” Over the Rainbow – You belong to me ( Medley ) ” is by Matchbox, the English rockabilly band. The song was initially written by E.Y. Harburg with music composed by Harold Arlen.
E.Y. Harburg ( Edgar Yipsel “Yip” Harburg ) was not only responsible for one of the most memorable songs from The Wizard of Oz, but he also was the final script editor and helped to shape the classic.
Harold Arlen who composed the music for ” Over the Rainbow “, is responsible for many hit songs during the 1930s when he worked with Ted Koehler, those songs are still popular today and include now familiar standards as ” Let’s Fall In Love ” and ” Stormy Weather “.
The original version of this song, often known as ” Somewhere Over The Rainbow “, was written in 1939 for the film, The Wizard of Oz. It was performed on screen by lead character Dorothy Gale ( Judy Garland ).
The film was adapted from the 1900 novel ” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ” by L. Frank Baum by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It is by far the most famous and commercially successful adaptation ever.
” Over the Rainbow ” was released in September 1939 as a single by Decca Records. Judy Garland performed the song for thirty years after the film was released. She sang the song precisely as she did in the movie without altering it right up until the year she passed away in 1969. The song was to become Judy’s signature song.
Matchbox released a cover version of the song called ” Over the rainbow – You Belong to Me ( Medley ) ” on the Magnet record label. The song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 29th of November 1980 and peaked at number fifteen. It spent four weeks in the Top Twenty and spent a total of eleven weeks on the UK chart.
In Ireland, the single entered the Irish chart on the 14th of December 1980 and reached a peak of number twenty-three. It stayed on the chart for a total of six weeks.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 15
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 23
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