Old Hollywood Songs – Bringing Old Movies to Life

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Did you know that old Hollywood songs had their beginnings in other countries? In fact, many of the most popular American songs were written by or inspired by foreign writers. Some of these country music crooners even had hits in foreign countries! In fact, many of the old movies stars were also overseas-usually in Europe-when they made their first film or TV appearance. So if you like the old movies, did you know that your favorite songs were partially or wholly written in other languages?

An Overview

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Let’s think for a second about one of the most famous American songs of all time: “Blue Moon Of California.” You might not have heard this one in your home country, but if you listen to it on the radio, you’ll hear all kinds of version of the song. Originally, it was a Spanish song that was sung by The Doobie Brothers. It was recorded in Yiddish, German, English, and finally, it went into the New York City songbook. This means that some of the versions of this oldie song are as old as many years! And many of the words are words that you can hear all over the world today.

Another very popular song from old Hollywood is “White Room.” This is an oldie but a great song. It was a big hit with Italian Nebraskans in the early part of the decade. The actual words are “Voi Che serve tempo, soprano chiavota.” Now, that translates to “I want you to kiss me for a soft, long time, just like a flower.”

Old Hollywood Songs


There are plenty of other oldie songs from Hollywood that you probably didn’t even know about. For example, did you know that the Beach Boys had a song called “Magic Bus” that came out in the early 1970s? Now, don’t be shocked if you recognize the lyrics to this one! Just sit there and let these oldie songs sink in. They’ll make you feel like they’re just talking in a foreign language that you’re not familiar with.

Of course, these aren’t the only old movies and old songs from Hollywood that you’ve probably heard. Did you know that there were three original songs written by Louis XIV of France that have been used in more than a hundred films? If you haven’t guessed, they are” Marie Antoinette” (the girl from the musical “My Fair Lady”),” Mysterious Lady” from “My Fair Lady,” and “My Secret Life” from “The Perfect Romance.” As you can see, old movies and old songs go hand in hand. Just make sure you take note of when and where they were used.

You can also look to the old movies for musicals. There’s a good chance that you’ll find at least one, if not more, of the old standards being used in current movies. Take “old’s school” for example. This oldie from the 1938 picture classic “All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” is sung by the guys in the band. It’s a nice touch to have a classic oldie music like that in your movie.

Old songs from old movies are surprisingly recognizable. Many people may be surprised to find out that “The Clown” from “Grease” is actually about the same person that wrote “Grease”. It just goes to show that sometimes things that were long gone are still around. The same can be said for old songs from other genres. Old gospel and bluegrass songs make perfect parodies of today’s youth culture.

In The End

In all, there are some old songs that should stay in your music collection, especially if you grew up listening to them. If your parents didn’t have any VHS tapes or CD’s, you should start collecting your own. You’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of them, and they’ll help to bring back memories of a bygone era. If you’re looking for the perfect song to put into a montage of old movies, this should be a great place to start.

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