My Shining Hour

My Shining Hour was written in 1943 by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the movie, The Sky’s The Limit. It was nominated for the best song Oscar but lost out to a song from a movie called Hello, Frisco, Hello. I cringed when I saw that title. Even worse, Herb Caen rolled over in his grave.

We begin with Ella Fitzgerald and Billy May:

Next up, the patron saint of the Friday Cocktail Hour before the break where he belongs.

Sammy Davis Jr and Count Basie liked this week’s tune so much that the title of their 1965 album is a play on its title: Our Shining Hour.

Here’s a stripped-down small group version by Betty Carter:

Nancy Wilson. Say no more.

Finally, my friend Desier’s Paw Paw, Warren Galjour.

What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, the great John Coltrane,

That’s it for this week. Mix yourself a drink and toast Harold Arlen for all the great music he composed. It’s what Bogie, Betty, and Frank would want. Never argue with them.

2 thoughts on “My Shining Hour

  1. socrates17 says:

    Great song, but the stunning highlight of The Sky’s the Limit is Astaire dancing to “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)”. It may be Fred’s finest moment on film.

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