Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Disney’s releases lost song from Lady and the Tramp

The Wall Street Journal reports: Over the decades, the Disney empire has cranked out a long list of memorable tunes.

But, it turns out, Disney still has some classic songs in the vaults. The coming special edition Blu-ray of the 1955 animated film Lady and the Tramp will feature a song called “I’m Free” that has never been officially released.

If the song “I’m Free” is so good, why did it get cut? According to Disney, Lady and the Tramp went through a long development process that started in the 1930s. At the very beginning, the character that would end up becoming the Tramp had different names (including Boris) and was conceived of as more of a rogue. After his character evolved, ”Lady and Boris” didn't have the same ring to it, so the song “I’m Free” was dropped.

The composition was recently recorded by Marco Marinangeli for the Blu-ray edition. The lyrics are by Ray Gilbert (“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”), the music by Eliot Daniel (composer of the theme song for “I Love Lucy”).

Lady and the Tramp will be released on Blu-ray on Feb. 7.

You can listen to an exclusive preview of the song below:

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