Happy, Easter, everybody! Keeping the tradition of releasing a Song of the Day for the holidays, we bring you… Easter Parade.
Now, this was not an easy task. Easter isn’t exactly the go-to holiday for carols and animated specials. I almost went with The Bunny Hop, but I couldn’t find a decent copy. It got so tough that I even looked up if that stupid Easter Bilby had a song!
But then I remembered this cunning little song from my far-off childhood.
The song Easter Parade was performed and popularized by Judy Garland in a film of the same name, and our film buffs in the audience may have recognized the man she’s serenading is Fred Astaire, although the song predates the show.
The melody was actually written by Irving Berlin in 1917 under the title “Smile and Show Your Dimple.” The song wasn’t a hit by any stretch of the imagination, but “the composer filed away the melody for later use.” Fast forward to 1933 and the song was introduced by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb in a Broadway musical titled As Thousands Cheer. The song was then first sun in Bing Crosby’s 1942 film Holiday Inn. Garland had better success with the song, however, as “It was the most financially successful picture for both Garland and Astaire as well as the highest-grossing musical of the year.”
Our runner-up would have been this, if only because I used it already in another article:
All I can gather is that it’s a cover of a Frank Sinatra song. And yes, Shari Lewis was Jewish. And Lamp-Chop was a parody of Fanny Brice, who was also Jewish. And lamb is kosher… make of that what you will. On the other hand, lambs were part of this holiday from the get-go, so it kind of makes sense. And it’s perfectly in Lamb-Chop’s nature to showboat.
Hush-Puppy also had a song, but I can’t figure out where it came from.
Happy Easter, Everyone!