salvador Dalí whom Rose met while producing events at the 1939 World's Fair. Following the publication of Wine and Words Rose appeared on the cover of Time on June 2, 1947. Rose and Holm divorced in 1954. On July 2, 1956, he married showgirl Joyce Mathews, they divorced July 23, 1959, they remarried on December 29, 1961, only to divorce again on February 10, 1964 two years before he died. In 1964, Rose married Doris Vidor, the widow of film director Charles Vidor. Billy Rose founded the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden at the Israel Museum in Israel, his legendary pragmatism is illustrated by a seeming minor event at the sculpture garden opening ceremony, which Rose attended personally. When asked by one of the many distinguished guests what, in the event of war, Rose would have Israel do with
John Herndon Mercer was an American lyricist and singer. He was a record label executive who co-founded Capitol Records with music industry businessman Buddy DeSylva and Glenn E. Wallichs, he is best known as a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, but he composed music. He was a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as songs written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time, he wrote the lyrics including compositions for movies and Broadway shows. He received nineteen Academy Award nominations, won four Best Original Song Oscars. Mercer was born in Georgia, his father, George Anderson Mercer, was a prominent attorney and real-estate developer, his mother, Lillian Elizabeth, George Mercer's secretary and second wife, was the daughter of a Croatian immigrant father and a mother with Irish ancestry. Lillian's father was a merchant seaman who ran the Union blockade during the U. S. Civil War. Mercer was George's fourth son, first by Lillian.
His great-grandfather was Confederate General Hugh Weedon Mercer and he was a direct descendant of American Revolutionary War General Hugh Mercer, a Scottish soldier-physician who died at the Battle of Princeton. Mercer was a distant cousin of General George S. Patton; the construction of Mercer House in Savannah was started by General Hugh Weedon Mercer in 1860. Neither the General, nor Mercer himself lived there, his mother's father was born in Lastovo, Croatia in 1834 to mother Ivana Cucevic and father Marijo Dundovic. Mercer liked music as a small child and attributed his musical talent to his mother, who would sing sentimental ballads. Mercer's father sang old Scottish songs, his aunt told him he was humming music when he was six months old and she took him to see minstrel and vaudeville shows where he heard "coon songs" and ragtime. The family's summer home "Vernon View" was on the tidal waters and Mercer's long summers there among mossy trees, saltwater marshes, soft, starry nights inspired him years later.
Mercer's exposure to black music was unique among the white songwriters of his generation. As a child, Mercer had African-American playmates and servants, he listened to the fishermen and vendors about him, who spoke and sang in the dialect known as "Geechee", he was attracted to black church services. Mercer stated, "Songs always fascinated me more than anything." He had no formal musical training but was singing in a choir by six and at 11 or 12 he had memorized all of the songs he had heard and became curious about who wrote them. He once asked his brother who the best songwriter was, his brother said Irving Berlin, among the best of Tin Pan Alley. Despite Mercer's early exposure to music, his talent was in creating the words and singing, not in playing music, though early on he had hoped to become a composer. In addition to the lyrics that Mercer memorized, he wrote adventure stories, his attempts to play the trumpet and piano were not successful, he never could read musical scores with any facility, relying instead on his own notation system.
As a teenager in the Jazz Era, he was a product of his age. He hunted for records in the black section of Savannah and played such early black jazz greats as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, his father owned the first car in town, Mercer's teenage social life was enhanced by his driving privilege, which sometimes verged on recklessness. The family would motor to the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina to escape the Savannah heat and there Mercer learned to dance and to flirt with Southern belles, his natural sense of rhythm helping him on both accounts. Mercer wrote a humorous song called "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry". Mercer attended the exclusive Woodberry Forest School in Virginia until 1927. Although not a top student, he was active in literary and poetry societies and as a humor writer for the school's publications. In addition, his exposure to classic literature augmented his rich store of vocabulary and phraseology, he began to scribble ingenious, sometimes strained, rhymed phrases for use.
Mercer was the class clown and a prankster, member of the "hop" committee that booked musical entertainment on campus. Mercer was somewhat of an authority on jazz at an early age, his yearbook stated, "No orchestra or new production can be authoritatively termed'good' until Johnny's stamp of approval has been placed upon it. His ability to'get hot' under all conditions and at all times is uncanny." Mercer began to write songs, an early effort being "Sister Susie, Strut Your Stuff", learned the powerful effect songs had on girls. Given his family's proud history and association with Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University, Mercer was destined for school there until his father's financial setbacks in the late 1920s changed those plans, he went to work in his father's recovering business, collecting rent and running errands, but soon grew bored with the routine and with Savannah, looked to escape. Mercer moved to New York in 1928, when he was 19; the music he loved and blues, was booming in Harlem and Broadway was bursting with musicals and revues from George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin.
Vaudeville, though beginning to fade, was still a strong musical presence. Mercer's first few jobs were as a bit actor. Hole
Fritz Löhner-Beda, born Bedřich Löwy, was an Austrian librettist and writer. Murdered in Auschwitz III Monowitz concentration camp and nearly forgotten, many of his songs and tunes remain popular up to today. Löhner-Beda was born Bedřich Löwy in Wildenschwert, Bohemia in 1883. In 1888, his family moved to Vienna, in 1896 changed their surname to the less Jewish surname Löhner. Having passed his Matura exams, he began the study of law at the University of Vienna, where he became a member of the Jewish Kadimah student association. After he had obtained his doctorate, he worked as a lawyer from 1908 onwards. A dedicated football player, he was among the founders of the Hakoah Vienna sports club in 1909. In 1910, Löhner-Beda decided upon a career as an author, he wrote numerous light satires, sketches and lyrics but contributed to several newspapers under the pen name "Beda", a shortened version of his Czech first name, Bedřich. In 1913, he met Franz Lehár. Two years in 1918, Löhner-Beda was called up for military service in World War I, which he left as an officer and a convinced antimilitarist.
In the 1920s, Löhner-Beda became one of the most sought-after lyricists in Vienna. Together with Lehár as composer, Ludwig Herzer as co-author, Richard Tauber as singer, Löhner-Beda produced the operettas Friederike, Das Land des Lächelns, with Paul Knepler as co-author, Giuditta. Together with his friend Alfred Grünwald as co-author and Paul Abraham as composer, Löhner-Beda produced Viktoria und ihr Husar, Die Blume von Hawaii, Ball im Savoy. On April 1, 1938 immediately after the Anschluss, Fritz Löhner-Beda was arrested and deported to the Dachau concentration camp. On September 23, 1938, he was transferred to the Buchenwald concentration camp. There, together with his fellow prisoner Hermann Leopoldi at the end of 1938, he composed the famous anthem of the concentration camp, Das Buchenwaldlied: The line wir wollen trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen was adopted by the Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl for the German title of his 1946 book Man's Search for Meaning. Though Löhner-Beda's name appeared in the Nazi Encyclopedia of Jews in Music in 1940, his songs and the Lehár operettas were still performed.
The circumstances surrounding Franz Lehár attempting to intercede with the Nazis on Löhner-Beda's behalf are clouded. After World War II Lehár denied any cognizance of Löhner-Beda's concentration-camp imprisonment, but one source states that Lehár may have tried to secure Hitler's guarantee of Löhner-Beda's safety. On October 17, 1942, he was deported to the Monowitz concentration camp, near Auschwitz; the circumstances of his death are described in Raul Hilberg's The Destruction of the European Jews: during an inspection by several directors of the IG Farben syndicate around Otto Ambros, Fritz ter Meer, Carl Krauch, Heinrich Bütefisch, the diseased Löhner-Beda was denounced as working not hard enough, for which he was beaten to death on December 4, 1942. A Kapo accused of the murder in the 1968 Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial was acquitted of the charge due to lack of evidence. Among the most famous songs for which he wrote the lyrics are: In der Bar zum Krokodil, music by Willy Engel-Berger Du schwarzer Zigeuner, tango, an adaptation of Cikánka by Karel Vacek Drunt' in der Lobau, music by Heinrich Strecker Ausgerechnet Bananen, an adaptation of "Yes!
We Have No Bananas" Ich hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren, music by Fred Raymond Oh, Donna Clara, Tango by Jerzy Petersburski Wo sind deine Haare, August?, foxtrot by Richard Fall Was machst du mit dem Knie, lieber Hans?, pasodoble by Richard Fall Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from The Land of Smiles Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert from Giuditta Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß from Giuditta The Land of Smiles, directed by Max Reichmann Victoria and Her Hussar, directed by Richard Oswald Frederica, directed by Fritz Friedmann-Frederich The Flower of Hawaii, directed by Richard Oswald Ball im Savoy, directed by Steve Sekely The Student's Romance, directed by Otto Kanturek Dschainah, das Mädchen aus dem Tanzhaus, directed by Vilmos Gyimes Ball at Savoy, directed by Victor Hanbury I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg, directed by Ernst Neubach The Land of Smiles, directed by Hans Deppe and Erik Ode The Flower of Hawaii, directed by Géza von Cziffra Victoria and Her Hussar, directed by Rudolf Schündler (West Germany, 1954, based on the operetta of the sa
James Monaco is an American film critic, author and educator. Monaco founded Baseline in 1982, an early online database about the entertainment industry, a forerunner of the IMDb, it was taken over by The New York Times Company in 2006. In 2011 the Times sold the company to Project Hollywood LLC, majority owned by entrepreneurs Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, who sold it to Gracenote in 2014 for a reported $50 million, he has taught at The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, New York University, the City University of New York. He was a media commentator for Morning Edition on NPR in the 1980s, has written for The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Christian Science Monitor, he has written seven books, including The New Wave: Truffaut, Chabrol, Rivette, How To Read A Film and American Film Now, edited four others. He is the current president of UNET 2 Corporation, he runs Harbor Electronic Publishing in Sag Harbor. In 2012 he co-founded the Long Island Nature Organization, Inc. sponsors of the annual Long Island Natural History Conference.
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The RCA Corporation was a major American electronics company, founded as the Radio Corporation of America in 1919. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric. An innovative and progressive company, RCA was the dominant electronics and communications firm in the United States for over five decades. RCA was at the forefront of the mushrooming radio industry in the early 1920s, as a major manufacturer of radio receivers, the exclusive manufacturer of the first superheterodyne models. RCA created the first American radio network, the National Broadcasting Company; the company was a pioneer in the introduction and development of television, both black-and-white and color. During this period, RCA was identified with the leadership of David Sarnoff, he was general manager at the company's founding, became president in 1930, remained active, as chairman of the board, until the end of 1969. RCA's impregnable stature began to weaken in the mid-1970s, as it attempted to diversify and expand into a multifaceted conglomerate.
The company suffered enormous financial losses in the mainframe computer industry and other failed projects such as the CED videodisc. In 1986, RCA was reacquired by General Electric, which over the next few years liquidated most of the corporation's assets. Today, RCA exists as a brand name only. RCA originated as a reorganization of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America. In 1897, the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company, was founded in London to promote the radio inventions of Guglielmo Marconi; as part of worldwide expansion, in 1899 American Marconi was organized as a subsidiary company, holding the rights to use the Marconi patents in the United States and Cuba. In 1912 it took over the assets of the bankrupt United Wireless Telegraph Company, from that point forward it had been the dominant radio communications company in the United States. With the entry of the United States into World War One in April 1917, the government took over most civilian radio stations, to use them for the war effort.
Although the overall U. S. government plan was to restore civilian ownership of the seized radio stations once the war ended, many Navy officials hoped to retain a monopoly on radio communication after the war. Defying instructions to the contrary, the Navy began purchasing large numbers of stations outright. With the conclusion of the conflict, Congress turned down the Navy's efforts to have peacetime control of the radio industry, instructed the Navy to make plans to return the commercial stations it controlled, including the ones it had improperly purchased, to the original owners. Due to national security considerations, the Navy was concerned about returning the high-powered international stations to American Marconi, since a majority of its stock was in foreign hands, the British largely controlled the international undersea cables; this concern was increased by the announcement in late 1918 of the formation of the Pan-American Wireless Telegraph and Telephone Company, a joint venture between American Marconi and the Federal Telegraph Company, with plans to set up service between the United States and South America.
The Navy had installed a high-powered Alexanderson alternator, built by General Electric, at the American Marconi transmitter site in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It proved to be superior for transatlantic transmissions to the spark transmitters, traditionally used by the Marconi companies. Marconi officials were so impressed by the capabilities of the Alexanderson alternators that they began making preparations to adopt them as their standard transmitters for international communication. A tentative plan made with General Electric proposed that over a two-year period the Marconi companies would purchase most of GE's alternator production. However, this proposal was met with disapproval, on national security grounds, by the U. S. Navy, concerned that this would guarantee British domination of international radio communication; the Navy, claiming it was acting with the support of President Wilson, looked for an alternative that would result in an "all-American" company taking over the American Marconi assets.
In April 1919 two naval officers, Admiral H. G. Bullard and Commander S. C. Hooper, met with GE's president, Owen D. Young, asking that he suspend the pending alternator sales to the Marconi companies; this move would leave General Electric without a buyer for its transmitters, so the officers proposed that GE purchase American Marconi, use the assets to form its own radio communications subsidiary. Young consented to this proposal, effective November 20, 1919, transformed American Marconi into the Radio Corporation of America; the new company was promoted as being a patriotic gesture. RCA's incorporation papers required that its officers needed to be U. S. citizens, with a majority of its stock held by Americans. RCA retained most of the American Marconi staff, although Owen Young became the new company's head as the chairman of the board. Former American Marconi vice president and general manager E. J. Nally become RCA's first president. Nally's term ended on December 31, 1922, he was succeeded the next day by Major General James G. Harbord.