Get Happy (song)

"Get Happy" is a song composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics written by Ted Koehler. It echoes themes of a Christian evangelical revivalist meeting song.

"Get Happy"
Song by Ruth Etting
Songwriter(s)Ted Koehler
Composer(s)Harold Arlen

It was the first song they wrote together, and was introduced by Ruth Etting[citation needed] in The Nine-Fifteen Revue in 1930.[1]

Influenced by the Get Happy tradition, it is most associated with Judy Garland, who performed it in her last MGM film Summer Stock (1950) and in live concert performances throughout the rest of her life. The versions from Summer Stock finished at #61 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. 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 from 1931 to 1933.

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  1. ^ Arlen, Samuel. "Harold Arlen – Biography – A Dream to Perform". Harold Arlen. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "". Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Hugh Laurie as Gregory House and Lisa Edelstein as Lisa Cuddy (March 7, 2011). "Bombshells". House. Season 7. Episode 15. Fox.