Written Assignment #3 – Choir Level 2

Our third assignment is to answer the following questions. This will take a little research on the internet.
Tell me some background behind the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Post your answer as a comment, email it to me, or bring me a hard copy. Your answer should be in paragraph form and should follow the rubric that is posted on my teacher page.  The assignment is worth 10 points.
This is Due Monday September 8, 2014 by 11:59 pm.


8 thoughts on “Written Assignment #3 – Choir Level 2

  1. Israel’s medley “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” played over the closing credits of the film Meet Joe Black. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole born in Honolulu in 1959, Israel later moved to Makaha on the island of Oahu with his family. Israel’s “somewhere over the rainbow” gave him fame world wide. His song was featured in a few TV films like “ER”, “50FirstDates”, and many more. Israel’s song touched everybody who has ever heard it and it’s the famous song of Hawaii.

  2. The song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was originally written for the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.” Originally, the song was deleted from the film because the chief executive and producer thought it “slowed down the picture,” however their decision to keep it in gave a song that was ranked the greatest movie song of all time on the list of “AFI’s 100 Years… 100 songs.” In 1993, singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole released a ukelele cover, which charted and went platinum in many different countries. Israel’s cover has been used in several commercials, movies, and TV shows.

  3. The music to Somewhere over the Rainbow was written by Harold Arlen but the lyrics were written by Edgar Yipsel. Julie Garden originally sang it in the movie wizard of oz. the song was written in 1939 and is a classic Academy Award-winning ballad. Even after Judy garlands tragic death, the song remains one of the most enduring standards of the 20th century. Israel kamakawiwoole also made a cover of this song along with what a wonderful world and he helped the songs success but everyone has stressed this point already. Basically somewhere over the rainbow has become a classic.

  4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is a Academy Award Winning ballad, co-written by Harold Arlen (Providing the music) and E.Y. Harburg (Providing the lyrics). The song was written for Wizard of Oz which was sung by Judy Garland (Who played as Dorothy Gale), and over time, it became her signature song. The song has been hailed as one of the greatest songs of the 20th Century. Over time, it has been covered by many artists including Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, The Demensions (a Doo-Wop group), etc etc. Israel’s cover of the song has had huge success throughout the world, with the most success in the USA, France, and Germany. Overall, most people, if not all, will hear the song at least once in their lifetime.

  5. To be honest I don”t really know much about it. But I’ve heard it in Wizard of Oz. It was pretty much the song of the century. It was originally first recorded on the date of October 7, 1938 sung by Judy Garland. It became her signature song.

  6. “Over the Rainbow” was a ballad written for the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” It was sung by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy Gale. The song is number 1 on the “Songs of the Century” list by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song almost wasn’t in the film, as some people who worked on the film thought the song slowed down the film. There have been many other versions of the song, one of the most used in films/commercials being the ukulele version by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

  7. “Over the Rainbow” is a ballad that was sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz who plays Dorothy Gale. It is a classic Academy Award-winning ballad and is number 1 on the “Songs of the Century” list by the Recording Industry Association of America. There are many versions of this song that has been developed over the years a but a very known and used version is by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole which is used in many movies and commercials.

  8. It was written for the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939) and was sung by actress Judy Garland, in her starring role as Dorothy Gale. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became Garland’s signature song, as well as one of the most enduring standards of the 20th century. The song is number one on the “Songs of the Century” list compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The American Film Institute also ranked “Over the Rainbow” the greatest movie song of all time on the list of “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs”.

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