16th Annual

National Carry A Tune Week

October 2-8, 2016

  • For the list of tunes chosen for 2015

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


Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-1998)




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 the 2016 free online event.




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16th National Carry A Tune Week (NCATW)

October 2 - 8, 2016

Sponsored by
The American Tune Lovers Society




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

Chase's Calendar of Events 2016



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Between 2001 and 2015 -- 457 tunes were selected by online readers.

Definitions for a "tune" --

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

(b) a dominant theme.

--from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Rules for this annual online event

National Carry A Tune Week is a free online annual event which began in 2001 and was the idea of composer and music preservationist, Roger Lee Hall, as a way to remember those lost in the terroist attacks in the U.S.A. on 9/11. It has continued on from that year and now has over 400 tunes chosen by online readers.

This week was also chosen 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 popular 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.

National Carry A Tune Week is not intended to be a survey of today's top tunes.

Instead, the focus is on music from the past and all tunes must be American in origin. 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, contemporary singer-songwriter
III. Religious Music -- sacred, gospel
IV. Popular Music -- blues, jazz, easy listening, theater, country, rock, etc.
V. Classical Music -- concert songs, short instrumental works
VI. Film Music -- film score themes, movie songs

For this 15th Annual Tune Week you can select from 1 to 16 favorite tunes from 2000 (16 years ago) or any earlier years.

Please idicate the names of songwriters and dates, if known. If you are not sure of the tune information or which category to place it in, just indicate the tune title as you know it.

Brief personal comments are welcome if you wish to be considered for a Free CD but are not required.

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 elsewhere.

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 15 tunes written before 2000 and brief personal comments if you wish to enter the contest for a Free CD.

Send in your tune favorites by October 15, 2016:

Click here to send in your list


See a few sample tunes from each category - click here



A gallery of American tunes (1750-1999)

click here







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 tunes:

American Song History Survey



For film fans

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century







Please help support National Carry A Tune Week
by ordering any of these CDs...



"Celestial Praises"
A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals



"Gentle Peace"
A Sampler of Songs and Instrumentals



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



"Land of Our Hearts"
American War Songs:
From the American Revolution
to World War I



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






Here are a few sample titles
in each category...


I. Patriotic Music:

"America the Beautiful"

"Battle Hymn of the Republic"

"Stars and Stripes Forever March" (John Philip Sousa)

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



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:

Southern folk hymn: "Amazing Grace"

Shaker song:
"Simple Gifts" (1848)
(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 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"

Jule Styne: "Small World"





V. Classical Music:

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

Leonard Bernstein: "Glitter and Be Gay" from CANDIDE

George Whitefield Chadwick: "Land of Our Hearts"

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Scott Joplin:"A Real Slow Drag" from TREEMONISHA

George Gershwin: "Summertime" from PORGY AND BESS



VI. Film Music (Themes and Songs):

Alex North: SPARTACUS (Love theme)

Max Steiner: GONE WITH THE WIND (Tara Theme)

John Williams: STAR WARS (Main Theme)

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

David Raksin-Johnny Mercer: "Laura" song and score from film of same title

Ken Darby: "Love Me Tender" from film of same title

Gallery of Sample Music


(William Billings, 1770/1778)

"Yankee Doodle"
(tune: unknown date)


"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,







"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, 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.








Tunemaker Hall of Fame
(60 American composers and songwriters)




Previous Tune Weeks


Total tunes chosen (2001-2015) = 458


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





14th Annual National Carry A Tune Week
(October 5 - 11, 2014)

National Carry A Tune Week 2014



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






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






"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

America Song History 200

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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