For those of you new to the Lincoln Highway’s history, the Eastern Terminus of the highway is in Times Square in New York City. Whether drivers were heading eastbound or westbound, this little part of New York made a big impact on all of their journeys.
“Garrick Gaieties” was a musical revue that gave Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart there first commercial success in 1925. This revue parodied topics of the day, and was so popular two more shows followed this revue in 1926 and 1930. This team went on to write many memorable songs together including: “My Funny Valentine“, “The Lady is a Tramp“, “Falling in Love with Love“, and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered“.
Today’s piece is an instrumental version of “Manhattan”, the biggest hit from the first revue and part of the “Great American Songbook” (there’s a few different links to various non-profits that are trying to preserve the songs on the Wikipedia page I linked to).
I love the pictures that accompany this version, and the orchestra does a great job. I’m so impressed by this recording, and I hope you will enjoy it too!