Hushabye Mountain

"Hushabye Mountain" is a ballad by the songwriting team Robert and Richard Sherman. It appears twice in the 1968 Albert R. Broccoli motion picture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:[1] first as an idyllic lullaby by Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) to his children;[2] and later when the children of Vulgaria have lost all hope of salvation. The song is also featured prominently in the 2002 and 2005 stage musical versions.

Other versionsEdit

 
David Gilmour performed the song in 2001 for his concert DVD David Gilmour in Concert.

The song was first released in a version by Tony Bennett in June 1968, before the film and its soundtrack were released. "Hushabye Mountain" has since been covered by many artists. Bobbie Gentry, Julie London, Monty Sunshine and Wendy Craig also recorded the song in 1968.

A version of the song was used in a Boots No7 commercial, directed by Dougal Wilson.

The song was recorded by Danny Elfman as the character Jack Skellington for the film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) but not used.

David Gilmour performed the song at his 2001-2 semi-acoustic solo performances, as captured on the David Gilmour in Concert DVD.

Dakota Fanning sang the song in Steven Spielberg's 2005 release of War of the Worlds.

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber recorded the song on his 2006 album Unexpected Songs. Stacey Kent recorded a version of this song for her album Dreamsville (2001).

The song appears on the 2014 collaboration album Dream a Little Dream by Pink Martini and the von Trapps as well as on the 2013 album Hushabye by Hayley Westenra.

In 2015, British comedian Alexander Armstrong performed it for his album A Year of Songs (2015).

British comedian Jason Manford included the song on his 2017 album A Different Stage.

In October 2017, Belly released a cover of the song, as part of a PledgeMusic campaign for their new album. It was also included on their 2018 EP Feel, released as a Record Store Day exclusive.

American Belz Hasidic singer Shulem Lemmer covered the song on his album The Perfect Dream, released in 2019.[3]

In 2020, English actress and television personality Amanda Holden recorded her version for her debut album Songs from My Heart.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burlingame, Jon (2012). The Music of James Bond. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199863303.
  2. ^ Albrecht, Sally K (2008). Broadway for Solo Singers: Contemporary Arrangements of 10 Broadway Favorites. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN 9780739049563.
  3. ^ Elisa Bray (October 7, 2018). "The voice from the Belz; A Belz Chasid from Brooklyn's life changed forever when the CEO of the classical arm of Universal Records stumbled across his Youtube video," The JC.