Songs from by the Light of the Silvery Moon...

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1953 film musical By the Light of the Silvery Moon starred Gordon MacRae and Doris Day, but MacRae was contracted as a recording artist to Capitol Records, while Day recorded exclusively for Columbia, making a soundtrack album impossible. Instead, each singer made an album of the movie's songs separately. Day did the material solo, while MacRae was paired with a substitute female singer who was under contract to Capitol, June Hutton. Hutton, formerly a member of the Pied Pipers, was married to conductor Axel Stordahl, who led the orchestra on the recording. The picture was set in the post-World War I era, and the song score consisted entirely of period Tin Pan ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1953 film musical By the Light of the Silvery Moon starred Gordon MacRae and Doris Day, but MacRae was contracted as a recording artist to Capitol Records, while Day recorded exclusively for Columbia, making a soundtrack album impossible. Instead, each singer made an album of the movie's songs separately. Day did the material solo, while MacRae was paired with a substitute female singer who was under contract to Capitol, June Hutton. Hutton, formerly a member of the Pied Pipers, was married to conductor Axel Stordahl, who led the orchestra on the recording. The picture was set in the post-World War I era, and the song score consisted entirely of period Tin Pan Alley hits like "Ain't We Got Fun," "If You Were the Only Girl," and the title tune. The MacRae/Hutton LP was a 10" disc with only eight tracks which meant that several songs heard in the film -- "King Chanticleer," "Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis," "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," and "Moonlight Bay" -- were not included. But MacRae and Hutton proved a felicitous matching, making this a satisfying, if ersatz, version of a movie souvenir. By 2004, the long out of print LP had entered the public domain in Europe, where copyright on recordings extends only 50 years. That enabled Sepia Records in Great Britain to put out this unlicensed edition, which, to bring the length up to standard CD expectations, vastly expands the track listing. After the eight selections from the original album, the disc continues with no less than 19 bonus tracks, all solo recordings of the era by either MacRae or Hutton. Hence the title, which does describe the contents: Songs from By the Light of the Silvery Moon & Other Selections. MacRae is impressive on such standards as "Just One More Chance" an early Bing Crosby signature song and "I Don't Want to Walk Without You." The lesser-known Hutton makes do with lesser-known material, generally, though she does a good job with "The Song from Moulin Rouge" aka "Where Is Your Heart?". Her songs "Say You're Mine Again," "No Stone Unturned," and "For the First Time In a Long Time," included here, had some chart action in the U.S. in 1953 and 1954, and "Say You're Mine Again" hit the Top Ten in the U.K.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • UPC: 842704004027
  • Catalog Number: 1040
  • Sales rank: 259,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Home Town Is a One Horse Town (2:09)
  2. 2 Your Eyes Have Told Me So (2:53)
  3. 3 Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee (2:35)
  4. 4 Ain't We Got Fun (2:22)
  5. 5 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (2:47)
  6. 6 If You Were the Only Girl (3:20)
  7. 7 Just One Girl (2:14)
  8. 8 I'll Forget You (3:07)
  9. 9 Just One More Chance (3:12)
  10. 10 Thanks (3:16)
  11. 11 Nothing (3:03)
  12. 12 I'm Yours (2:53)
  13. 13 Bye, Honey Bye-Bye (2:28)
  14. 14 Walkin' (3:18)
  15. 15 There's a Lull in My Life (3:02)
  16. 16 I Miss You - June Hutton (2:58)
  17. 17 The Lights of Home - June Hutton (2:48)
  18. 18 Blame It on My Youth (2:46)
  19. 19 Say You're Mine Again - June Hutton (2:44)
  20. 20 The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) - June Hutton (2:45)
  21. 21 Oh, These Lonely Nights - June Hutton (3:01)
  22. 22 I Don't Want to Walk Without You (2:57)
  23. 23 No Stone Unturned - June Hutton (2:33)
  24. 24 Rather (Than Just See You Once in Awhile) - June Hutton (2:37)
  25. 25 I Still Dream of You (2:53)
  26. 26 If It's the Last Thing I Do - June Hutton (2:52)
  27. 27 For the First Time - June Hutton (2:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon MacRae Primary Artist, Vocals
Babe Russin Musician
Van Alexander Conductor
Frank deVol Conductor
Axel Stordahl Conductor
June Hutton Vocals
Technical Credits
Oscar Levant Composer
Van Alexander Arranger
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Georges Auric Composer
Gene Austin Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Johnny Green Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
John Nagy Composer
Jule Styne Composer
George Wyle Composer
Henry Marshall Composer
Tony Middleton Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston Composer
William Engvick Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Clifford Grey Composer
Abner Silver Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
Edward Madden Composer
Gerry Manners Composer
Lindsay Steele Composer
Ernest R. Ball Composer
Gus Edwards Composer
Raymond B. Egan Composer
Alex Gerber Composer
Lyn Udall Composer
Ted Varnick Composer
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
Stanley Murphy Composer
Annalu Burns Composer
Karl Kennett Composer
Dave Heisler Composer
Charles Nathan Composer
Lew Quadling Composer
Nat D. Ayer Composer
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