Music and Lyrics: Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons (1931)
First sung by Belle Baker on the radio. "As the story goes, the singer had just lost her husband, and, struck by the personal sense of loss conveyed in the lyrics, broke down weeping during a performance. The national press picked up the story and before long the song was a hit." -jazzstandards.com
Music and Lyrics: Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart (1935)
From the musical "Jumbo" which played first on Broadway in 1935 starring Jimmy Durante. Many years later (1962) it was made into a movie, still starring Durante. On the stage, Durante finished each performance with his head under the foot of a live elephant.
In the movie, this song was sung by Stephen Boyd to Doris Day.
Music and Lyrics: Bob Thiele, George David Weiss (1967)
Recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1968, this song justifiably became a number one hit. This recording resurfaced again in "Good Morning, Vietnam" where it became further etched into the American psyche. In concert, Joe frequently ends his performance with a vocal rendition of this song. A complete solo guitar arrangement is featured here.
Music: Antonio Carlos Jobim; Original Lyrics (in Portuguese): Vinicius De Moraes; English Lyrics: Norman Gimbel (1963)
This song was inspired by a particular young woman walking on the beaches of Ipenama, a fashionable district of Rio De Janeiro. It is one of the most recorded songs in the history of recorded music.
Music and Lyrics: Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer (1938)
Written for the 1938 Warner Brothers movie "Going Places". It was premiered by Louis Armstrong and has since been covered by many other artists. - WikiPedia
To truly appreciate the levity of this song, you need to imagine Louis Armstrong singing it to a racehorse named "Jeeper's Creepers" (which he does in the movie).
Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin (1930)
"...originally written in 1928 for an unpublished operetta named 'East is West'. ... published in 1930 and included in the Broadway musical 'Girl Crazy' where it was performed by Ginger Rogers... Billie Holiday's 1944 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2005".-WikiPedia