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How Lorenz Hart Kept Writing New Lyrics for a Melody Until He Came Up With “Blue Moon”!

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC LEGEND: Lorenz Hart wrote new lyrics to the same melody for three different songs until finally coming up with “Blue Moon” on the fourth try.

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were two of the most successful musical composers of the 20th Century. Rodgers would write the music and then Hart would write the lyrics. Sadly, Hart would eventually become an alcoholic and his drinking problem eventually broke up the partnership soon before Hart passed away in 1943. Rodgers would begin to work with the lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II. Their partnership also worked out fairly well.

Anyhow, in the early 1930s, Rodgers and Hart were hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to do a song for a movie that never came about called Hollywood Party, which would be a basic revue where MGM’s biggest stars would do numbers. Rodgers and Hart came up with a song that Jean Harlow would have sang about her saying her prayers about hoping to become a movie star. Again, the movie didn’t happen. MGM copyrighted the unpublished work.

Later, the two men were hired to write a title song for the new major motion picture, Manhattan Melodrama, about childhood friends who come back into each other’s world when one of them is the district attorney (and later running for governor) and the other is a criminal. The criminal’s girlfriend eventually ends up falling for the politician friend and their friendship is tested when the public believes that the district attorney covered up one of his old friend’s crimes.

Hart wrote new lyrics for the previous song but once again, it didn’t work and it was pulled from the movie.

However, the filmmakers then went back to Lorenz and Hart and asked for them to come up with a song for a nightclub scene and sure enough, they changed the lyrics enough and FINALLY the song was published and it was called “The Bad in Every Man” but, well, just listen to it…
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Was the Song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Not Written About Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC LEGEND: The song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was inspired by the film “Roman Holiday.”

In 1995, the band Deep Blue Something debuted their hit song, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

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It was on their second album, Home.

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The song is about a couple in a relationship, and the speaker of the song is trying to convince the other half of the relationship that they should stay together, while she argues that they have nothing in common (“no common ground between us”) and he ends up relying on the fairly flimsy fact that they both liked the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as grounds that they should remain a couple (as, after all, they have THAT in common, at least!).

It’s a really catchy song, but its genesis is pretty interesting…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #725

Welcome to the seven hundred and twenty-fifth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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How Close Did We Come to a Namor TV Show in 1954?

Was Kanu Secretly Namor?

That Time Namor Was a Guest Star in His Own Comic Book!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #724

Welcome to the seven hundred and twenty-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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The Horror Director Who Won a DC ‘Create a Villain’ Contest?

Did DC Force Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois Out of Stores?

When Blue Marvel Filled In For Superman on the Cover of Illinois

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #723

Welcome to the seven hundred and twenty-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Who Really Scripted Jim Steranko’s Captain America?

How a Lack of Publicity Led to the Creation of Armor Wars

The Unfortunate Superhero Name John Stewart Was Given In a DC Magazine

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #722

Welcome to the seven hundred and twenty-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Was Ms. Marvel Created to Secure a Trademark?

The Rejected Earlier Version of Ms. Marvel

How Carol Danvers Nearly Became…Lady Lightning?!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #721

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The Truth Behind the Jack Kirby Black Panther KKK Meme

Did DC Reject a Jim Steranko Batman Story?

Marvel’s Three-Year 1980s Break From the Comics Code
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #720

Welcome to the seven hundred and twentieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Did John Byrne Originally Plan on Wolverine Joining Alpha Flight?

What Golden Age Superhero Had to Change His Name Because of Batman?

The Other Golden Age Superhero Who Blocked Black Bat!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #719

Welcome to the seven hundred and nineteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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Did Market Research Impact the New Warriors’ Creation?

Did Mexican Comics Marry Off Gwen and Spidey Rather Than Kill Her?

How Did a Clever Reprint Lead to Roger Stern’s First Marvel Writing?

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #718

Welcome to the seven hundred and eighteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

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We Almost Got an Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill Bizarro Comic?

Was April O’Neil Originally Intended to be Black?

The Strange Origins of the Whistling Skull/JSA Team-Up

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