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May 30, 2003

A celebration of show business legend Bob Hope, who turned 100 on May 29, 2003.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Thanks for the Memory Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, Orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik This was recorded 11/23/1938, Hope and Ross sang this in the film The Big Broadcast of 1938, which was Hope's first feature film. The song quickly became Hope's theme song - somewhat surprising considering that it's actually a rather melancholy lyric.
Two Sleepy People Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, Orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik This one is from Thanks for the Memory (1939) in which Hope and Ross play newlyweds. The source of conflict: Hope has to stop partying and finish his novel.
The Lady's in Love With You Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, Orchestra conducted by Harry Sosnik Recorded 6/16/1939, this is from another Hope / Ross vehicle Some Like it Hot (1939), which shares only the title with the 1959 Billy Wilder film. In this one, sideshow owner Hope tries to con Ross out of the money he needs to keep the show going. The same script was filmed in 1934 as Shoot the Works.
Put It There, Pal Put It There, Pal (1999) Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Orchestra conducted by Robert Emmett Dolan From the soundtrack of The Road to Utopia (1945), the fourth in the highly successful series of Road films Hope made with Crosby. The story lines usually involved Hope and Crosby dueling over the affections of Dorothy Lamour, with Crosby generally winning.
The Road to Morocco Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Orchestra conducted by Vic Schoen This is, not surprisingly, the theme song to The Road to Morocco (1942), which has Bob and Bing involved with slave traders and an Arab princess (Lamour). Anthony Quinn plays a bandit king or something similar. This version is an out-take in which Bob and Bing get lost in the lyric and clown their way through to the end.
Merry Go-Runaround Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Sonny Burke and His Orchestra Recorded 6/24/1952, the song is from The Road to Bali (1952) in which, oddly, Lee does not appear.
Good Night, Irene Put It There, Pal (1999) Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, John Scott Trotter Orchestra This one's from a Bing Crosby Show radio broadcast of 10/11/1950 and includes the usual verbal sparring and ad libs by Bob and Bing.
The Boys with the Proboscis Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Orchestra conducted by Ray Bargy This one originally appeared on the 1957 LP Club Durante, on which Durante duets with Sophie Tucket, Eddie Cantor, Helen Traubel (!), Peter Lawford, Al Jolson and Bing Crosby in addition to Hope.
Thanks for the Memory Thanks for the Memories (1992) Bob Hope, Shirley Ross This recording is from the film soundtrack, and includes dialog and some lyrics that didn't appear in the commercial release of the song.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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