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Annette Hanshaw - Happy Days Are Here Again 1930

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Published on May 12, 2011

2-11-1930 - Diva Records 3106-G - Gay Ellis (Annette Hanshaw) and her boys. (this was once the democrats' victory song)
Annette Hanshaw (October 18, 1901 - March 13, 1985) was one of the first great female jazz singers Of the 1920's and 1930's.
(from "Chasing Rainbows")
"Happy Days Are Here Again" is a song copyrighted in 1929 by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics) and published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc./Advanced Music Corp. The song was recorded by Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, with Lou Levin, vocal (November 1929), and was used in the 1930 film Chasing Rainbows. The film was about Drunks, Bootlegging and Prohibition and the song was the finale, celebrating the imminent repeal of Prohibition.
Today, the song is probably best remembered as the campaign song for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's successful 1932 presidential campaign. Since Roosevelt's use of the song, it has come to be recognized as the unofficial theme of the Democratic Party. The lyrics suggest optimism and buoyancy.
Matthew Greenwald described the song as "[a] true saloon standard, [and] a Tin Pan Alley standard, and had been sung by virtually every interpreter since the 1940s. In a way, it's the pop version of Auld Lang Syne."
The song is #47 on the Recording Industry Association of America's list of "Songs of the Century".
As of 2006, 76 commercially released albums include versions of the song.

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