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Celebrate the 17th Annual
National Carry A Tune Week!

October 1-7, 2017


"You must remember this...

CASABLANCA had its world premiere in New York City
75 years ago in November of 1942,
but wasn't released widely until 1943.
The film 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




Total tunes for National Carry A Tune Week, 2001-2016 = 476










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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.

To participate in this annual event

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

It was the original idea of Roger Lee Hall in 2001 and 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, Massachusetts on October 7, 1746 and died there in 1800. His best known tune, popular during the American Revolution, was "Chester" (f.l.: Let tyrants shake their iron rod).

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, 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 public schools and colleges 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 and have been written or recorded before 2001.

Sorry, no Beatles tunes or other tunes from countries outside the U.S.A. Some may wonder why the tunes must be before 2001. The week was begun in memory of all those lost during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/ 2001, so it was felt appropriate to have only tunes written before that year.

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 17th 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 and as much information as you have available.

Your personal comments about the tunes are encouraged but are not required, unless you wish to enter the contest to win a Free CD. To be eligible for a Free CD, all tune picks must be sent in by October 14.

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 as an assignment and if possible have them perform it or play a recording.

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 during
National Carry A Tune Week, October 1-7,
and include brief personal comments about your tunes choices if you wish to enter the contest for a Free CD.

For any questions about National Carry A Tune Week -- click here


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





For film music fans

100 Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century










Here are a few sample titles
in each category, many of them chosen
in past years, and you can choose any of them
or pick any other American tunes
from at least 10 years ago...


I. Patriotic Music:

"America the Beautiful" (Samuel A. Ward)
"Battle Hymn of the Republic" (tune: Glory, Hallelujah)
"Chester" (William Billings)
"God Bless America" (Irving Berlin)
"The Stars and Stripes Forever March" (John P. Sousa)
"You're A Grand Old Flag" (George M. Cohan)



II. Folk Music:

"Both Sides Now" (Joni Mitchel)
" Home On The Range" (Daniel M. Kelley)
"This Land Is Your Land" (Woody Guthrie)
" Midnight Special" (Huddie Ledbetter/ Leadbelly)
"The Times They Are A'Changin'" (Bob Dylan)
"Where Have All The Flowers Gone" (Pete Seeger)




III. Religious Music:

"Amazing Grace" (folk hymn)
"Go Down, Moses" (Spiritual)
"Nearer My God To Thee" (Lowell Mason)
"Shall We Gather At The River" (Robert Lowry)
"Simple Gifts" (Joseph Brackett Jr.)
"There'll Be Peace In The Valley" (Thomas A. Dorsey)




IV. Popular Songs:

"All The Things You Are" (Jerome Kern)
"Cold, Cold Heart" (Hank Williams)
"Solitude" (Duke Ellington)
"Someone To Watch Over Me" (George Gershwin)
"Suspicious Minds" (Mark James)
"Star Dust" (Hoagy Carmichael)





V. Classical Music:

"Fanfare For The Common Man" (Aaron Copland)
"Maria" from WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein)
"My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free" (Francis Hopkinson)
"A Real Slow Drag" (Scott Joplin)
"Variations on AMERICA" (Charles E. Ives)
"The Year's At Spring" (Amy Beach)



VI. Film Music (Themes and Songs):


"As Time Goes By" from CASABLANCA (Herman Hupfeld)
"High Hopes" from A HOLE IN THE HEAD (James Van Heusen)
LAURA (David Raksin)
"Love Me Tender" (Ken Darby)
Love Theme from SPARTACUS (Alex North)
STAR WARS (Main Theme) (John Williams)

See the master list of past tunes chosen for
National Carry A Tune Week (2001-2013) -- click here


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
on October 1
in this popular annual directory:

Chase's Calendar of Events 2017








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

click here


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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