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Kate Smith - When You Wish Upon A Star (1940)

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Uploaded on Apr 11, 2011

When You Wish Upon a Star
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Music by Leigh Harline
Sung by Kate Smith
Recorded February 1, 1940
Columbia 35413

"When You Wish Upon a Star" was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney's 1940 adaption of Pinocchio. The song won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The original version of the song was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket.

Kathryn Elizabeth "Kate" Smith (1907 -- 1986) was an American singer, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Smith had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. She began making records in 1926; among her biggest hits were "Too Late" (1931), "The Woodpecker Song" (1940), "The White Cliffs of Dover" (1941), "Rose O'Day" (1941), "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" (1942), "There Goes That Song Again" (1944), "Seems Like Old Times" (1946), and "Now Is the Hour" (1947). Her theme song was "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain", the lyrics of which she helped write. Her overweight figure was the occasional butt of derision from fellow performers and managers.

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