17th Annual
National Carry A Tune Week

Dedicated to the 75th anniversary
of CASABLANCA, the score by Max Steiner,
and the song, "As Time Goes By."
The film was released in November 1942



List of Selected Tunes for 2017


I. Patriotic Music

II. Folk Music

III. Religious Music

IV. Popular Music

V. Classical Music

VI. Film Music



This free online event is sponsored each year
by The American Tune Lovers Society






Total tunes chosen for 2017 = 28

Total tunes 2001-2017 = 504

The tunes below have links to other pages on this site.

Most of them also have links to YouTube.

Here are the tunes chosen for
National Carry A Tune Week for 2017...



Patriotic Music


Selected by Roger:

“CHESTER” (1778) - words and music by William Billings (1746-1800).
This patriotic song from the American Revolution is one of the most famous tunes from early America. It was composed by the Boston composer now known as Father of American Choral Music. I included the song at a conference back in 1978 and
included it on a radio documentary I narrated which is now
available on this CD:

"Chester" - Music in Old New England, 1778-1878






Folk Music

Selected by Bob:

"BLOWIN IN THE WIND" - words & music by Bob Dylan, 1963

"GARBAGE" - sung by Pete Seeger

"THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND" - words & music by Woody Guthrie, 1940/1956

Selected by Elaine:

I like these songs by Harry Chapin -


Selected by Jim:

"BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND" - by Bob Dylan, 1963.
I think Peter, Paul & Mary were responsible
more than Dylan for this song’s popularity in the 1960s.
I have a few recorded versions.




Religious Music


Selected by Jim:

"LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS" - by Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman.
This is an old Methodist hymn from the 1880s that remains popular today in many Christian churches. It has been recorded by lots of Country and Gospel groups, including one I like by The Stony Point Quartet. Unfortunately, many people now remember the hymn as sung by a homicidal preacher portrayed by Robert Mitchum in the 1959 movie, “The Night of the Hunter.”



Selected by Roger:

"HEAVENLY MUSIC" - words & music by Nelson Phillips, 1853

This beautiful Shaker song was from the Shaker community
in North Union, Ohio (1822-1889).
I edited this song and it was recorded by The Sampler Chorus on a CD titled, JOY OF ANGELS,
from Sampler Records and it was released in 1995.
I sang this song at a recent conference of the Communal Studies Assoication in Zoar, Ohio.
To hear The Sampler Chorus recording
-- click here

Vocal Music of the Shaker Communities





Popular Songs


Selected by Beate from Germany:

"I WILL SURVIVE" - words and music by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren, 1979
sung by Gloria Gaynor


Selected by Elaine:

"WHERE OR WHEN" - words by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, 1937
Sung by Dion & The Belmonts

Selected by Gail:

These songs are remembering the men in my family -- my father and brother.

"AFTER YOU GONE" - words by Harry Creamer, music by Turner Layton, 1918
sung by Iris Dement - For my late brother, Rob (6/29/1936 - 7/11/2017)

"TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME" - words by Jack Norwith, music by Albert Von Tilzer, 1908
Who knew there was a verse?

"K-K-K-KATIE" - words and music by Geoffrey O'Hara, 1918
The only song I remember my father singing

"MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC" - words and music by Stephen Weiss and Bernie Baum, 1950
my father really liked Teresa Brewer

Now here a couple of songs by Randy Newman thinking of what's going on today:

While Houston was the victim this year it made me think of this song about a flood.

This song shows how stupid Trump's thinking is when it comes to nuclear weapons


Selected by Jim:

"A CHANGE IS GONNA COME - music & lyrics by Sam Cooke, 1965
Cooke is said to have written this song after being inspired by “Blowin’ in the Wind.” It became a sort of anthem for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. The only version I’m familiar with is Sam Cooke’s own recording. I cannot imagine anyone else matching his singing it.

FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS - words by Deke Watson, music by William Best, 1946
This is a late-1940s song that I probably heard first on radio’s “Your Hit Parade.” Nat "King” Cole made a very successful recording that still sounds good. I imagine that most popular singers (and bands) of the Forties and Fifties performed it. It is a crowd-pleasing love song.

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?, - music & lyrics by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, 1961
Probably Carole King performed and recorded it first but the big hit was by a Motown girl-group, The Shirelles, in the early 1960s. The song was regarded as sexy back then, enough to make parents ask their teenagers, “What are you listening to now?” I believe some rock bands recorded it also.

WHEN WILL I BE LOVED? - words & music by Phil Everly, 1961
This was a very big hit for the close-harmony Everly Brothers in the 1960s. Teenagers wore out their 45 rpm vinyl records. About a decade later Linda Ronstadt recorded a rocking, demanding version of the song that was featured in many of her concerts.

Selected by Kim:

"WIND BENEATH MY WINGS" - words & music by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, 1983
I danced to this song at my wedding.
Bette Midler sings it from a concert performance on YouTube:

Selected by Roger:

“ALL THE WAY” - words by Sammy Cahn/ music by James Van Heusen, 1957
This beautiful song sung by Frank Sinatra in a gorgeous arrangement by Nelson Riddle, received an Oscar for Best Original Song from the film, THE JOKER IS WILD. I was honored and pleased to produce a CD tribute to lyricist Sammy Cahn for the 100th anniversary of his birthd in 2013 and this wonderful song is included on it, but not sung by Mr. Sinatra:

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






Classical Music

Selected by Roger:

“Variations a Shaker Marching Tune”- Fourth Variation (1971)
this is one of my early classical compositions and the fourth variation is my favorite,
because it is Bitonal and has wide chords which ring out in this slow tempo.
I first performed the entire piece while a graduate student at Binghamton University in 1972.
It has since been recorded on tthree different CDs:

First, performed by pianist David Hagan on the CD, "Gentle Words - A Shaker Music Sampler"

Second, it was recorded by pianist Kathryn Southworth in 2013 on
"Celestial Praises - A Celebration of Shaker Spirituals"

For the YouTube video of her performance of the complete work -- click here

Third and the most recent recording
is by pianist Margaret Ulmer on this CD:

American Places - Musical Travels



Film Music


Selected by Roger:

“As Time Goes By” from CASABLANCA (1942) - music and lyrics by Hermann Hupfeld, 1931/1942
Classic scene from the film:

This is one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite movies.
The songwriter lived in Montclair, New Jersey and I grew up in the town next to it.
I wished I could have met him and asked him about his best known song.
This movie song is also the title of my book on a multimedia DVD,
and the sheet music cover with Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Paul Henreid.
For information about my Guide to Film Music book -- click here

“Main Title” from THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947) - music by Bernard Herrmann
Suite from the film:

I believe this lovely film score was one of Herrmann's favorites and it is also one of mine too.
I have compiled a DVD tribute to the composer of this film score and titled,

"Obsession" - A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann




For more information about this annual online event,
click this link,

National Carry A Tune Week



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





18th Annual Carry A Tune Week
will be on October 7-13, 2018





The Sammy Film Music Awards

The 29th Annual Awards
have been announced

See the complete list -

click here




Centennial Tributes:

Leroy Anderson (classical-crossover composer)

Gene Autry (western singer-songwriter)

Sammy Cahn (lyricist)

Bette Davis (actress, singer)

Jerome Moross (composer)

Miklos Rozsa (film composer)

Walter Schumann (film composer)

Jimmy Stewart (actor, singer)

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American Music Recordings Collection


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