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Hoagy Carmichael wrote this after giving up his law career in 1927 and first recorded it that year with his band as a Jazz number. According to legend, Carmichael came up with the song when he went for a walk under the stars and started thinking about former girlfriends.
Carmichael's instrumental version did pretty well, and 2 years later, Mitchell Parish added lyrics and Carmichael reworked the song as a slow ballad. Bandleader Isham Jones recorded this new arrangement, which became the first of many hit records of the tune. The song became a Big Band standard, with just about every prominent bandleader and singer of the '30s and '40s performing it, making it one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century.
Nat King Cole's version is the most well-known. It was revived when it was featured in the 1993 movie Sleepless In Seattle. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Bette Midler considers this her favorite song, with the lyrics, "And now the purple dusk of twilight time steals across the meadows of my heart" her favorite words. (thanks, Jack C - Auckland, New Zealand)
The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
Jason co-wrote many of Colbie Caillat's hits, including "Bubbly" and "Realize."
Jesus Christ Superstar: Ted Neeley Tells the Inside Story
Expect to see protests even in today's society, as Jesus Christ Superstar
, the film, marks its 40th anniversary with a worldwide theater tour. Here, we take a walk down film location lane with Ted Neeley, or "Christ," if you prefer.