Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bouquet to: Yip Harburg for "Brother Can You Spare a Dime"

As we enter a global recessionary (if not depressionary) period in late 2008, a bouquet goes out to composer Yip Harburg for turning tough economic times into musical beauty. According to Wikipedia, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" was written in 1931 by lyricist E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, as part of the 1932 musical New Americana.

Remarkably varying renditions of this classic were sung by Charlie Palloy, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Tom Waits and Judy Collins.

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