collection of film songs in misleading. Several of the performances
are actually studio recordings made by the artists at the time
the films were released or after, but were not from the film soundtracks
themselves. Most famously is Betty Grable's rendition of "I
Can't Begin To Tell You". Although no mention is made on this
album, it's obvious when listening to the recording that it's
Betty's then-husband trumpeteer Harry James on the trumpet solo
break. Grable recorded the song in 1945 under the name of Ruth
Hagg (a combination of Betty's middle name Ruth and Haryy's mother's
maiden name). The reason for the name is that Fox would not allow
its contract players to have recording contracts outside of the
studio. Something Betty desperately wanted. This is the only "commercial"
recording Betty ever made.
The sound quality on this album is good, but a bit echoey due
to the "simulated stereo" effect. This was a common practice
in the 1960's and 1970's, an attempt to make older mono recordings
sound fuller and more stereo-like.
All images on this page from the collection of Scott
Courtesy of Epic Records
† Studio (not film soundtrack) recording
Judy Garland track in blue.
One - Side One
Year's Kisses †
(20th Century-Fox - 1937)
Gold Digger Song (We're In The Money) †
Diggers Of 1933
(Warner Bros. - 1933)
High, Swing Low
(Paramount - 1937)
From The Shoulder (Right From The Heart) * †