Song of the Day: Rita Hayworth, “Dearly Beloved”

Today’s "Love Is In Da Blog" assignment is to come up with a love song from 1942. The movie You Were Never Lovelier starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth came out that year. It was the second time Astaire danced with Ms. Hayworth, and later in life he said he liked dancing with her the best. Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer wrote "Dearly Beloved," and Ms. Hayworth sang it, only to have her voice dubbed by Nan Wynn at Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn’s insistence. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "White Christmas," from the movie Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby and Astaire.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Rita Hayworth, “Dearly Beloved”

  1. I love Rita Hayworth who was such an excellent dancer and a fine actress. I knew about Fred loving to dance with her because she was a professional in dancing, she was the right height and was always genial and willing. It’s such a shame how alzheimers took her.

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    1. They say she had an excellent voice, too, but her voice was dubbed, for whatever reason. It would have been interesting to hear her sing the song.

      The first time I saw this movie, I ws blown away. I know she was a pinup girl during WWII, but I had no idea she was so drop-dead gorgeous. And, of course, she had an incredible figure from all the dancing. I swear, I developed a crush on her…

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