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"Play a Simple Melody" is a song from the 1914 musical, Watch Your Step, words and music by Irving Berlin. The show was the first stage musical that Irving wrote; it ran for 175 performances New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The one song from it that is well-remembered today is "Play a Simple Melody," one of the few true examples of counterpoint in American popular music—a melody running against a second melody, both with independent lyrics— (see below). Two others are "You're Just in Love," as well as "An Old-Fashioned Wedding" (see the 1966 revival of Annie Get Your Gun), also by Irving Berlin. The song became popular again after it was featured in the 1954 movie There's No Business Like Show Business, a movie starring Ethel Merman, Dan Dailey, Donald O'Connor, Johnnie Ray, Mitzi Gaynor, and Marilyn Monroe showcasing Irving Berlin songs from the whole of his career. In the movie Merman and Dailey sang the song in a vaudeville sequence. "Play a Simple Melody" achieved great popularity thereafter when Bing Crosby and his son, Gary, released a version of it. 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... The New Amsterdam Theatre is a playhouse located at 214 West 42nd Street in New York Citys Broadway district. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... In music, counterpoint is the relationship between two or more voices that are independent in contour and rhythm, and interdependent in harmony. ... Youre Just in Love is a popular song. ... Annie Get Your Gun is a musical loosely based on the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. ... See also: 1953 in film 1954 1955 in film 1950s in film years in film film Events May 12 - The Marx Brothers Zeppo Marx divorces wife Marion Benda. ... Theres No Business Like Show Business is a 20th Century Fox film that was released on December 16, 1954. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a Tony Award winning star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range. ... Daniel James Dailey Jr. ... Donald David Dixon Ronald O’Connor (August 28, 1925 – September 27, 2003) was a singer, dancer, and actor who came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred with Francis the Talking Mule. ... Johnnie Ray from the trailer for one of his few films, Theres No Business Like Show Business (1954) John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927–February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. ... Mitzi Gaynor (born September 4, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, although some sources indicate 1930) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ... Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was a Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, singer, model and pop icon. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Gary Evan Crosby (June 27, 1933 - August 24, 1995) was an American singer and actor. ...

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