When You Wish Upon A Star – Cliff Edwards / Glenn Miller / Guy Lombardo

August 27, 2021

Today’s song of the day is “When You Wish Upon a Star,” which had originally been sung by Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” and later became a Big Band-era classic.

Fun Facts

  • It’s considered the standard representative song for the Disney Corporation. The beginning notes can be heard at the start of all Disney movies in the 1950s and 1960s. The song was also used in advertising campaigns promoting Disneyland.
  • It was the first Disney song to win an Oscar. This occurred in 1940.
  • It was recorded as part of a set of Disney songs on a 4-record, 78 RPM set, including songs from “The Wizard of Oz.”
  • Popular versions of the song were recorded by Glenn Miller, Rosemary Clooney, Guy Lombardo, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, The Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Leon Redbone, Wynton Marsalis, and Beyonce.
  • John Williams’ score for Close Encounters of the Third Kind quotes some of the most recognizable song phrases from “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
  • Brian Wilson, leader of the Beach Boys, noted that the song’s melody structure served as inspiration for the group’s hit song, “Surfer Girl.”
  • In Japan and Scandinavian countries, the song is considered a Christmas carol and is played during the holidays.
  • The American Film Institute named the song seventh in their list of all-time songs in the film.
  • The Library of Congress named the song culturally important and included it in its National Recording Registry in 2009.
SOTD lyrics

Lyrics

(Musixmatch)

When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream

No request is too extreme

When you wish upon a star

As dreamers do

Fate is kind

She brings to those who love

The sweet fulfillment of

Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue

Fate steps in and sees you through

When you wish upon a star

Your dreams come true

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