National Carry A Tune Week


Tune In and Take Part!

October 5 -
11, 2014


The film had its world premiere in New York City in 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 and later was purchased
by Warner Bros. for use in CASABLANCA.



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Definitions for a "tune" --

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

(b) a dominant theme.

--from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.

Rules for this annual online event

National Carry A Tune Week is a free online annual which began in 2001 and is meant to be enjoyable and fun. Yet, it can also have a more serious side, like picking a tune in memory of a lost loved one.

Some people don't like rules, but the simple rules for Carry A Tune Week are designed to provide a way of classifying tunes for this annual event and not meant to punish those who don't know which category to put their tunes. When in doubt you can leave out the information about songwriters or dates.

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 television, a love relationship, in memory of a departed family member or friend, or any other time from your past.

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

This week can also be of educational value in schools to teach the students about the value of music in America's past history.

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

You don’t need to be a singer or an instrumentalist to take part, but musicians and music teachers are especially asked to take part and encourage their friends and students to participate.

Carry A Tune Week is intended to focus on national music from the past so all tunes must be American in origin from 2001 or before.

You can select up to ten favorite tunes.

If you are not sure of the songwriters or dates or categories, leave them blank.

These are the six general categories:

I. Patriotic Music -- band music, patriotic songs
II. Folk Music -- traditional, contemporary singer-songwriter
III. Religious Music -- sacred, gospel
IV. Popular Music -- blues, jazz, easy listening, theater, country, rock, etc.
V. Classical Music -- classical themes, concert songs
VI. Film Music -- film score themes, movie songs

See sample tunes from each category below and also the gallery of sheet music covers.

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 also 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 elsewhere.

Send your list (with or without your comments) to:

National Carry A Tune Week


National Carry A Tune Week

14th Annual Week: October 5-11, 2014

15th Annual Week: October 4-10, 2015







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



Click on this link to see a list of 200 tunes:

American Song (1759-1961)




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American Music Recordings Archive...


"Celestial Praises"
A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals



Songs and Hymns of the Civil War Era




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





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





100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century






A few sample titles
in each category
(feel free to pick your own tunes)


I. Patriotic Music:

"America the Beautiful"

"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

"Stars and Stripes Forever March"

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home"



II. Folk Music:

Woody Guthrie: "This Land is Your Land"

Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly): "Goodnight, Irene"

Bob Dylan:
"Blowin' in the Wind"

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




III. Religious Music:

Folk hymn: "Amazing Grace"

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

Afro-American spiritual: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
(J. Rosamond Johnson)

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




IV. Popular Music:

George and Ira Gershwin: "Someone To Watch Over Me"

Hoagy Carmichael:
"Star Dust"

Duke Ellington: "Solitude"

Harold Arlen: "Blues In The Night"

Hank Williams: "Cold, Cold Heart"

Cole Porter: "True Love"





V. Classical Music:

Leonard Bernstein: "Glitter and Be Gay" from CANDIDE

Aaron Copland:
Fanfare for the Common Man

William Arms Fisher: "Goin' Home"

George Gershwin: "Summertime" from PORGY AND BESS




VI. Film Music (Themes and Songs):

Alex North: SPARTACUS (Love Theme)

John Williams: STAR WARS (Main Theme)

Johnny Mercer-David Raksin:

Herman Hupfeld: "As Time Goes By"

Gallery of Sheet Music Covers

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

Popular Songs from 1914

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: "You Were Meant For Me"
Words by Arthur Freed/
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
from the Oscar-winning movie musical,





Song: "All The Things You Are"
Music by Jerome Kern/
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II
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)


Song: "Pennies From Heaven"
Music by Arthur Johnston/
Words by Johnny Burke
from the movie of the same title
starring Bing Crosby (1936)





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



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





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





Song: "Do Not Forsake Me"
from film, HIGH NOON (1952)
Music: Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics: Ned Washington



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





Song:: "Peter Gunn Theme"
Music by Henry Mancini
featured in the television series,
First Grammy Award - Album of the Year (1958)





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
Oscar-winning song from the film,




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






Song: "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life"
Music and Lyrics: Stevie Wonder (1972)







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







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





National Carry A Tune Week

How did this annual event begin?


Back in 2001, 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.

Send your list of favorite American tunes (up to 10 titles) to:

National Carry A Tune Week







Tunemaker Hall of Fame
(60 American composers and songwriters)



Previous Tune Weeks

Total 2001-2013 = 386 tunes




13th Annual National Carry A Tune Week

(October 6 - 12, 2013)

National Carry A Tune Week 2013



12th Annual National Carry A Tune Week

(October 7 - 13, 2012)

National Carry A Tune Week 2012




11th Annual National Carry A Tune Week

(October 2 - 8, 2011)

National Carry A Tune Week 2011





To see a complete list of all the tunes from 2001-2010,
arranged by category

click here



10th Annual National Carry A Tune Week

(October 3 - 9, 2010)

National Carry A Tune Week 2010



Ninth Annual Carry A Tune Week (October 4 - 10, 2009)

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

National Carry a Tune Week 2009




Eighth Annual Carry A Tune Week (October 5 - 11, 2008)

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

National Carry a Tune Week 2008



Seventh Annual Carry A Tune Week (October 7 - 13, 2007)


To read more, look in Chase's Calendar of Events 2007 under the date
of October 7, 2007 for information about National Carry A Tune Week.

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

National Carry a Tune Week 2007


Sixth Annual Carry A Tune Week (October 1- 7, 2006)



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

National Carry a Tune Week 2006



Fifth Annual Carry A Tune Week (October 2 - 8, 2005)

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


National Carry a Tune Week 2005


National Carry a Tune Week 2001-2004



Both songs are included in this songbook...


Peg o' My Heart and
Other Favorite Song Hits


See also...

Last Tune On The Titanic



AMP Tune Lists and Surveys

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

100 Essential Songs of the 20th Century

American Popular Music Survey

America Song History 200

American Vocal Music Series

Essential American Recordings Survey

Favorite Film Music Poll

Sammy Film Music Awards

Song Anniversaries

Songs of World War II Era

Bravo, Bing! Songs by Bing Crosby

Lotsa Lanza! Songs by Mario Lanza

Early Elvis: Songs by Elvis Presley

Sensational Sinatra! Songs by Frank Sinatra

Tunemaker Hall of Fame

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