Feb 18

Here is Swinging On A Star for second and third graders to rehearse in preparation for their February 24 show before the PTA meeting. Both audio and sheet music links are provided. This version is performed by Barton Hills Choir fifth graders, with director Gavin Tabone playing all of the musical instruments.

Swinging On A Star

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Sheet music (opens in a new window):

Fun facts:

  • Swinging on a Star was featured in the movie Going My Way in 1944, and won an Academy Award for Best Song.
  • The song was inspired by a remark by singer Bing Crosby to one of his children. Song writer Jimmy Van Heusen was at Crosby’s house one evening for dinner, and to discuss a song for the movie Going My Way. During the meal one of the children began complaining about how he didn’t want to go to school the next day. The singer turned to his son and said to him, “If you don’t go to school, you might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?” Van Heusen thought this clever rebuke would make a good song for the movie.
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Feb 16

Here are two more songs for second and third graders to rehearse in preparation for their February 24 show before the PTA meeting. Both audio and sheet music links are provided.

High Hopes / Pick Yourself Up

Big Girls Don’t Cry

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Sheet music (opens in a new window):

Fun facts:

  • “High Hopes” was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for the 1959 movie A Hole In The Head, which starred Frank Sinatra and was directed by Frank Capra.
  • A children’s choir was used on the single release of “High Hopes,” which was credited to “Frank Sinatra and a bunch of kids.”
  • “Pick Yourself Up” by Jerome Kerns and Dorothy Fields was written for the film Swing Time (1936), where it was introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
  • President Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech, quoted lyrics from the song, saying “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
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Feb 03

Here are four Sock Hop songs for second and third graders to rehearse in preparation for their February 24 show before the PTA meeting. Both audio and sheet music links are provided.

Help Me Rhonda

Tossin’ and Turnin’

Love Potion Number 9

Splish-Splash

How to play and download songs on the BHC web site

Sheet music (opens in a new window):

Fun facts:

  • “Love Potion Number Nine” was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who also wrote “Hound Dog” and “Yakety Yak.”
  • In the Beach Boy’s “Help Me Rhonda” the name “Rhonda” appears 45 times, and the word “help” appears 61 times.
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Aug 07

Rock Around The Clock Sheet Music
For your practicing pleasure, here is the music for the Sock Hop songs. Each is in PDF format. Click the link to view directly in your browser or with the free Adobe Reader.

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