Friday, April 30, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Cliff Edwards
Song:When You Wish Upon A Star
Album:Walt Disney's Pinocchio: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
I am a huge classic animation fan and When You Wish Upon A Star is one of the most memorable songs from the Walt Disney 1939 production of Pinocchio. The song was sung over the opening credits of the film by Cliff Edwards. He was born June 14, 1895 in Hannibal, MO and established himself in vaudeville as Ukelele Ike. By the late 20s, he moved to Hollywood to work for MGM. Things didn't go well there but a renewed interest in movie musicals led to a career upsurge for Edwards in the mid-30s. He returned to MGM and had a small role in Gone With The Wind. Then Walt Disney hired him to voice Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. Pinocchio was the follow up to Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs so it was an important film to show that full length animated films were here to stay. Composer Leigh Harline (born Mar. 26, 1907 in Salt Lake City) won an Oscar for his score and wrote When You Wish Upon A Star with veteran songwriter Ned Washington. Of course the soundtrack is available in a remastered version on CD. Cliff Edwards went on to sing When I See An Elephant Fly in the 1941 film Dumbo and appeared on TV frequently in the 50s. He continued to voice Jiminy Cricket until his death on July 17. 1971 at age 76. Here's When You Wish Upon A Star as sung by Cliff Edwards over the opening credits of Pinocchio.