Sponsored by
The American Tune Lovers Society

Celebrate National Carry A Tune Week!

The next week will be October 1-7, 2017


See the tunes selected for the
16th Annual Week in 2016

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Total tunes for Tune Week, 2001-2016 = 476 tunes




"You must remember this...

CASABLANCA had its world premiere in New York City in November of 1942
but wasn't released widely until 1943.
It received Oscars for Best Motion Picture of the Year,
Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and
Best Screenplay (Julius and Philip Epstein and Howard Koch).
The music score by Max Steiner was nominated for an Oscar.
The song "As Time Goes By" wasn't eligible for an Oscar
because it had been written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931
for a Broadway musical. It was purchased
by Warner Bros. and used in CASABLANCA,
where it was sung in an unforgettable rendition by Dooley Wilson.

"As Time Goes By" was No. 2 on the list of Top 100 Movie Songs
compiled by the American Film Institute in 2004.

Now, "as time goes by," it is time to remember tunes from your past.

Plan now to take part in this free online event.

This popular movie song is discussed in

"As Time Goes By" - A Guide to Film Music
by Roger Hall

Read about it -- click here











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American Places - Musical Travels


"It's Magic"
A One Hundredth Birthday Celebration of Sammy Cahn



"Land of Our Hearts"
American Songs of War and Peace



"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Early Songs of Protest and Patriotism






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458 tunes were selected by online readers between 2001 and 2015.

Definitions for a "tune" --

(a) a pleasing succession of musical tones: Melody.

(b) a dominant theme.

--from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

To participate in this annual online event

National Carry A Tune Week is a free online annual event.

It was the idea of Roger Lee Hall, as a way to remember those lost in the terroist attacks in the U.S.A. on 9/11/ 2001.

It has continued on from that year and now has over 400 tunes chosen by online readers.

This week is also held to honor the first prominent American tune composer, William Billings, born in Boston on October 7, 1746 and died there in 1800. His best known tune written during the American Revolution was "Chester."

Do you have favorite tunes that have special meaning for you?

You might pick favorite tunes from your school days, from a favorite song you heard on radio or online, from a love relationship, from a concert, in memory of a departed family member or friend, or from any other time in your past.

This week is designed for those who want to recall some of their favorite tunes from their past and "carry" them that week to remember fond memories, like favorite old photos.

This week should be fun.

It can also be of educational value in schools to teach the students about the importance of music in American history.

This is a Free Worldwide Event and open to other countries in addition to the U.S.A.

All tunes must be American in origin composed on or before 2001. Sorry, no Beatles tunes or other tunes from countries outside the U.S.A.

These are the six categories:

I. Patriotic Music -- band music, patriotic songs
II. Folk Music -- traditional folk, contemporary singer-songwriter
III. Religious Music -- sacred instrumental or vocal, spirituals, gospel music
IV. Popular Music -- blues, jazz, easy listening, ethnic, country, rock, others
V. Classical Music -- concert songs and arias, short instrumental works
VI. Film Music -- film score themes, movie songs

For this 16th Annual Tune Week you can select from 1 to 6 favorite tunes from any of the 6 categories.

If you don't know the tune composer or which category to place the tune in, just indicate the tune title.

Your personal comments about the tunes are welcome but are not required,
unless you wish to enter the contest for a Free CD (shipping included).

Musicians are encouraged to perform at least one American tune in commemoration of National Carry A Tune Week in their concerts or elsewhere.

Teachers are urged to choose one or more American tunes for that week to teach their students more about it or ask them to find out about a particular tune and if possible have them perform it.

Listeners are asked to play one or more favorite American tunes that week at home, in their car, at work, while exercising, or any ofther place.

Only your first name will be used in the survey list unless you wish to remain anonymous (please indicate your preference).

Select your list with from 1 to 6 tunes written before 2001 and include brief personal comments if you wish to enter the contest for a Free CD.

Click here for any questions how to participate


See a few sample tunes from each category

click here



A gallery of American tunes (1750-1999)

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400 recorded songs

How many do you remember?

50 Song Hits of 1963

50 Song Hits of 1962

50 song hits from 1961

50 song hits from 1960

50 song hits from 1959

50 song hits from 1958

50 song hits from 1957

50 song hits from 1956





For film music fans

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century










Here are a few sample titles
in each category
to give some ideas...


I. Patriotic Music:

"America the Beautiful"

"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

"Chester" (William Billings)

"God Bless America" (Irving Berlin)

"Stars and Stripes Forever March (John Philip Sousa)

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (Patrick S. Gilmore)



II. Folk Music:

Bob Dylan: "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Woody Guthrie: "This Land is Your Land"

Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly): "Goodnight, Irene"

Joni Mitchell: "Both Sides Now"

Bill Monroe: "Blue Moon of Kentucky"

Pete Seeger: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"




III. Religious Music:

Revival hymn: "Shall We Gather At The River"

Folk hymn: "Amazing Grace"

Folk hymn: "What Wondrous Love Is This?"

Shaker song:
"Simple Gifts" (1848)
(Elder Joseph Brackett)

Afro-American spiritual: "Go Down, Moses

Gospel song: "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley"
(Thomas A. Dorsey)

Environmental hymn: "Creator God, We Give You Thanks"
(Roger Lee Hall)




IV. Popular Songs:

Harold Arlen: "Blues In The Night"

Hoagy Carmichael: "Star Dust"

Duke Ellington: "Solitude"

George Gershwin: "Someone To Watch Over Me"

Hank Williams: "Cold, Cold Heart"

James Van Heusen: "High Hopes"





V. Classical Music:

Amy Beach: "The Year's at the Spring" from Three Browning Songs

Leonard Bernstein: "Glitter and Be Gay" from CANDIDE

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Francis Hopkinson: "My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free"
(first American art song)

Scott Joplin:"A Real Slow Drag" from TREEMONISHA

George Gershwin: "Summertime" from PORGY AND BESS



VI. Film Music (Themes and Songs):

Bernard Herrmann: CITIZEN KANE (Main Theme)

Alex North: SPARTACUS (Love theme)

John Williams: STAR WARS (Main Theme)

James Van Heusen: "All The Way" from THE JOKER IS WILD

David Raksin: "Laura" (Main Theme and Song)

Ken Darby: "Love Me Tender" (Movie song)

Gallery of Sample Music


(William Billings, 1770/1778)

"Yankee Doodle"


"Joy to the World"
(tune: Lowell Mason, 1848)
popular Christmas carol

"Dixie's Land (or Dixie)"
(music & lyrics by Daniel D. Emmett, 1859)

"Battle Hymn Of The Republic"
(tune: "Glory, Hallelujah," 1862)

1900 - 1910

Song: "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
Words by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer (1908)


Song: Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911)
Words & Music by Irving Berlin

naPopular song hits from 1914 l C

Song: "Swanee"
Words by Irving Caesar
Music by George Gershwin (1919)

Introduced by Al Jolson in the stage musical, SINBAD


Song: "Baby Face"
Words & Music: Benny Davis and Harry Akst (1926)




Song: "Singin' in the Rain"
Words by Arthur Freed
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
from the movie musical,
(used later in the popular 1952 musical)





Song: "All The Things You Are"

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Jerome Kern
from the stage show, VERY WARM FOR MAY (1939)



Song: "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Words and Music by Cole Porter
from the movie musical, BORN TO DANCE (1936)
one of Frank Sinatra's greatest recordings in the 1950s








Song:: "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive"
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
sung by Bing Crosby in the movie musical,



Song:: "At Last"
Words by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Warren
featured in the movie with Glenn Miller and His Band,





Song:: "When You Wish Upon A Star"
Words by Ned Washington
Music by Leigh Harline
Oscar-winning song sung by Cliff Edwards
in the Walt Disney animated movie,






Song: "Loving You"
Words & Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
from the movie LOVING YOU (1957)
sung by Elvis Presley






Song: "Memories Are Made of This"
Words & Music
by Terry Gilkerson, Rick Dehr, Frank Miller (1956)
hit song by Dean Martin





Song: "Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You)"
Words & Music by Larry Russell, Inez James, Buddy Pepper
Hit record by Les Paul and Mary Ford (1953)





Song: "Moon River"
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
Oscar-winning song from


Song:: "Call Me Irresponsible"
Words by Sammy Cahn
Music by James Van Heusen
hit song by Frank Sinatra
Oscar-winning song from the film,




Song: "The Shadow of Your Smile"
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
Oscar-winning song from the film,






Song: "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"
Words & Music by Stevie Wonder (1972)







Song: "Let The River Run"
Words & Music by Carly Simon
Oscar-winning song from the film,

Sammy Film Music Award







"Hymn To The Fallen"
Music by John Williams
from the film, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)





National Carry A Tune Week

How did this annual event begin?


Back in 2001, ASCAP composer and music preservationist Roger Hall wanted to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through music. So he came up with the idea of asking music lovers to select tunes for a week of remembrance in October.

Out of that grass roots idea has developed the annual free online event
known as National Carry A Tune Week.

National Carry A Tune Week is held annually near the birthday of America's first tune composer, William Billings, born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 7, 1746.  

For those old enough to remember, October 7 was also the date that the popular program, YOUR HIT PARADE, was premiered on national TV in 1950. This program had been on radio for many years.  Each week the TV program went through the top songs of the week, with a few older songs also included in the program.

One other event for October 7... that's the birthday of songwriter Ralph Rainger (1901-1942). He wrote mostly film songs, including "Love in Bloom" (1934). This song was first recorded by Bing Crosby but later became Jack Benny's theme song.  Rainger, and his lyricist co-writer, Leo Robin, also wrote the Oscar winning song, "Thanks For The Memory" - from THE BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross.   It later became Bob Hope's theme song.


National Carry A Tune Week is listed
in this popular annual directory:

Chase's Calendar of Events 2016








Tunemaker Hall of Fame
(60 American composers and songwriters)





Previous Tune Weeks

Total tunes chosen (2001-2016) = 476

15th Annual National Carry A Tune Week
October 4-10, 2015


The 2015 Tune Week was dedicated to
one of the greatest popular American singers
on the 100th anniversary year of his birth...


Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-1998)



To read the complete descriptions for the tunes sent in,
click on this link:

First to Fourth National Carry a Tune Week 2001-2004

American Song History Survey

Francis Hopkinson

Vol. One (1759-1869)


Julia Ward Howe

Vol. Two (1861-1961)


Related AMP Links


"High Hopes"
A Centennial Tribute to Sammy Cahn



100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

100 Essential Songs of the 20th Century

American Popular Music Survey

American Tune Lovers Society

Essential American Recordings Survey

Favorite Film Music Poll

Movie Song Poll

Sammy Film Music Awards

Song Anniversaries

Songs from The Civil War to The Cold War (1860s-1960s)

Bravo, Bing! Songs by Bing Crosby

Lotsa Lanza! Songs by Mario Lanza

Sensational Sinatra! Songs by Frank Sinatra

Tunemaker Hall of Fame




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