Hooray for Hollywood


"Hooray for Hollywood" is a popular song first featured in the 1937 movie Hollywood Hotel, and which has since become (together with "That's Entertainment" and "There's No Business like Show Business") the staple soundtrack element of any Academy Awards ceremony. It is even frequently played during non-American movie ceremonies, e.g. the French César Awards. The popularity of the song is notably due to an exciting and memorable melody and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, which reference the American movie industry and satirize the desire to become a Hollywood movie star.


The music was composed by Richard A. Whiting. In the original movie it was sung by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford, accompanied by Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

Its lyrics can be difficult to fully understand today, as they refer to people (e.g. Aimee Semple) or cultural elements (e.g. rotos) which have since been largely forgotten. The lyrics have also evolved over the years. Notably, the line "where any shopgirl can be a top girl, if she pleases the tired businessman" vanished quite quickly, and is absent from the 1958 Doris Day version, having been replaced with "and any barmaid can be a star made if she dances with or without a fan" The latter part of the line refers to Sally Rand and her fan dance. Today the song is performed mostly as a melody.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "You Tube: Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Hooray for Hollywood". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Sunshine Plaza". Archived from the original on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  3. ^ "Mayored to the Mob". The Simpsons Archive. 26 May 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

External linksEdit

  • Hollywood Hotel at IMDb
  • Film clip at tcm.com
  • Lyrics at johnnymercer.com