- 1938 - Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg won the Academy Award for Best
Song in a Motion Picture for Over The Rainbow from the
movie The Wizard of Oz.
Academy Award Nominations
- Blues in the Night from the film Blues in the
- Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe from the
film Cabin in the Sky
- My Shining Hour from the film The Sky's the Limit
- That Old Black Magic from the film Star Spangled
- Now I Know from the film Up in Arms
- Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive from the film Here
Comes the Waves
- For Every Man There's A Woman from the film Casbah
- The Man That Got Away from the film A Star is
|Number One Song of the
- 2000 - Over the Rainbow,
from The Wizard of Oz, was deemed the Number One Song of the
Century out of a list of 365 songs compiled by the Recording Industry
Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
|U.S. Postal Service Commemorative
In celebration of the era of big bands and songwriters, the United
States Postal Service presented the Big Band Leaders and Songwriters
Series of Commemorative Stamps.
The Harold Arlen stamp was unveiled by the composer's son, Sam Arlen,
at a dedication ceremony in Shubert Alley in New York City. The ceremony
was followed by a reception at Laura Belle's on West Forty-Third Street,
at which guests danced to the music of the honored songwriters and band
leaders, as performed by The John Pizzarelli Orchestra.
Stamps were released in honor of the following people:
- Harold Arlen (composer)
- Johnny Mercer (lyricist)
- Dorothy Fields (lyricist)
- Hoagy Carmichael. (lyricist)
- Count Basie (band leader)
- Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey (band leaders)
- Glenn Miller (band leader)
- Benny Goodman (band leader)
- March 8, 1971 - Harold Arlen was duly elected to the Songwriters Hall
|ASCAP Golden Circle Induction
- 1980 - Having been a member of ASCAP for fifty (50) years (since June
26, 1930), Harold Arlen was inducted into the American Society of Composers,
Authors and Publishers Golden Circle.
|ASCAP Most Performed
- May 3, 1984 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
presented Harold Arlen with an award for Over the Rainbow
being one of the most performed ASCAP standards from 1973 to 1983.
|ASCAP Outstanding Country
- October 14, 1981 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers presented Harold Arlen with an award of merit for his "Outstanding
Country Song," Over The Rainbow.
- April 19, 1984 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Foundation and Richard and Dorothy Rodgers Foundation awarded Harold
Arlen the ASCAP/Richard Rodgers Award in recognition of his outstanding
contributions to the American Musical Theater.
|New York University Musical
Theatre Hall of Fame
- November 13, 1995 - Harold Arlen was inducted to The New York University
Musical Theater Hall of Fame for "his ability to weave blues and
jazz elements into a distinctive and highly textured idiom."
|National Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences Awards
- 1963 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented
Harold Arlen with a certificate in recognition of his nomination for
the Best Album Notes on The Barbra Streisand Album.
- 1981 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented
Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (Best Composer/Lyrcist Category) with a
certificate in recognition for their participation in the Grammy Award
Winning Best Cast Show Album, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
Live on Broadway.
|Library of Congress Certificate
- April 24, 1973 - The Achievement Recognition Institute honored Harold
Arlen the coveted distinction of becoming a reference within the Library
of Congress. This distinction of merit and is presented to a select
few outstanding and prominent contributors to society.
- September 5, 1949 - The Railroad Hour Radio Program, on behalf of
its listeners, its artists and sponsors, awarded a tribute to Harold
Arlen for having "woven his own black magic into melodies which
have become standards of American popular music and especially for the
charm and warmth of his score for the Wizard of Oz."
|Urban/Low Spirit Music
- May 1994 - Motor Music presented Harold Arlen with a Platinum Record
to recognize sales in Germany of more than 500,000 copies of the Urban/Low
Spirit Single Over the Rainbow.
- May 1994 - Motor Music presented Harold Arlen with a Gold Record to
recognize sales in Germany of more than 250,000 copies of the Urban/Low
Spirit Single Over the Rainbow.
- March 21, 1965 - Cue Magazine (30th Anniversary celebration) honors
at Lincoln Center
- February 25, 1973 - Handel Medallion from the City of New York by
Mayor John Lindsay
- November 19, 1979 - Theater Hall of Fame Award
- February 15, 1980 - ASCAP Tribute, New York Times
- March 15, 1982 - National Academy of Music Johnny Mercer Award
- February 15, 1984 - City of Los Angeles' declaration of "Harold
- Date Unknown - Twentieth Century Tribute with Walter Cronkite
- February 25, 1973 - NBC: A Tribute to Composer Harold Arlen
- November 23, 1975 - Players Club: A Sense of Style - The Music
of Harold Arlen
- November 7, 1977 - Museum of the City of New York: Sweet and Hot
- May 3 - 28, 1978 - Manhattan Theater Club: Happy With The Blues
- February 15, 1984 - Westwood Playhouse:Get Happy
- February 13 - March 17, 1991 - Stagewest: Sweet & Hot in Harlem
- February 10 - 12, 1995 - Wilshire Theater: Over the Rainbow - The
Music of Harold Arlen