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A PRETTY GIRL IS LIKE A MELODY From the Broadway Revue "Ziegfeld Follies Of 1919) (Irving Berlin) John Steel (Broadway Production) - 1919 Sam Ash - 1919 Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (Instr.) - 1929 Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees - 1935 Dennis Morgan (feat. in the film "The Great Ziegfeld") - 1936 Artie Shaw & His New Music (Instr.) - 1936 Al Jolson - 1936 Geraldo & His Orch. (vocal: Cavan O'Connor) - 1936 Seger Ellis & His Orch. (Instr.)- 1937 Eddie South & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1940 Kenny Baker - 1940 George Shearing (Instr.) - 1942 Fred Astaire (feat. in the film "Blue Skies") - 1946 Mario Lanza - 1946 Wayne King & His Orch. - 1946 Larry Clinton & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1946 Sammy Kaye & His Orch. - 1949 Don Byas (Instr.) - 1950 Earl Hines & His Orch. (vocal: Johnny Hartman) - 1953 Ethel Merman (feat. in the film "There's No Business Like Show Business") - 1954 Lou Stein (Instr.) - 1956 Pat Boone - 1957 Steve Allen & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1959 Larry Elgart & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1960 The Piltdown Men (Instr.) - 1962 Bobby Vinton - 1964 Walter Willison (feat. in the TV film "Ziegfeld: The Man And His Women") - 1978 Bing Crosby; Vic Damone; Frances Day; Bobby Gordon; Frank Sinatra; Judy Garland; Allan Jones; Liberace; Tommy Kinsman & His Band; Rod Stewart; Woody Allen; Sonny Lester & Orch.; Jackie Gleason; Beegie Adair; Svend Asmussen; Ralph Sharon Trio; Coleman Hawkins; Grady Martin & The Slew Foot Five; Paul Whiteman; Louis Armstrong; Django Reinhardt; Stanley Black; Joe Loco & His Latin Combo; Arthur Kay Ensemble; Eddie Heywood; Mose Allison; Billy Wallace Trio; ............... and many others. As recorded by JOHN STEEL, June 30th 1919: I have an ear for music And I have an eye for a maid I link a pretty girly With each pretty tune that's played They go together like sunny weather Goes with the month of May I've studied girls and music So I'm qualified to say A pretty girl is like a melody That haunts you night and day Just like the strain of a haunting refrain She'll start upon a marathon And run around your brain You can't escape, she's in your memory By morning, night and noon She will leave you and then come back again A pretty girl is just like a pretty tune A pretty girl is like a melody That haunts you night and day Just like the strain of a haunting refrain She'll start upon a marathon And run around your brain You can't escape, she's in your memory By morning, night and noon She will leave you and then come back again A pretty girl is just like a pretty tune (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - November 2013) ********************* Extra verses as originally performed on Braodway: (To the melody of Dvorak's Humoresque) While a string orchestra played This lovely tune I met a maid And from the start she set my brain awhirl But alas we parted soon And now I love to hear this tune For it reminds me of that certain girl (To the melody of Mendelsohn's Spring Song) Once I met a girlie at the close of spring I began to woo her and she answered, "Yes", that summer But when I went out to buy the wedding ring She left me flat and ran off with a drummer (To the melody of Massina's Elegy) While the cello moaned tenderly this melody She said to me, "I love you" When the cello fellow was through he said, "Adieu" She said, "Me too" and flew (To the melody of Offenbach's Barcarolle from "Tales of Hoffman") At the opera she said, "My dear, I love you with all my soul" While the singers filled up my ear With Offenbach's Barcarolle When the music died away, her love for me grew cold And I found she told better tales Than old Hoffman told (To the melody of Schubert's Serenade) Once to a maid, this sweet serenade I sang with feeling and grace I vocalized just how much I prized Her form and beautiful face Sad to say the maiden's husband Came with a spade And ruined my serenade (To the melody of Schumann's Traumerei) We met one evening at a dance The band was playing, I was saying Give me just a chance She told me of a boy in France And then she vanished and it banished My romance

    


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