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Somewhere over the rainbow n What's A Wonderful world (Cover Version of Israel Kamakawiwo'ol)

Somewhere over the rainbow n What's A Wonderful world (Cover Version of Israel Kamakawiwo'ol) ...

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Over the Rainbow" (often referred to as "Somewhere over the Rainbow") is a ballad, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.[1] It was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939) and was sung by actress Judy Garland, in her starring role as Dorothy Gale.[1] The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland's signature song, as well as one of the most enduring standards of the 20th century.

About five minutes into the film, Dorothy sings the song after failing to get her aunt and uncle to listen to her relate an unpleasant incident involving her dog, Toto, and the town spinster, Miss Gulch. Dorothy's Aunt Em tells her to "find yourself a place where you won't get into any trouble". This prompts Dorothy to walk off by herself, musing to Toto, "'Some place where there isn't any trouble.' Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It's far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain...", at which point she begins singing.

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Somewhere over the rainbow (Cover Version of Israel Kamakawiwo'ol) 

Published on December 14, 2012
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"Somewhere over the rainbow'' as originally performed and sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale.
Written by: Music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The song is number one on the "Songs of the Century" list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The American Film Institute also ranked "Over the Rainbow" the greatest movie song of all time on the list of "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs".
It was adopted (along with Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942)) by American troops in Europe in World War II, as a symbol of the United States. Garland performed the song for the troops as part of a 1943 performance.[citation needed]

In April 2005, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp recognizing lyricist Yip Harburg's accomplishments; the stamp features the opening lyric from "Over the Rainbow".[citation needed]
The song was used as an audio wakeup call in the STS-88 Space shuttle mission in Flight Day 4, which was dedicated to astronaut Robert D. Cabana from his daughter, Sara.[2]

The song was honored with the 2014 Towering Song Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was sung at its dinner on June 12, 2014 by Jackie Evancho.[3]
In April 2016, The Daily Telegraph listed the song as number 8 on its list of the 100 greatest songs of all time.[4]

On October 7, 1938, Judy Garland first recorded the song on the MGM soundstages, using an arrangement by Murray Cutter.
In September 1939, a studio recording of the song, not from the actual film soundtrack, was recorded and released as a single by Decca Records.
In March 1940, that same recording was included on a Decca 78-RPM four-record studio cast album entitled The Wizard of Oz. Although this is not the version of the song featured in the film, Decca would continue to re-release the so-called "Cast Album" well into the 1960s after it was re-issued as a single-record 3313 RPM LP.

Following the film's release in 1939, "Over the Rainbow" became Garland's signature song and she would perform it for the next thirty years, until her death in 1969. Garland performed the song without altering it, singing exactly as she did for the movie. She explained her fidelity by saying that she was staying true to the character of Dorothy and to the message of really being somewhere over the rainbow.[9]

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's album Facing Future, released in 1993, included a ukulele medley of "Over the Rainbow" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". The song reached #12 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart the week of January 31, 2004 (for the survey week ending January 18, 2004).[19] In the UK, the song was released as a single under the title "Somewhere over the Rainbow". It entered the UK Official Singles Chart in April 2007 at #68. After several returns to the chart, in September 2008 it reached its peak position so far going up to #46.[citation needed] In Germany, the single also returned to the German Singles Chart in September 2010. After only 2 weeks on that chart, the song had already received gold status for having sold 150,000 copies.[20] In October 2010, the song reached No. 1 in the German charts and 2011 it has been certified 5x Gold for selling more than 750,000 copies.[20] It stayed 12 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot and was the most successful single in Germany in 2010.[21] As of March 2012, it's the 2nd best-selling download ever in Germany with digital sales between 500,000 and 600,000.[22][23] In France, the song debuted at #4 in December 2010 and reached number one.[24] In the USA, the song was certified Platinum for 1,000,000 downloads sold.[25] To date the song has sold over 4.2 million digital copies as of October 2014.[26] In Switzerland, the song received Platinum, too, for 30,000 copies sold.[27]

This version has been used in several commercials, films and television programs including Finding Forrester, Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates, Son of the Mask, Snakes on a Plane, Charmed, South Pacific, Cold Case, ER, Life on Mars, Horizon, and Scrubs. The Kamakawiwoʻole version of the song was covered by the cast of Glee on the season one finale, "Journey," and included on the extended play Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals, charting at number 30 in the UK, 31 in Canada and Ireland, 42 in Australia, and 43 in the US.[28][29][30][31][32][33][34] Cliff Richard recorded his own version of the medley based on this version with a medley of "Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" released as a single from the album Wanted, which charted in the UK in 2001 and Aselin Debison recorded the medley for her 2002 album Sweet is the Melody.

This version of the song was recorded in 1988, in Honolulu in just one take. Israel called the recording studio at 3am. He was given 15 minutes to arrive by Milan Bertosa. Bertosa is quoted to say ″And in walks the largest human being I had seen in my life. Israel was probably like 500 pounds. And the first thing at hand is to find something for him to sit on." The building security found Israel a big steel chair. "Then I put up some microphones, do a quick sound check, roll tape, and the first thing he does is 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow.' He played and sang, one take, and it was over." [35]

Ooo ooo ooo

Ooo ooo ooo

Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high

And the dreams that you dreamed of once in a lullaby

Oh somewhere over the rainbow

Bluebirds fly

And the dreams that you dreamed of dreams

Really do come true

Someday I'll wish upon a star

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where trouble melts like lemon drops

High above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me

Oh somewhere over the rainbow

Bluebirds fly

And the dreams that you dare to

Oh why, oh why can't I?

dance wo ho i want to dance dance,

fantastic baby

Well, I see

Trees of green and red roses too,

I'll watch them bloom for me and you

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

Well I see,

Skies of blue and clouds of white,

And the brightness of day, I like the dark

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people passing by

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do

They're really saying I... I love you.

I hear babies cry and I watch them grow

They'll learn much more than we'll know

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

Oh someday I'll wish upon a star

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where trouble melts like lemon drops

High above the chimney tops

That's where you'll find me

Oh somewhere over the rainbow

way up high

and the dreams that you dare to

Why, oh why can't I, I?

Ooo ooo ooo

Ooo ooo ooo

Ooo, ah ah


E.y. Harburg;Harold Arlen

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