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Monday, October 5, 2015

Warble With Witch Hazel

The Countdown to Halloween 2015 continues. Walt Disney's classic cartoon Trick or Treat (1952) features one of the most delightful—frightfully so—Halloween songs heard in animation or anywhere else  Though this demonic ditty is usually attributed to veteran Disney composer Paul J. Smith (probably because he composed the short's musical score), the song's sheet music tells a different story. The words and music for the cartoon's title tune was actually written by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston, the team that composed the songs for Cinderella (1950). The tunesmith trio were presumably working on the animated feature at the same time the animated short was in production.  (Marc Davis told me the animators affectionally dubbed the songwriters "Manny, Moe and Jack.") Here's the sheet music for this spook-night tune (which as you can see I pilfered from Full title: "Trick or Treat (For Halloween)." 

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