Hooray for Hollywood (arr Williams)

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Richard A. Whiting

Richard A. Whiting (arr. John Williams; trans. Jay Bocook)

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General Info

Year: 1937 / 2023
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Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Williams shared the following regarding his arrangement of Hooray for Hollywood for the 1988 recording by the Boston Pops Orchestra under his baton, entitled “Salute to Hollywood”:

Hooray for Hollywood was written in the 1930s when the world was heavy-laden with the weight of the Great Depression, and written when Hollywood was indeed the land where dreams are made. As the song says, if you were lucky enough to go there, you might even meet Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse … or even become a movie star yourself.

This delightful piece was written by composer Richard Whiting for the 1937 film Hollywood Hotel, named for an actual hotel … on Hollywood Boulevard … in the township of Hollywood! And coincidentally, speaking of locations, Mr. Whiting lived in a house that is on the same street and directly opposite from the one I have occupied for many years. Doing this orchestration was purely a lark for me, and allowed me to salute some early orchestrator-heroes of mine such as Adolph Deutsch, Nathan Van Cleave and Conrad Salinger, all of whom were masters of the early Hollywood style. The lyrics for this song are by the immortal Johnny Mercer, with whom I had the great privilege of collaborating on several songs over the years. What a delightful legacy these great men have given us … and what a joy to remember and salute them!”

The arrangement includes quotes from Irving Berlin’s There’s No Business Like Show Business and Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz’s That’s Entertainment.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 16 July 2023

Hooray for Hollywood is a popular song first featured in the 1937 movie Hollywood Hotel, and which has since become (together with That's Entertainment and There's No Business like Show Business) the staple soundtrack element of any Academy Awards ceremony. It is even frequently played during non-American movie ceremonies, e.g. the French César Awards. The popularity of the song is notably due to an exciting and memorable melody and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, which reference the American movie industry and satirize the desire to become a Hollywood movie star.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (John Williams, conductor) - 16 July 2023

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