The Harold Arlen Songbook

January 14, 1961: Ella Fitzgerald completed the recording of the “Harold Arlen Songbook” today which included such Broadway classics as “That Old Black Magic,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “Over the Rainbow” which is popularly known as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  (from This Day … In Jewish History, Mitch Levin)

The U.S. has issued postage stamps honoring both Fitzgerald and Arlen.  In January 2007, Ella was portrayed on a 39-cent stamp (Scott No. 4120) as a part of the U.S.P.S.’s ongoing Black Heritage series and Arlen was portrayed on a 32-cent stamp (Scott No. 3100) issued in September 1996 as part of its Legends of American Music series.





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