Monday, June 21, 2010

My heart wants to sing every song it hears

I think I sort of lost focus on my whole list project. You see, it all started out as this thing where I'd make a list every month. Just one post. Just one list. And then, when I started listing out my favorite dancers and linking to all my favorite dances, it occurred to me that no one would have the time or the inclination to watch all of those dances all at once, but they might watch them if I posted one post on each dancer. Anyway, then it sort of worked its way into this huge project where I was posting practically every day, and at least every week on these lists and I think I may have gotten a bit carried away. I like lists. I think lists are fun. I like reading them and I enjoy writing them. The whole point of this was to take the memes of Favorite Actors and Favorite Actresses one step farther and start more lists. I had hoped that maybe other bloggers would participate and then we could be listing our favorites and it would be barrels of fun.

So, I think I'm going to go back to my original intent. I'm going to write a list a month and let it go at that. Every now and again, I may move back into multiple postings and, at that point, I'll let you know. But I think that, for the most part, I'd like to just stick with lists. So, here is my list for the month of June:

Favorite female singers in movies:

20. Irene Dunne
Favorite song: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from Roberta

19. Jane Powell
Favorite song: "Goin' Cotin'" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

18. Shirley Jones
Favorite song: "Many A New Day" from Oklahoma

17. Kathryn Grayson
Favorite song: "I Hate Men" from Kiss Me Kate

16. Ann Blyth
Favorite song: "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads" from Kismet (song clip starts at 1:42)

15. June Allyson
Favorite song: "Thou Swell" from Words and Music

14. Judy Garland
Favorite song: "Mr. Monotony" from Easter Parade

13. Frances Langford
Favorite song: "Over There" from Yankee Doodle Dandy

12. Marni Nixon
Favorite songs: "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story and "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady

11. Doris Day
Favorite song: "The Deadwood Stage" from Calamity Jane

10. Dolores Gray

Favorite song: "Not Since Ninevah" from Kismet (song clip starts at 2:11)
I love the way Dolores Gray belts. She has an awesome voice that is powerful and sultry at the same time. I'd like to see her in more films but I've only seen in her Kismet and It's Always Fair Weather. Any recommendations?

9. Rosemary Clooney
Favorite song: "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" from White Christmas

6. Annette Funicello
Favorite songs: "Strummin' Song" from The Horsemasters, "I Can't Do The Sum" from Babes In Toyland, and "I Think You Think" from Beach Blanket Bingo

7. Gloria de Haven

Favorite song: "My Mother Told Me" from Two Girls and a Sailor

6. Marilyn Monroe
Favorite songs: "Lazy" from There's No Business Like Show Business, "I Wanna Be Loved By You" from Some Like It Hot, "I'm Through With Love" from Some Like It Hot and... well, basically, I love her, so pretty much every song.

5. Ginger Rogers
Favorite songs: "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket" from Follow the Fleet, "Let Yourself Go" from Follow the Fleet, "We're In The Money" from The Gold Diggers of 1933

4. Ann Miller

Favorite songs: "Prehistoric Man" from On The Town, "Too Darn Hot" from Kiss Me Kate (really weird vid, sorry! but the audio is good), and "Shakin' the Blues Away" from Easter Parade.

3. Lena Horne
Favorite songs: "Honeysuckle Rose" from Thousands Cheer and "Paper Doll" from Two Girls and a Sailor (I'm sorry that I have no YouTube vids to share. I couldn't find either of these online)

2. Fran Jeffries

Favorite songs: "Meglio Stasera" from The Pink Panther and "Sex and the Single Girl" from Sex and the Single Girl

1. Julie Andrews

Favorite songs: "I Have Confidence" from Sound of Music, "Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)" from Mary Poppins, and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Thoroughly Modern Millie


  1. Great new header! Okay, I honestly don't know how new it is because I've been away from Blogger for several days. Old or new, though, it's great (as is the new layout).

    As always, great choices. Delores Gray never gets enough attention, so I'm glad you mentioned her. I love all three of Ginger's songs that you posted (they're probably my favorites, too). Doris Day is one of my favorite singers. I love Jane Powell.

    Okay, the above, weird, disjointed paragraph is only there (although, I do mean all that I said, of course) because I felt I should have some sort of preamble to the huge overspill of gratitude.

    Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!!! I used to watch Babes in Toyland when I was really little, and I've always wondered who the girl was. I actually looked it up a long time ago, but that was before I knew who Annette Funicello was and I'd completely forgotten. Thank you!

    Also, thank you for reminding me how much I love that movie. I'm going to have to get it out again sometime. It's been far too long since I've watched it.

    Thanks again!

  2. You have some great faves here! My number one would also be Julie Andrews, she is an amazing woman. Even though she can't sing anymore, she still did a little bit in the Princess Diaries 2 and I thought it was amazing, I watched the behind the scenes and she was so happy.


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