Artists We Cover:
Some of the artists, the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra covers:
- Andrews Sisters, Big Joe Turner, Billy Holiday, Billy Ward and the Dominoes, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Bobby Day, Chet Baker, Chuck Berry, Coasters, Dr. John, Drifters, Eddie Cochran, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Fats Waller, Hank Williams, Harry Belafonte, Laverne Baker, Lenny Welch, Little Willie John, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Merle Travis, Mills Brothers, Mose Allison, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ray Charles, Ry Cooder, Sam Cooke, Tex Williams
- Accentuate the Positive
- Ain’t Misbehavin’
- All of Me
- Almost Like Being in Love
- Basin Street Blues
- Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar
- Bei Mir Bistu Shein
- Besame Mucho
- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
- Bye Bye BlackBird
- Choo Choo Ch’Boogie
- Deed I Do
- Dream A Little Dream Of Me
- Early in the Morning
- Fly Me to the Moon (In other words)
- Georgia on My Mind
- Glow Worm
- House of Blue Lights
- It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing)
- Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby
- It’s Only a Paper Moon
- Lulu’s Back in Town
- Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
- Pennies from Heaven
- Route 66
- Sing, Sing, Sing
- Stormy Weather
- Sunny Side of the Street
- There Will Never Be Another You
- Tuxedo Junction
40s and 50s Music
- Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
- All Shook Up
- Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now
- Bring it on Home to Me
- Bye Bye Love
- C’est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)
- Flip, Flop and Fly
- Hallelujah I Love Her So
- I Got a Woman
- I Hear You Talkin’
- Iko Iko
- Jailhouse Rock
- Jump in the Line
- Jump Jive and Wail
- Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid
- Just a Gigolo/ I Ain’t Got Nobody
- My Baby Just Cares for Me
- Rock and Roll Music
- Rockin Robin
- Save the Last Dance For Me
- Since I Fell for You
- Sixty Minute Man
- Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette
- Summertime Blues
- The Great Pretender
- Three Cool Cats
- Twenty Flight Rock
- Twistin’ the Night Away
- Walking After Midnight
We found that in our stage patter between songs, we were noting that many of our songs could be heard in movies. Some people know Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line” from the movie “Beetlejuice” and my kids know “Pennies from Heaven” from the Will Ferrell Christmas movie “Elf”. Here’s a less than perfect list. If you can add or expand on this list, please let us know.
|Accentuate the Positive||Nominated for Best Song in 1945 after being used in the film “Here Come the Waves” with Bing Crosby and Betty Hutton.|
|Ain’t Misbehavin||Fats Waller re-recorded the song with vocals for the 1943
film “Stormy Weather”.
|All of Me||The song is featured prominently in the 1984 Steve
Martin/Lily Tomlin film of the same name.
|All Shook Up||In 1991, Billy Joel recorded the song for the movie
Honeymoon in Vegas, which also featured other Elvis Presley songs by various artists
|Almost Like Being In Love||In the 1947 musical Brigadoon. It was later performed in
the 1954 film version by Gene Kelly.Nat King Cole recorded more than one version of the song, including a later version that was used as the closing song in the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day”.
|Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now)||Sung by Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily during the credits
of the 2009 documentary film “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe”.
|Bye Bye Blackbird||Diana Krall, performed in the movie Public Enemies (2009)
with Johnny Depp. It was also in “History Boys” 2006.
|Bye Bye Love||Used in the 2004 movie “Ray”.|
|Choo Choo Ch’Boogie||In the 1992 film, “A League of their Own” by Manhattan Transfer|
|It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)||In the 1990 movie “Swing Kids”.|
|Dream a Little Dream of Me||1989 Movie “Dream a Little Dream’ with Corey Feldman and
Corey Haim.In the 1989 Carl Reiner film, ‘Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool,’Bert (Robert Lindsay) sings the song to his girlfriend in a dream sequence homage to the movie “An American in Paris.”Brittany Murphy can be heard singing parts of it throughout the 2001 film Don’t Say a Word.Used for the opening and closing credits for the HBO film Cinema Verite (2011). Performed by British group The Beautiful South on the 2001 album Solid Bronze and the 1995 US release of Carry On up the Charts. They recorded a version in French (“Les Yeux Ouverts”) for the movie French Kiss, which was re-used in the film “The Devil Wears Prada”.
|Early in the Morning||Louis Jordan recorded a second version of “Early in the Mornin'” in 1949 for Look Out Sister “a sixty-seven-minute picture that featured Louis as a musical cowboy”. His performance of the
song was filmed in front of a U.S. southwestern-style ranch house with the band dressed in 1940s Hollywood cowboy garb. In his autobiography, James Brown recalled seeing Jordan’s films when he was young and was inspired by the showmanship of performances such as “Early in the Mornin'” and especially “Caldonia”.
|Flip Flop and Fly||Jerry Lee Lewis and Ellis Hall (1999), this version being
used in the soundtrack of the animation movie Chicken Run.
|Georgia on My Mind||Used in the 2004 movie “Ray”|
|Hallelujah I Love Her So||Used in the 2004 movie “Ray”|
|I Ain’t Got Nobody||The jazz group, the Mound City Blue Blowers, performed the
song in a short film in 1929. Three years later, the Mills Brothers sang the number the in a Screen Songs cartoon of the same name. It was also featured briefly in a Harman and Ising Technicolor cartoon, “Poor Little Me”, in 1935. In the 1956 Warner Brothers cartoon Napoleon Bunny-Part, the song is listed in a jukebox under the title “I Ain’t Got No Head For My Body”, performed by “The Guillotineers”.
|I Got a Woman||Used in the 2004 “Ray” soundtrack.|
|Iko Iko||The Dixie Cups’ version was later included on the soundtrack to the 1987 film The Big Easy. This same version was also used on
the soundtrack of the 2005 movie The Skeleton Key. In 2009, a version based on The Dixie Cups’ was used in an ad for Lipton Rainforest Alliance Ice Tea.
|Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby||This song was used in the 1946 Tom and Jerry cartoon
|It’s Only a Paper Moon||In the 1973 Oscar-winning film “Paper Moon”. The song also
featured in and lent its name to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, being performed in that episode by James Darren. It was also in the 1992 movie “A League of their Own” by James Taylor.
|Jailhouse Rock||The song was released by Elvis Presley in September of 1957, to coincide with the release of his motion picture, “Jailhouse Rock”.|
|Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)||Featured in the films “Beetlejuice” (1988) and “The Little
Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” in 2000.
|Just a Gigolo||“Just a Gigolo” appeared in a 1931 film, a 1932
Betty Boop cartoon and a 1993 TV series, all titled after the song. The song was recorded by many musicians of the time, including Louis Armstrong and (in German) Richard Tauber.The film Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo, directed by David Hemmings in 1979, was titled after the first verse of the original lyrics,
but the Just a Gigolo title was used for US distribution. In this film, the song was performed by Marlene Dietrich, in her last film appearance.
|Lulu’s Back in Town||Lulu’s Back in Town was performed in the 1935 film “Broadway Gondolier”, directed by Lloyd Bacon, where it was sung by Dick Powell and the Mills Brothers. The arrangement was by George Roumanis. It was also used as the title song of the Warner Brothers animated short “Buddy the Gee Man”.|
|Misty||Although there were already several released versions, the
Johnny Mathis version recorded in 1958 popularized this virtually unknown Errol Garner song and inspired Clint Eastwood to use it in his movie “Play Misty for Me”, a low-budget film that proved to be a huge box-office smash.The Johnny Mathis version of the song plays prominently in a ballroom dancing scene in the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook.
|My Baby Just Cares for Me||In the 1930 musical comedy “Whoopee!” sung by Eddie Cantor. Also popular animated music video in 1987.|
|Pennies from Heaven||In the Will Ferrell movie “Elf” and in Steve Martin’s “Pennies from Heaven”|
|Rock and Roll Music||Chuck Berry performed it with Etta James in “Hail! Hail!
Rock and Roll”.
|Save the Last Dance for Me||Michael Buble sang it over the closing credits of the movie “The Wedding Date”. It was then released to radio.|
|Saved||Movies “Shag” (1989) and “A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon” (1988)|
|Sing, Sing, Sing||Used in the movie “Swing Kids” (1993)|
|Sixty Minute Man||Used in the 1998 movie “Pleasantville” with Toby Maguire and Jeff Daniels and in the 1988 movie “Bull Durham” with Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins. It can be also found in these movies:
|Smile||The melody was written by Charlie Chaplin and used in 1936 movie
“Modern Times”. Lyrics came in 1954.
|Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette||The song can be heard in the opening of the 2005 film,
“Thank You for Smoking” and in Episode 2, “Quit Smoking,” of the
television series “My Name Is Earl”.
|Sunny Side of the Street||Lester Young recorded the song in 1944 for the movie “Jammin’ the Blues”. In the 1995 movie “Mrs. Winterbourne”, Shirley MacLaine and Ricki Lake sang a rearranged rendition of the song. In 2007, Zooey Deschanel sings the song for Stephen Berra’s movie “The Good Life” and it also appeared in 1992’s “A League of their Own” by the Manhattan Transfer|
|There Will Never Be Another You||Composed for the musical “Iceland” (1942) starring Sonja Henie and John Payne. Nat King Cole sings it in the film “The World According to Garp” (1982)|
|Tuxedo Junction||The song has been used in various movies, including Big
Band films “The Glenn Miller Story”, “The Gene Krupa Story” and the Woody Allen film “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion”.
|Twenty Flight Rock||The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)|
|Twisting the Night Away||Cooke’s version also appeared in the 1978 classic Animal House,
the 1987 film Innerspace,and the 2011 film The Green Hornet.
|Walking after Midnight||In the movie “Sweet Dreams’ (1985) with Jessica Lang.|
|You Never can Tell (C’est La Vie)||The song briefly became popular again after the 1994
release of the Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction”. It was played
for a “Twist contest” in which Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) competed. The music added an evocative element of sound to the narrative and Tarantino said that the song’s lyrics of “Pierre” and “Mademoiselle” gave the scene a
“uniquely ’50s French New Wave dance sequence feel”.