Song of the Day: Get Happy by Ruth Etting ( performed by Judy Garland )

“Get Happy” is a song composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by Ted Koehler.

Lyrics:

Forget your troubles
Come on get happy
You better chase all you cares away
Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
Get ready for the judgement day

The sun is shining
Come on get happy
The lord is waiting to take your hand
Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
We’re going to the promise land

We’re heading across the river
Wash your sins away in the tide
It’s all so peaceful on the other side

Forget your troubles
Come on get happy
You better chase all you cares away
Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
Get ready for the judgement day

Forget your troubles
Come on get happy
Chase your cares away
Hallelu get happy
Before the judgement day

The sun is shining
Come on get happy
The lord is waiting to take your hand
Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
We’re gonna be going to the promise land

We’re heading across the river
Wash your sins away in the tide
It’s quiet and peaceful on the other side

Forget your troubles
Get happy
Your cares fly away
Shout halleluja
Get happy
Get ready for your judgement day

Come on get happy
Chase your cares away
Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
Get ready for the judgement day

The sun is shining
Come on get happy
The lord is waiting to take your hand
Halleluja
Come on get happy
We’re going to the promise land

We’re heading across the river
Wash your sins away in the tide
It’s all so peaceful on the other side

Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
You better chase all your cares away
Shout halleluja
Come on get happy
Get ready

Get ready

Get ready

For the judgement day

……

This song is performed by Judy Garland and appears on the album The Hollywood Years (1962).

It echoes themes of a Christian evangelical revivalist meeting song.
It was the first song they wrote together, and was introduced by Ruth Etting in The Nine-Fifteen Revue in 1930.
Influenced by the Get Happy tradition, it is most associated with Judy Garland, who performed it in her last MGM film Summer Stock (1950). An instrumental, hot jazz arrangement of the song, performed by Abe Lyman’s Brunswick Recording Orchestra, served as the original theme music for Warner Bros.’ Merrie Melodies cartoons in 1932. Garland sang this song with Barbra Streisand in a medley that also included “Happy Days Are Here Again” on The Judy Garland Show in 1963.
The song lyrics incorporate the title phrase in the longer phrase “Come on, get happy”, but it should not be confused with the Partridge Family theme song “C’mon Get Happy”.
In 2010, the song has been featured as mash-up version with “Happy Days Are Here Again” in musical TV series Glee, episode “Duets”, sung by Lea Michele and Chris Colfer (as their characters Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel).

Notable recordings

  • Nat Shilkret (1933)
  • Red Norvo and his Selected Sextet (including Charlie Parker) (1945)
  • Bud Powell – Jazz Giant (1950)
  • Frank Sinatra – Swing Easy! (1954)
  • Eddie Costa – Eddie Costa Vinnie Burke Trio (1956)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook (1961)
  • Tony Bennett – Yesterday I Heard the Rain (1968)
  • Dick Hyman – Blues In The Night: Dick Hyman Plays Harold Arlen (1990)
  • Jane Horrocks – Little Voice (1998)
  • June Christy – Day Dreams (1995), A Friendly Session, Vol. 3 (1998), Cool Christy (2002)
  • Brad Mehldau – Anything Goes (2004)
  • Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (2007)
  • Johnny Dankworth – The Best Of Johnny Dankworth (2008)
  • Lea Michele and Chris Colfer – Glee (2010)
  • Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein – House “Bombshells” (2011)

Judy Garland

Judy Garland-publicity.JPG

Born Frances Ethel Gumm
June 10, 1922
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, US
Died June 22, 1969 (aged 47)
Chelsea, London, England, UK
Cause of death
Barbiturate overdose
Resting place
Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, US
Education Lawlor’s Professional School
Bancroft Middle School
Hollywood High School
Occupation Actress, singer, vaudevillian
Years active 1924–1969 (singer)
1929–1967 (actress)
Height 4 feet 11 inches (150 cm)
Religion Episcopalian
Spouse(s) David Rose (m. 1941; div. 1944)
Vincente Minnelli(m. 1945; div. 1951)
Sidney Luft (m. 1952; div. 1965)
Mark Herron (m. 1965; div. 1967)Mickey Deans (m. 1969–69)
Children
  • Liza Minnelli (b. 1946)
  • Lorna Luft (b. 1952)
  • Joseph Luft (b. 1955)
Parents Frank Gumm (1886-1935)
Ethel Gumm (née Milne) (1896-1953)

image by Kyendo

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