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DOROTHY FIELDS  

(1905 - 1974)

Lyricist, Writer
(1905-1974)

Dorothy Fields came from a prominent show business family and became a brilliant lyricist in a male-dominated profession. She was the first woman inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was honored with a U.S. postage stamp.

Her seven-year collaboration with Jimmy McHugh enjoyed its first success with the revue, Blackbirds of 1928, which featured “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Later shows and films gave us “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Exactly Like You” (1930), “Don’t Blame Me” (1933), and “I’m in the Mood for Love” (1935).

Fields collaborated with Jerome Kern on the Astaire/Rogers film Swing Time (1936), winning an Academy Award for “The Way You Look Tonight.” The clever songs included “Never Gonna Dance,” “Pick Yourself Up,” and “A Fine Romance.” Kern, whose leanings were classically European, was inspired to some of his best work here by the lively lyricist 20 years his junior.

Fields returned to Broadway and partnered with her librettist brother, Herbert, to write the book for Annie Get Your Gun and collaborate on three Cole Porter musicals. Herbert died while they were writing the book for Redhead (1959) with composer Albert Hague. The show became a commercial success and won a Tony for Musical Play and a Grammy for Musical Show Album.

Other collaborations produced the songs “Close as Pages in a Book” (1945) with Sigmund Romberg and “Make the Man Love Me” (1951) with Arthur Schwartz. She wrote two shows with composer Cy Coleman. Sweet Charity (1966) was an enormous success and was made into a movie starring Shirley MacLaine. Fields’ lyrics for the hit songs “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now” display her knack for capturing colloquial speech. Seesaw (1973), her last show, won a Tony for Best Musical and enjoyed a respectable run despite a paucity of hit songs.

Fields was the first woman to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Role: Non-Classical Composer 
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Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Jeepers Creepers (1938-1939) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 5) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120815
Jazz
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8.120623
Nostalgia
ELLINGTON, Duke: Cotton Club Stomp (1927-1931) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 1) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120509
Jazz
GARDNER, Freddy: Freddy Gardner (1939-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120506
Nostalgia
GARNER, Erroll: Erroll Garner Plays Misty (1953-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120771
Jazz
GARNER, Erroll: Standards (1945-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120661
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing Me a Swing Song (1935-1936) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120548
Jazz
MARTIN, Dean: When You're Smiling (1946-1953) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120761
Nostalgia
MILLS BROTHERS: Early Classics (1931-1934) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120546
Nostalgia
PARKER, Charlie: Ornithology (1945-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120571
Jazz
PINZA, Ezio: Some Enchanted Evening (1949-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120643
Nostalgia
REINHARDT, Django: Nuages (1940) (Reinhardt, Vol. 6) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120726
Jazz
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Let's Dance! (1934-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120536
Jazz
Role: Lyricist 
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Catalogue No  Work Category 
ARMSTRONG, Louis: Rhythm Saved The World (1934-1936) (Louis Armstrong, Vol. 3) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120676
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ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat (A Jazz Tribute to Fred Astaire) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90319
Contemporary Jazz
ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (1933-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120718
Nostalgia
DAVIS JR, Sammy: Hey There (1949-1955) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120833
Nostalgia
FITZGERALD, Ella: Live in '57 and '63 (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-JIEF
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DE3507
Contemporary Jazz
KERN, J.: Songs (Can't Help Singing - A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Delos
DE3224
Choral - Secular
KERN: The Song Is You (1925-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120827
Nostalgia
MONROE, Marilyn: Original Recordings (Love, Marilyn) (1953-1958) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120891
Nostalgia
PINZA, Ezio: Some Enchanted Evening (1949-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120643
Nostalgia
PORTER: Can-Can / Mexican Hayride (Original Broadway Cast) (1953, 1944) Naxos
8.120845
Musicals
TERRY, Clark: Having Fun Delos
DE4021
Contemporary Jazz
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia
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75442262052
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75442270652
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL ARMY BAND: New Frontiers Altissimo
75442262282
Contemporary Jazz
VAUGHAN, Sarah: Trouble Is A Man (1946-1948) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120763
Nostalgia




 
 
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