Hushabye Mountain

"Hushabye Mountain" is a ballad by the songwriting team Robert and Richard Sherman. It appears twice in the 1968 Albert R. Broccoli motion picture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:[1] first as an idyllic lullaby by Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) to his children;[2] and later when the children of Vulgaria have lost all hope of salvation. The song is also featured prominently in the 2002 and 2005 stage musical versions.

Other versions

The song has been covered by many artists. Bobbie Gentry, Julie London and Tony Bennett recorded the song in 1968. Dakota Fanning sang the song in Steven Spielberg's 2005 release of War of the Worlds. David Gilmour performed the song at his 2001-2 semi-acoustic solo performances, as captured on the David Gilmour in Concert DVD. British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber recorded the song on his 2006 album Unexpected Songs. Wendy Craig also recorded the song on a children's 7 inch vinyl and on a children's song album in 1971. Stacey Kent recorded a version of this song for her album Dreamsville (2001). A version of the song was used in a Boots No7 commercial, directed by Dougal Wilson.

The song appears on the 2014 collaboration album Dream a Little Dream by Pink Martini and the von Trapps as well as on the 2013 album Hushabye by Hayley Westenra.

The song was recorded by Danny Elfman as the character Jack Skellington for the film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) but not used.

In 2015, British comedian Alexander Armstrong performed it for his album A Year of Songs (2015).

British comedian Jason Manford included the song on his 2017 album A Different Stage.

In October 2017, Belly released a cover of the song, as part of a PledgeMusic campaign for their new album. It was also included on their 2018 EP "Feel," released as a Record Store Day exclusive.

References

  1. Burlingame, Jon (2012). The Music of James Bond. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199863303.
  2. Albrecht, Sally K (2008). Broadway for Solo Singers: Contemporary Arrangements of 10 Broadway Favorites. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN 9780739049563.


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