Seventh Annual

National Carry A Tune Week

October 7 - 13, 2007


This is a free web event sponsored each year by The Tune Lovers Society

What makes it a tune?



(a) a pleasing succession of musical tones: Melody.

(b) a dominant theme.

--from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.


You don’t need to be a contestant on American Idol or other television show.

All you need is the willingness to look back and pick some of your favorite American tunes during National Carry A Tune Week.

This week is set aside to remember favorite tunes from the recent or distant past.

To read about the 2008 event, go to:

Carry A Tune Week

How did this event begin?

Back in 2001, music preservationist and songwriter Roger Hall wanted to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through music. So he came up with the idea of asking music lovers to select tunes for a week of remembrance in October.

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That grass roots idea has developed the annual free event known as National Carry A Tune Week.

So far there have been over 200 American tunes chosen.

Whenever possible, the creators (songwriters and composers) are listed in the survey such as:



Ralph Rainger-Leo Robin: "Thanks for the Memory"




This is the seventh year of this annual event.

National Carry A Tune Week is designed for those who want to remember some of their favorite tunes and carry them with them like treasured photos.

The week is now listed in the popular national directory, Chase's Calendar of Events 2007.


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Who is eligible to participate in Carry A Tune Week?

Anyone can take part in National Carry A Tune Week, including those living in countries other than the U.S.A.

The only criteria for National Carry A Tune Week are the tunes must be of American origin from at least five years ago.

No songs from other countries are eligible.

  • Musicians are encouraged to perform several of their tunes during this week in their concerts, at their house of woship, or elsewhere.
  • Teachers are invited to pick at least one tune for that week to teach to their students or ask them to find out about the selected tunes.
  • Listeners can play their chosen tunes in the car, at the office, or at home.


To read more, look in Chase's Calendar of Events 2007 under the date of October 7, 2007 for information about National Carry A Tune Week.



Seventh Annual Carry A Tune Week (2007)

Thank you to all who participated in this year's survey.

This year's survey is dedicated to the memory of the magnificent voice of Luciano Pavarotti, 1935-2007 (see VI. Film Music below).

The 2007 tunes sent in are listed here by category, with year when they were written or published.

To read the complete descriptions for the tunes on the list click on this link:

National Carry a Tune Week 2007


I. Patriotic Music

"God Bless America" (1938) - Rob
"Rights of Conscience" (1810) - Roger

II. Folk Music

"Home on the Range" (1873) - Roger
"Joe Hill's Last Will" (1961) - Jim
"The Last Thing On My Mind" (1960s) - Jim
"Living in the Country" (1956) - Jim
"Our Town" (1991) - Jim

III. Religious Music

"A Cup of Rejoicing" (Shaker hymn, 1846) - Suzanne
"How Glorious is Our Heavenly King (New England hymn,1778) - Roger
"Jesus Loves Me" (Gospel song, 1862) - Jill
"More Love" (Shaker hymn, 1870) - Suzanne
"(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley" (Gospel song, 1937) - Roger
"The Tree of Life" (Shaker hymn, 1876) - Suzanne

IV. Popular Music

"America" from West Side Story (1957) - Beate
"Autumn Leaves" (1955) - Gail
"Back in the Saddle Again" (1939) - Gail
"But Not For Me" (1930) - Jim
"Call of the Canyon" (1940) - Roger
"Carl Yastremski" (1967) - Gail
"Distracted" (1980) - Judith
"Dream World" (1961) - Roger
"Hold Me Back (Frankie and Johnny)"(1992) - Judith
"Hold the Line" (1978) - Beate
"I Am What I Am" from La Cage aux Folles (1983) - Beate
"I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" (1927/ 1948) - Rob & Judy
"I'm So Excited" (1984) - Beate
"I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story (1957) - Suzanne
"The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha (1965) - Gail, Eric
"I Say a Little Prayer" (1967) - Beate
"I Whistle a Happy Tune" from The King and I (1951) - Suzanne
"Man of La Mancha" (1965) - Eric
"Moonlight in Vermont" (1944) - Gail
"Stormy Weather" (1933) - Jim
"Take Five" (1961) - Judith
"Take Me Home Country Roads" (1971) - Beate
"These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)" (1936) - Jim

V. Classical Music

"Adagio for Strings" (1938) - Jim
"Look unto me" from the cantata, Song of Our Saviour (1881) - Roger
"The Dark Night is Ending" (1988) - Roger
"Earth's Only Paradise" from Ode to the Virginian Voyage (1957) - Roger
"The empty handed traveller" from the opera, The Consul (1950)-Suzanne
"Sure on this shining night" (1941) - Suzanne

VI. Film Music (Songs and Themes)

"If We Were In Love" from the film YES, GIORGIO (1982) - In Memory of Luciano Pavarotti - Roger
"The Look of Love" from CASINO ROYALE (1967) - Roger
"Over the Rainbow" from THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) - Suzanne
"Prelude" from PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE (1952) - Roger
"That Old Black Magic" from STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM (1942) - Jim
"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" from SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT - Jim

To read the complete descriptions for the tunes sent in, click on this link:

National Carry a Tune Week 2007





Total tunes selected for National Carry A Tune Week, 2001 - 2006 = 178


Sixth Annual Carry A Tune Week (2006)





Fifth Annual Carry A Tune Week (2005)





List of Tune for Carry A Tune Week (2001-2004)




Tunemaker Hall of Fame




Tune Lists and CDs:

50 Songs from 1956

50 songs from 1957

100 Essential Songs (1861-1961)

50 Essential Songs (1759 - 1859)

Songs of the World War II Era

The NPR 100

Songs of the Century


Centennial Tributes:

Gene Autry (western singer-songwriter)

Eddie Dean (western singer-songrwriter)

Miklos Rozsa (film composer)


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See the list of available music at

American Music Recordings Collection

AMP Store



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