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Covering “Ichabod and Mr. Toad”
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October 28, 2018 posted by James Parten

Covering “Ichabod and Mr. Toad”

Ichabod And Mr. Toad was the last of Disney’s “package” features. And of course, you would expect there to be popular songs attached to both elements of this package.

A Dilly Dilly Hit
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October 21, 2018 posted by James Parten

A Dilly Dilly Hit

The song–based upon an eighteenth-century English tune–was the biggest hit connected with a Disney production since “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” nearly two years previous.

Blame It On The Melody
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October 7, 2018 posted by James Parten

Blame It On The Melody

Of course, as any good movie of the day must, Melody Time had a main title theme song. This was a very pleasant ballad, and it actually got several covers.

More Pecos Bill: Yippie-I-Yay-Ky-Yay!
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September 30, 2018 posted by James Parten

More Pecos Bill: Yippie-I-Yay-Ky-Yay!

Roy Rogers was not the only artist to sing of Pecos Bill – but, thanks to Walt Disney, the legendary western character and the “King of the Cowboys” will be forever linked.

Bumbling The “Boogie”
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September 2, 2018 posted by James Parten

Bumbling The “Boogie”

Another piece used in Melody Time that the Disney people did not “own” was Bumble Boogie. In fact, most people already knew of it as the Rimsky-Korsakov composition “Flight of the Bumblebee”.

“Time” For Some Disney “Melody”
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August 26, 2018 posted by James Parten

“Time” For Some Disney “Melody”

Joyce Kilmer had written a short poem around 1913. Nine years later, it was set to music by Oscar Rasbach. “Trees” was already a well-known standard by the time Melody Time was being planned.