Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusic · 1 decade ago

How many different versions of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" are there?

I want to make a montage and I love that song, I want to know how many versions there are, which is your favorite, and where can I listen to them too? I know, I'm demandng! ;) Thanks in advance!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The number of artists who have recorded the song is so great I kinda doubt you could ever get an accurate number, but here's a list of ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVEN performers who have done the song, officially titled just OVER THE RAINBOW. (I'd bet the actual list would be at least 3 or 4 times as long!)

    Katharine McPhee (American Idol)

    Tori Amos (singer)

    Harold Arlen (who also wrote it)

    Chet Atkins (guitarist)

    Chet Baker (singer, trumpeter)

    Shirley Bassey (singer)

    Dizzy Gillespie (trumpeter)

    Tony Bennett (singer)

    Hamilton Bohannon (bandleader... "Bohannon, Bohannon, Bohannon...")

    Bootsy Collins (P-Funk bassist)

    Dave Brubeck (pianist)

    Gary Burton (vibraphonist)

    George Cables (pianist)

    Vicki Carr (singer)

    Jose Carreras (opera tenor)

    Eric Clapton (singer, guitarist)

    Rosemary Clooney (singer)

    Perry Como (singer)

    Papa John Creach (violinist, Jefferson Airplane)

    Vic Damone (singer)

    Doris Day (singer)

    Dionne Warwick (singer)

    Richard Elliot (saxophonist)

    Eva Cassidy (singer)

    Maceo Parker (saxophonist)

    Faith Hill (singer)

    Jose Feliciano (singer, guitarist)

    Maynard Ferguson (trumpeter)

    The Four Freshmen (singers)

    Aretha Franklin (singer)

    Judy Garland (singer, in the film, of course)

    Liza Minelli (singer, Judy's daughter)

    Stan Getz (saxophonist)

    Kathie Lee Gifford (singer)

    Merle Haggard (singer)

    Tom T Hall (singer)

    Sam Harris (StarSearch)

    Al Hirt & the Anita Kerr Singers (trumpeter)

    Keith Jarrett (pianist)

    Jewel (singer)

    Johnny Mathis (singer)

    Stanley Jordan (guitarist)

    Bert Kaempfert (band leader, who had the "mad hits")

    Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole (singer)

    Stan Kenton (saxophonist)

    Kirk Whalum (saxophonist)

    Patti Labelle (singer)

    Jerry Lee Lewis (singer, pianist)

    Guy Lombardo (orchestra leader)

    Melissa Manchester (singer)

    Henry Mancini (orchestra leader)

    Mantovani (orchestra leader)

    Martina McBride (singer)

    Paul Muriat (orchestra leader)

    Van McCoy (orchestra leader, "Do the Hustle!")

    Meco (disco group)

    Glenn Miller (orchestra leader)

    James Moody (singer)

    Tommy Mattola (guitarist)

    Willie Nelson (singer)

    Peter Nero (pianist)

    Olivia Newton-John (singer)

    Harry Nilsson (singer)

    Mandy Patinkin (singer)

    Jack Sheldon (singer, trumpeter)

    Richard Clayderman (pianist)

    Art Pepper (saxophonist)

    Frankie Lymon (singer)

    Nana Mouskouri (singer)

    LeAnn Rimes (singer)

    Liberace (pianist)

    Oscar Peterson (pianist)

    Sarah Vaughn (singer)

    Ben Webster (saxophonist)

    Kai Winding (trombonist)

    Kenny Burrell (guitarist)

    Jane Monheit (singer)

    Errol Garner (pianist)

    Andre Rieu (violinist)

    Jo Stafford (singer)

    Anne Murray (singer)

    Tommy Emmanuel (guitarist)

    Procol Harum (rock band, "A Whiter Shade of Pale")

    Art Tatum (pianist)

    Jackie Wilson (singer)

    Don McLean (singer, "American Pie")

    Rob Wasserman (bassist)

    Carnie Wilson (singer)

    Danny Aiello (singer --- best known for his acting)

    Toots Thielemans (harmonicist, guitarist, whistler)

    Ray Stevens (singer)

    Cliff Richard (singer)

    Melanie (singer)

    Tom Jones (singer)

    Sammy Davis Jr. (singer)

    Placido Domingo (opera tenor)

    Ella Fitzgerald (singer)

    Les Brown (bandleader)

    Grace Kelly (14-year-old singer, saxophonist)

    Dave Koz (saxophonist)

    Modern Jazz Quartet (piano, vibraphone, bass, drums)

    Earl "Fatha" Hines (pianist)

    Sun Ra (bandleader)

    Livingston Taylor (singer, and James' brother)

    Bud Powell (pianist)

    Andre Previn (conductor)

    Louis Prima & Keely Smith (singers)

    Ray Charles (singer, pianist)

    Dianne Schuur (singer)

    George Shearing (pianist)

    Zoot Sims (saxophonist)

    Frank Sinatra (singer)

    Jevetta Steele (singer)

    Sonny Stitt (saxophonist)

    Sons of the Pioneers (singers)

    Barbra Streisand (singer)

    Taco (disco band, "Puttin' On The Ritz")

    Cal Tjader (vibraphonist)

    Caterina Valente (singer)

    Gene Vincent (singer)

    Bette Midler (singer)

    Celine Dion (singer)

    David Bowie (singer)

    Deep Purple (rock band)

    Eydie Gorme (singer)

    Harry Connick, Jr. (singer, pianist)

    Jimi Hendrix (guitarist, singer)

    Kenny G (saxophonist)

    Metallica (metal band)

    Norah Jones (singer, pianist)

    Phil Collins (singer, drummer)

    Phish (rock band)

    Queen (rock band)

    The Ohio Players (funk band)

    The Platters (singing group)

    The Ramones (punk band)

    Tiny Tim (singer)

    As for my favorites... Gotta start with Judy Garland, who made the song famous in The Wizard of Oz. Then, the great RAY CHARLES. Definitely try to listen to the Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole version (the ukulele version, not the one with a rhythm section), a hugely popular Hawaiian classic (on the Meet Joe Black soundtrack)! Barbra Streisand probably does a knock-out version. Patti Labelle's is pretty awesome. Chet Baker has a very nice voice. Willie Nelson... Jo Stafford... I'd listen to Johnny Mathis, and Faith Hill for good versions, too! Katharine McPhee sounds great, and Martina McBride, too! Have fun! (Definitely enough versions out there to keep you busy!) btw... Louis Armstrong is not on the list, but I would hardly believe he didn't do it!

    Source(s):,, iTunes, and the ASCAP website... ASCAP ---the Association of Composers, Authors, and Publishers--- is the organization that licenses the rights to this song.
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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    How many different versions of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" are there?

    I want to make a montage and I love that song, I want to know how many versions there are, which is your favorite, and where can I listen to them too? I know, I'm demandng! ;) Thanks in advance!

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  • 4 years ago

    I cannot find the full lyrics as performed by mandy patinkin three separate times on the david letterman show. I can't imagine a better rendition either. Mandy does this song awesome!

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  • 6 years ago

    The Checkers, The Del-Vikings,

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  • 4 years ago

    Momma Jenkins. Momma Pearl. Names like that. In America in the south.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    theres quite a few. new found glory did a remake of it and a bunch of other bands and singers did

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