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The Comprehensive Swanee

In 1851 Stephen Foster wrote, both words and music, the song Old Folks at Home.  It starts with the line “Way down upon the Swanee ribber.”  The original sheet music calls it an “Ethiopian Melody  as sung by Christy’s Minstrels  written and composed by E.P. Christy.”  It was commonly called Way Down on the Swanee River and became the most influential song ever written in America.  Dozens and dozens of songs written into the late 20th Century either used Swanee in the title, or in the lyric.  Oddly, there was no Swanee river.  The name was derived from the Suwanee river in Florida.  The first draft of the cited the Pedee river, an actual tributary in South Carolina. In that draft Pedee is crossed out, with Swanee written over it.

 Christy paid Foster a flat fee to claim credit. Foster received royalties for his composition. Long before recordings, and other mass media, spread wide thought live performance and sheet music, the song was a smash hit. In1851 the play Old Folks at Home opened at Barnum’s Museum and Lecture Room.  The pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk had it in his programs as early as 1853 , as did other classical performers.  Field slaves in the South were heard singing it. 

 After the civil war the Fisk Jubile University Singers used it in their programs of Negro spritatuals.  Antonin Dvorak conducted his own arrangement of it.  The composer Charles Ives wrote that his famous bandmaster father, George Ives, had raised him “and most of the children of (Danbury, Connecticut) for that matter, on Bach and Stephen Foster.”  When Uncle Tom’s Cabin was first performed in Pittsburgh, on November 17, 1853, the musical numbers included “Old Folks at Home.”   A little over a hundred years later the Beatles performed the song in Hamburg and also recorded it.

 Irving Berlin’s first big hit song, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, published in 1911, quoted the melody, and contained the line:

 

         And if you want to hear

             The Swanee River

          Played in ragtime

 Mr. Berlin displayed a portrait of Mr. Foster in his office. In his score for the all black musical film Hallelujah, in 1929,  he paid homage to Foster with the song Swanee Shuffle. George Gershwin’s first hit song, Swanee, with lyrics by Irving Caesar, was written in 1917. The duo had set out to write a song modeled on Old Folks at Home. It languished until 1919 when Al Jolson heard George play it at a party.  Jolson put it in his new review and song sold over a million copies. Irving Caesar, along with Al Jolson, returned to the subject with Swanee River Trail 1927. In 1919 alone over half a dozen songs which sold well featured Swanee in the title. Curiously, most of these songs were written by Northerens, containing references to a mythical place, the “South.”  Hoagie Carmichael, born in Bloomington, Indiana,  also wrote often about this largely fictional place.  His first published song was Riverboat Shuffle (1924).  He went on to evoke the South in: New Orleans,  Lazy Bones,  Rockin’ Chair, and Georgia On My Mind. Georgia on My Mind is the state song of Georgia. Eubie Blake composed and recorded the song Fantasy on Swanee River in 1923. He was also filmed playing this composition in 1923 in a Lee DeForest Photofilm.   Duke Ellington recorded Irving Berlin’s Swanee Shuffle in 1929.  He wrote the song Swanee Rhapsody in 1930.  He returned to the subject in 1962 with Swanee Lullaby.

 In the 1970’s mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani performed Foster’s parlor ballads.  Thomas Hampson released a CD of Stephen Foster songs in 1992. Mark Morris said “I like those songs and will defend them,But it’s complicated, because some people think Huckleberry Finn is horrifyingly racist, and I don’t.  What is better than Way Down upon the Swanee River?  We all know it, and we’re horrified to sing it.”

Popular songs with Swanee, or Suwanee, in the titles.

GOOD-BY, OLD SUWANNEE RIVER 1878

SHE RESTS BY THE SUWANEE RIVER 1898

CAMPIN’ ON DE OLE SWANEE 1899 m. Tony Sanford

DOWN WHERE THE SWANEE RIVER FLOWS 1903 m. Harry Von Tilzer

SUWANEE ECHOS  1904 m. Al W. Brown

WHERE THE SUWANEE RIVER WINDS IT’S SILVERY WAY  1905

SWANEE BABE  1909 w Jack Drislane, m. Dick Richards

JUST AS LONG AS THE SWANEE FLOWS 1911w. Alfred Bryant m. Henriette Blanke-Belcher

I’LL BUILD A PRETTY CABIN WHERE THE SWANEE RIVER FLOWS  1912 w Ballard MacDonald m. Harry Piani

TAKE ME TO THAT SWANEE SHORE 1912 w. L. Wolfe Gilbert m. Lewis Muir

SWANEE ROSE  1913 w. J.R. Shannon m. J.S. Zamecnick

OLD SWANEE RAG   1913 m. R.G. Grady instrumental

UNDER THE SWANEE MOON  1913 w.m. Dick Howard

ON THE BANKS OF THE SWANEE RIVER m. Mrs. C. Dickson

DOWN WHERE THE SWANEE RIVER FLOWS 1916 w. Charles McCarron, Charles Alberte, m. Albert Von Tilzer

SWANEE 1919 w. Irving Caesar m. George Gershwin

TILL THE SWANEE RIVER RUNS DRY  1919 w. & m. Jack Mahoney

SWANEE!  I’M GONNA SIGH NO MORE  1919 w. & m. Eugene Bateman

I’VE GOT THE SWANEE RIVER FLOWING THRU MY VEINS  1919 w. Ed Rose m. Billy Baskette

SWANEE LULLABY 1919 w. Howard W. Rogers m. Billy Baskette

MY SWANEE HOME  1919 w.m. Harry Hamilton

SWANEE SHORE  1919 w. Sidney Mitchell, Irving Kaufman m. Arthur Fields

WHEN IT’S MOONLIGHT ON THE SWANNEE SHORE  1920 m. Richard Whiting

SWANEE RIVER MOON 1921 m. H. Pitman Clarke

ROCK ME IN MY SWANEE CRADLE  1922 w. Mitchell Parish m. Eleanor Young & Harry Squires

SILVER SWANEE  1922 w. Eddie Cantor m. Jean Schwartz

MY SWANEE HOME  1922 m. Robert Duryea & Norman Vause

SWANEE BLUEBIRD  1922 w. Cliff Friend m. Con Conrad

SWANEE SMILES  1922 w. m. Fred Hager & Justin Ring

DON’T CRY, SWANEE 1923 w. Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson m. Con Conrad

TAKE ME BACK TO THAT SHACK (BY THE SWANEE)  1923 m. Cal De Voll

SWANEE CABIN  1923

SWANEE ROSE  1923 w.m. Harry L. Stone

THERE’S A BEND AT THE END OF THE SWANEE  1923 w.m. Louis Breau, Charles Tobias

SWANEE RIVER ROSE 1924 w. Frank Davis m. Sam Braverman

I’M HAUNTED BY THAT SWANEE RIVER SONG  1924 w.m. Troy, Smith, Carlton

SWANEE RIVER DREAMS  1924 w.m. Wendell Hall, Carson Robison

SWANEE BUTTERFLY 1925 w. Billy Rose m. Walter Donaldson

DREAMY SWANEE LULLABY 1926

HELLO, SWANEE, HELLO! 1926 w. Sam Coslow m. Addy Britt

SWANEE RIVER TRAIL 1927 w.m. Al Jolson, Irving Caesar

SWANEE SHORE 1927 w. Cliff Hess m. Charles Bourne

SWANEE CRADLE OF MINE 1928 w Sam Ward, m Lew Pollack

SWANEE SHUFFLE 1929 (MGM Film: “Hallelujah”) w.m. Irving Berlin

FLORIDAY (WHERE THE LAZY SUWANEE FLOWS)  1930

SWANEE RHAPSODY  1930 w. Clarence Gaskill, m. Duke Ellington

SWANEE MOON 1932 (PUBLISHED IN PORTLAND, Irving Schlare, New Heathman Hotel Bldg) w.m. Edgar Lund, Johnny See, Allen Daniels

SHADOWS ON THE SWANEE 1933 w. Joe Young, Johnny Burke m. Harold Spina

SWANEE WOMAN  1933

WHERE THE SWANEE RIVER FLOWS THRU’ HEAVEN 1933 w. John Redmond Jack Lynch m. Ernie Davis

SWANEE RIVER DREAM MAN 1934 w. Cliff Friend, Charles Tobias m. Neil Moret

SOUL OF THE SWANEE  1941

SWANEE RIVER ROCK  1957 w.m. Ray Charles

SWANEE RIVER GAL  1959 w.m. T.D. Ashburn

SWANEE RIVER SHAKE 1961

SWANEE LULLABY  1962 m. Duke Ellington

Other songs by guys who wrote a song with Swanee in the title:

 

JOHNNY BURKE (Lyricist)

Going My Way

Here’s That Rainy Day

Misty

Pennies From Heaven

Personality

Polka Dots and Moon Beams

Swinging on a Star

What’s New

Would You

 

CON CONRAD  ( Composer)

Bend Down Sister

The Continental

Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me

Margie

A Needle in a Haystack

Prisoner of Love

You Call it Madness

 

SAM COSLOW (lyricist)

 

Cocktails For Two

Hello, Swanee Hello

Mr. Paganini

My Old Flame

Sing, You Sinners

Song of the South

 

BUDDY DE SYLVA (Lyricist)

Alabamy Bound

the Best Things in Life are Free

Birth of the Blues

Black Bottom

California Here I Come

If You Knew Susie

Look for the Silver Lining

Somebody Loves Me

Sonny Boy

The Varsity Drag

 

WALTER DONALDSON (Words and Music)

At Sundown

Carolina in the Morning

Did I Remember

How Ya Gonna Keep em Down on the Farm

Love Me Or Leave Me

Makin’  Whoopee

My Blue Heaven

My Buddy

My Mammy

Yes Sir, That’s My Baby

 

CLIFF FRIEND (Music)

 

The Anniversary Waltz

Hello Bluebird

My Honey Said Yes, Yes

Then I’ll Be Happy

We Did It Before and We can Do it Again

When My Dreamboat Comes Home

The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down

 

L. WOLFE GILBERT (Lyricist)

 

Green Eyes

Jeanine, I Dream of Lilac Time

Marta (Rambling Rose of the Wild Wood)

The Peanut Vendor

Ramona\

Take Me To that Swanee Shore

Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

 

NEIL MORET (Music Real Name Chas. Daniels)

 

Chlo-e

Classic Rag

Hiawatha (1903 HUGE Hit, started Indian song craze)

Mickey (1918, first film title song)

Persian Rug

She’s Funny That Way

 

LEWIS MUIR (Music, big influence on Irving Berlin)

 

Mammy Jinny’s Jubilee

Mississippi River Steamboat

Play the Barbershop Chord (made famous by Bert Williams)

Ragtime Cowboy Joe

Take Me to that Swanee Shore

Waiting For the Robert E. Lee

When Ragtime Rosy Ragged the Rosary

 

SIDNEY MITCHELL (Lyricist)

 

At the Codfish Ball

It’s Love I’m After

Swanee Shore

Who’s Afraid of Love

You Do the Darndest Things, Baby

You Turned the Tables on Me

 

CARSON ROBISON (Music)

 

Carry Me Back, To the lone Prairie

Take Me Back, To My Boots and Saddle

Empty Saddles

 

JEAN SCHWARTZ (Music)

 

Chinatown, My Chinatown

Hello Central, Give Me No Man’s Land

Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody

 

CHRIS SMITH (Music)

 

Ballin’ the Jack

Down Among the Sugar Cane

Fifteen Cents

 

HAROLD SPINA (music)

 

Annie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

I Love to Walk in the Rain

Just Around the Corner

Little Miss Broadway

We Should be Together

 

CHARLIE TOBIAS (Lyricist)

 

Comes Love

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

The Old Lamplighter

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

We Did it Before and We Can do it Again

 

RICHARD WHITING (Music)

 

ain’t We Got Fun

Beyond The Blue Horizon

Hooray For Hollywood

Louise

Mammy’s Little Coal Black Rose

My Ideal

On The Good Ship Lollipop

Sleepy Time Gal

The Japanese Sandman

They Call it Dixieland

Too Marvelous for Words

Ukelele Lady

When It’s Moonlight on the Suwanee Shore

 

Darn,  I should have listed the Swanee songs by these guys.  I’ll have to go back and do that later.

 

There will further entrees on songs for all of the Southern states, and also prominent towns, such as New Orleans and Memphis. 

 

There will also be a separate entry for Stephen Foster.

 

Finally, I need to work this in somewhere in the body:

 

In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois singled out Old Folks at Home for praise. 

 

A song a year for the 20th Century

 

1901 Good Morning, Carrie w.Cecil Mack m. Chris Smith & Elmer Bowman

1902 In The Good Old Summer Time w. Ren Shields m. George Evans.
1903 Good-bye, Eliza Jane w. Andrew B. Sterling m. Harry Von Tilzer
1904 Give My Regards to Broadway w.m. George M. Cohan
1905 In My Merry Oldsmobile w. Vincent P. Bryan m. Gus Edwards
1906 Cheyenne w. Harry H. Williams m. Egbert Van Alstyne
1907 Redwing w. Thurland Chattaway m.Kerry Mills
1908 Shine on Harvest Moon w. Jack Norworth m.Nora Bays & Jack Norworth
1909 I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now w.Will M. Hough, Frank R. Adams m. Joseph E. Howard & Harold Orlob
1910 Chinatown, My Chinatown w. William Jerome m. Jean Schwartz1911 When Ragtime Rosy Ragged the Rosary w Edgar Leslie m Lewis Muir1912 My Melancholy Baby” w. George A. Norton m. Ernie Burnett
1913 Fifteen Cents w.m. Chris Smith
1914 Down Among The Sheltering Palms w. James Brockman m. Abe Olman1915 Alabama Jubilee words by Jack Yellen, Music by George L Cobb

1916 If You Were the Only Girl (in the World) w. Clifford Grey m. Nat D. Ayer
1917 For Me And My Gal w. Edgar Leslie & E. Ray Goetz m. George W. Meyer
1918 After You’ve Gone w. Henry Creamer m. Turner Layton
1919 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me)w.m. Ballard MacDonald, Joe Goodwin & James F. Hanley
1920 Whispering w. Malvin Schonberger m. John Schonberger
1921 Arkansas Blues w.m. Spencer Williams, Joseph Lada
1922 Carolina in the Morning w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
1923 Old Fashioned Love w. Cecil Mack m. James P. Johnson
1924 The Wreck of the Old 97 Probable w. Charles Noell Probable m. Henry Whitter
1925 Manhattan w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers
1926 When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along) w.m. Harry M. Woods
1927 At Sundown w.m. Walter Donaldson
1928 Doin’ The Raccoon w. Raymond Klages m. J. Fred Coots
1929 Looking At You w.m. Cole Porter
1930 Time on My Hands w. Harold Adamson & Mack Gordon m. Vincent Youmans
1931 When Your Lover Has Gone w.m. E. A. Swan
1932 The Song is You w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern
1933 Close Your Eyes w.m. Bernice Petkere
1934 Stars Fell on Alabama w. Mitchell Parish m. Frank Perkins
1935 These Foolish Things w. Holt Marvell m. Jack Strachey & Harry Link
1936 I Can’t Get Started w. Ira Gershwin m. Vernon Duke
1937 They All Laughed w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
1938 Jeepers Creepers w. Johnny Mercer m. Harry Warren.

1939 What’s New? w. Johnny Burke m. Bob Haggart
1940 Polka Dots and Moonbeams w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen
1941 I’ll Remember April w. Don Raye & Patricia Johnston m. Gene De Paul
1942 That Old Black Magic w. Johnny Mercer m. Harold Arlen
1943 Moonlight in Vermont w. John Blackburn m. Karl Suessdorf
1944 Don’t Fence Me In w.m. Cole Porter
1945 Give Me the Simple Life w. Harry Ruby m. Rube Bloom
1946 Stella by Starlight w. Ned Washington m. Victor Young
1947 (I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China w.m. Frank Loesser
1948 It’s Too Darn Hot w.m. Cole Porter
1949 Some Enchanted Evening w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers
1950 Swinging In a Hammock 1930 w.m. Vee Lawnhurst, et al. A hit in 1950 for Guy Lombardo
1951 Shall We Dance? w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers I prefer to this in 4/4 time
1952 (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I w.m Bill Trader
1953 Parker’s Mood w.m. Parker, Beeks.
1954 In Other Words(aka Fly Me To The Moon) w.m. Bart Howard
1955 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning w. Bob Hilliard m. Dave Mann
1956 Just In Time w. Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Jule Styne
1957 Too Close For Comfort w. Larry Holofcener & George David Weiss m. Jerry Bock
1958 Oh, Lonesome Me w.m. Don Gibson I prefer to do this at the Neil Young tempo
1959 Sea Of Love w.m. George Khoury & Phil Baptiste
1960 Hey Look Me Over w Carolyn Leigh m Cy Coleman
1961 Blue Bayou w.m. Joe Melson & Roy Orbison
1962 From a Jack to a King w.m. Ned Miller. Released in 1958 but it took to 1962 to become a hit
1963 Yeh, Yeh w. Jon Hendricks m. Rodgers Grant, Pat Patrick
1964 A Summer Song w.m. Chad Stuart Jeremy Clyde
1965 Like a Rolling Stone w.m. Bob Dylan
1966 Get Ready w.m. Smokey Robinson
1967 Friday on My Mind w.m. George Young, Harry Vanda
1968 MacArthur Park w.m. Jimmie Webb
1969 Crimson and Clover w.m. Peter Lucia Jr. Tommy James
1970 Instant Karma w.m. John Lennon
1971 Your Song w. Bernie Taupin m. Elton John
1972 Let’s Stay Together w.m. Al Green
1973 Drive-in Saturday w.m. Davie Bowie
1974 The Air That I Breathe w.m. Albert Hammond Mike Hazlewood
1975 Science Fiction Double Feature w.m. Richard O’Brien
1976 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald w.m. Gordon Lightfoot
1977 Lay Down Sally w.m. Eric Clapton, Marcy Levy, George Terry
1978 Life’s Been Good w.m. Joe Walsh
1979 Y.M.C.A. w.m. Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes, Felipe Rose, Victor Willis, David Hodo, Alex Briley
1980 Twilight ZoneTwilight Tone w.m. Jay Graydon, Bernard Herrmann, Alan Paul
198 Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby w.m. Louis Jordan, Billy Austin. Covered by Joe Jackson
1982 Up Where We Belong w. Will Jennings m. Buffy Sainte-Marie & Jack Nitzsche
1983 Blister in the Sun w.m. Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie
1984 The Sports Page w.m. Dave Frishberg
1985 Money for Nothing w.m. Mark Knopfler, Sting
1986 Al Bowlly’s in Heaven w.m. Richard Thompson
1987 Didn’t We Almost Have it All w.m. Michael Masser, Will Jennings
1988 What I Am w.m. Edie Brickell, Kenny Withrow
1989 Timber w.m Kostas Lazarides
1990 I Love to See You Smile w.m. Randy Newman
1991 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life w.m. Eric Idle
1992 Baby Got Back w.m. Sir Mixalot
1993 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You w.m. Van Morrison Covered by Rod Stewart
1994 Bad Reputation w.m. Freedy Johnston
1995 Bury Me in Dixieland w.m. Buck Evans
1996 Wonder w.m. Natalie Merchant
1997 Another Suitcase another Hall w.m. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber by Madonna in Evita
1998 Gone With the Breeze w.m. Jack Brownlow.
1999 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes w. Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern covered by Bucky Pizzarelli
2000 I Thought About You m. Jimmy Van Husen w. Johnny Mercer covered by Terence Blanchard

A Song for each year of the Twentieth Century

A song a year for the 20th Century

1901 Good Morning, Carrie w.Cecil Mack m. Chris Smith & Elmer Bowman
1902 In The Good Old Summer Time w. Ren Shields m. George Evans. 
1903 Good-bye, Eliza Jane w. Andrew B. Sterling m. Harry Von Tilzer
1904 Give My Regards to Broadway w.m. George M. Cohan
1905 In My Merry Oldsmobile w. Vincent P. Bryan m. Gus Edwards 
1906 Cheyenne w. Harry H. Williams m. Egbert Van Alstyne 
1907 Redwing w. Thurland Chattaway m.Kerry Mills
1908 Shine on Harvest Moon wJack Norworth m.Nora Bays & Jack Norworth 
1909 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now w.Will M. Hough, Frank R. Adams m. Joseph E. Howard & Harold Orlob 
1910 Chinatown, My Chinatownw. William Jerome m. Jean Schwartz
1911 When Ragtime Rosy Ragged the Rosary w Edgar Leslie m Lewis Muir
1912 My Melancholy Baby” w. George A. Norton m. Ernie Burnett 
1913 Fifteen Cents w.m. Chris Smith 
1914 Down Among The Sheltering Palmsw. James Brockman m. Abe Olman
1915 I Love a Piano w.m. Irving Berlin
1916 If You Were the Only Girl (in the World) w. Clifford Grey m. Nat D. Ayer 
1917 For Me And My Gal w. Edgar Leslie & E. Ray Goetz m. George W. Meyer 
1918 After You've Gone w. Henry Creamer m. Turner Layton 
1919 Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me)w.m. Ballard MacDonald, Joe Goodwin & James F. Hanley
1920 Whispering w. Malvin Schonberger m. John Schonberger
1921 I'm Nobody's Baby w.m. Benny Davis, Milton Ager & Lester Santly
1922 Carolina in the Morning w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson
1923 Old Fashioned Love w. Cecil Mack m. James P. Johnson
1924 The Wreck of the Old 97 Probable w. Charles Noell Probable m. Henry Whitter
1925 Manhattan w. Lorenz Hart m. Richard Rodgers 
1926 When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along) w.m. Harry M. Woods
1927 At Sundown w.m. Walter Donaldson 
1928 Doin' The Raccoon w. Raymond Klages m. J. Fred Coots 
1929 Looking At You w.m. Cole Porter
1930 Time on My Hands w. Harold Adamson & Mack Gordon m. Vincent Youmans
1931 When Your Lover Has Gone w.m. E. A. Swan"
1932 The Song is You w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Jerome Kern
1933 Close Your Eyes w.m. Bernice Petkere 
1934 Stars Fell on Alabama w. Mitchell Parish m. Frank Perkins
1935 These Foolish Thingsw. Holt Marvell m. Jack Strachey & Harry Link
1936 I Can't Get Started w. Ira Gershwin m. Vernon Duke
1937 They All Laughed w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin
1938 Jeepers Creepers w. Johnny Mercer m. Harry Warren.
1939 l What's New? w. Johnny Burke m. Bob Haggart
1940 Polka Dots and Moonbeams w. Johnny Burke m. Jimmy Van Heusen
1941 I'll Remember April w. Don Raye & Patricia Johnston m. Gene De Paul
1942 That Old Black Magic w. Johnny Mercer m. Harold Arlen
1943 Moonlight in Vermont w. John Blackburn m. Karl Suessdorf
1944 Don't Fence Me In w.m. Cole Porter 
1945 Give Me the Simple Life w. Harry Ruby m. Rube Bloom
1946 Stella by Starlight w. Ned Washington m. Victor Young
1947 (I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China w.m. Frank Loesser
1948 It's Too Darn Hot w.m. Cole Porter 
1949 Some Enchanted Evening w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers 
1950 Swinging In a Hammock 1930 w.m. Vee Lawnhurst, et al. A hit in 1950 for Guy Lombardo 
1951 Shall We Dance? w. Oscar Hammerstein II m. Richard Rodgers I prefer to this in 4/4 time
1952 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I w.m Bill Trader
1953 Parker's Mood w.m. Parker, Beeks. 
1954 In Other Words(aka Fly Me To The Moon) w.m. Bart Howard
1955 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning w. Bob Hilliard m. Dave Mann
1956 Just In Time w. Betty Comden & Adolph Green m. Jule Styne
1957 Too Close For Comfort w. Larry Holofcener & George David Weiss m. Jerry Bock
1958 Oh, Lonesome Me w.m. Don Gibson I prefer to do this at the Neil Young tempo
1959 Sea Of Love w.m. George Khoury & Phil Baptiste
1960 Hey Look Me Over w Carolyn Leigh m Cy Coleman
1961 Blue Bayou w.m. Joe Melson & Roy Orbison 
1962 From a Jack to a King w.m. Ned Miller. Released in 1958 but it took to 1962 to become a hit
1963 Yeh, Yeh w. Jon Hendricks m. Rodgers Grant, Pat Patrick 
1964 A Summer Song w.m. Chad StuartJeremy Clyde
1965 Like a Rolling Stone w.m. Bob Dylan
1966 Get Ready w.m. Smokey Robinson 
1967 Friday on My Mind w.m. George Young, Harry Vanda
1968 MacArthur Park w.m. Jimmie Webb
1969 Crimson and Clover w.m. Peter Lucia Jr. Tommy James 
1970 Instant Karma w.m. John Lennon 
1971 Your Song w. Bernie Taupin m. Elton John 
1972 Let's Stay Together w.m. Al Green 
1973 Drive-in Saturday w.m. Davie Bowie
1974 The Air That I Breathe w.m. Albert Hammond Mike Hazlewood
1975 Science Fiction Double Feature w.m. Richard O'Brien
1976 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald w.m. Gordon Lightfoot
1977 Lay Down Sally w.m. Eric Clapton, Marcy Levy, George Terry 
1978 Life's Been Good w.m. Joe Walsh 
1979 Y.M.C.A. w.m. Randy Jones, Glenn Hughes, Felipe Rose, Victor Willis, David Hodo, Alex Briley
1980 Twilight ZoneTwilight Tone w.m. Jay Graydon, Bernard Herrmann, Alan Paul
198 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby w.m. Louis Jordan, Billy Austin. Covered by Joe Jackson 
1982 Up Where We Belong w. Will Jennings m. Buffy Sainte-Marie & Jack Nitzsche
1983 Blister in the Sun w.m. Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie 
1984 The Sports Page w.m. Dave Frishberg
1985 Money for Nothing w.m. Mark Knopfler, Sting
1986 Al Bowlly's in Heaven w.m. Richard Thompson 
1987 Didn't We Almost Have it All w.m. Michael Masser, Will Jennings
1988 What I Am w.m. Edie Brickell, Kenny Withrow
1989 Timber w.m Kostas Lazarides 
1990 I Love to See You Smile w.m. Randy Newman
1991 Always Look on the Bright Side of Life w.m. Eric Idle 
1992 Baby Got Back w.m. Sir Mixalot 
1993 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You w.m. Van Morrison Covered by Rod Stewart
1994 Bad Reputation w.m. Freedy Johnston 
1995 Bury Me in Dixieland w.m. Buck Evans 
1996 Wonder w.m. Natalie Merchant 
1997 Another Suitcase another Hall w.m. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber by Madonna in Evita 
1998 Gone With the Breeze w.m. Jack Brownlow. 
1999 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes w. Dorothy Fields m. Jerome Kern covered by Bucky Pizzarelli 
2000 I Thought About You m. Jimmy Van Husen w. Johnny Mercer covered by Terence Blanchard