I've Heard That Song Before

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"I've Heard That Song Before" is a 1942 popular song about nostalgia with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was introduced by Martha O'Driscoll (dubbed by Margaret Whiting) in the 1942 film Youth on Parade. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942 but lost out to “White Christmas”. It was recorded by Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forrest on vocal on July 31, 1942. This was the last day of recording before the Musician Union's ban. The recording was issued on Columbia 36668 and became a number one hit on both the pop charts and the Harlem Hit Parade in the US in early 1943. This version of the song can be heard in Woody Allen's 1986 movie Hannah and Her Sisters. 


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It seems to me I've heard that song before
It's from an old familiar score
I know it well, that melody

It's funny how a theme recalls a favorite dream
A dream that brought you so close to me
I know each word because I've heard that song before

The lyrics said "forever more"
Forever more's a memory
Please have them play it again

And I'll remember just when I've heard that lovely song before

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Harry James

Henry Haag “Harry” James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an actor and musician best known as a trumpeter who led a swing band during the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone. more »

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Written by: JULE STYNE, SAMMY CAHN

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