This week, it was music by Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cy Coleman and others who were lyricked by Dorothy Fields. Next to be kudos’d is the music of Harold Arlen: “Somewhere, Over The Rainbow,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Stormy Weather,” “Blues In The Night,” “World On A String,” “Come Rain Or Come Shine.” And among the many films for which he wrote music was “Mr. Imperium” — with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. It starred Lana Turner and Ezio Pinza.
Harold’s son, saxophonist Sam Arlen, is bringing a live concert, “The Wonderful Wizard of Song,” to the Ford Theater in Hollywood, June 1, 2, 3 in advance of a hoped-for tour to London, N.Y., San Francisco and Boston.
Sam A. says his show will also include films his father shot on the MGM stages of “Over The Rainbow.” They include footage with Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley. Also home movies with the “Rainbow” stars and others of that era. The Ford theater show will include a screen tribute by Tony Bennett, a 12-piece orchestra, the Three Crooners, Barbara Morrison. Nigel Wright is musical director. Arlen says “Our aim is to have the recognition of Harold’s name with his music — as the music of Gershwin and Berlin is recognized with their songs.”
There is nothing like paternal pride.