When You Wish upon a Star

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About When You Wish upon a Star

"When You Wish Upon a Star" is a song written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio. The original version was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film. The song has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company. The recording by Cliff Edwards and Chorus was released by Victor Records as catalogue number 261546 and 26477A (in the US) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice Label as catalogue number BD 821. Edwards recorded another version in 1940 for an American Decca Records "cover version" of the score of Pinocchio, conducted by Victor Young and featuring soprano Julietta Novis and The King's Men. It was first released on a 4-record 78-RPM album set, and years later as one side of an LP, backed by selections in grayscale and black and white and technicolor from The Wizard of Oz. A recording with Christian Rub (with Mister Geppetto's voice), Cliff Edwards and Chorus was released by Victor Records as catalogue number 26479B (in the US) and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalogue number BD 823. It won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was also the first Disney song to win an Oscar. 


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When a star is born
They possess a gift or two
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true
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The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), commonly referred to as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media corporation headquartered in Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California, United States. It is the largest media conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. Founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and travel. Taking on its current name in 1986, The Walt Disney Company expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theatre, radio, music, publishing, and online media. In addition, it has created new divisions of t… more »

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Written by: Leigh Harline, Ned Washington


12 facts about this song

Song Origin
"When You Wish Upon a Star" is not just by "Disney", but it originated in the studio's 1940 animated adaptation of the Italian writer Carlo Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinocchio."
Composer and Lyricist
The song was composed by Leigh Harline and had lyrics written by Ned Washington.
Performance
It was performed in the opening credits of the movie by the character, Jiminy Cricket, who was voiced by Cliff Edwards.
Symbol of The Walt Disney Company
"When You Wish Upon a Star" has gone on to become a major icon for The Walt Disney Company, and is used in the opening sequences of Disney films, over the company's castle logo.
Academy Award
The song earned the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was the first Disney song to win this accolity.
National Recording Registry
In 2004, the song was inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important."
Covers by Famous Artists
Many famous artists have covered the song, including Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, Gene Autry, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, and even pop band N'Sync.
Critical acclaim
In 2004, it was ranked #7 in AFI's 100 Greatest Songs in Film History.
Usage in Disney Parks
The song is also a staple in Disney theme parks, and is often used during the fireworks shows and holiday celebrations.
Favourite among NASA Astronauts
The song is a favorite among the astronauts at NASA, and often plays as part of their wakeup call in space. The song was played to the crew of STS-29 on the space shuttle Discovery on their fifth day in orbit.
Television Series
The song was adopted as the official song of the Disney TV series, beginning with "The Disneyland Anthology Series" premiered in 1954.
Voted as Favourite
In 1940, this song was voted as America's favorite song by the "Hit Parade" radio program, a significant achievement since the program was an early precursor to today's Top 40 radio format.

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