When You Wish Upon A Star

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PROFILE
Composer Leigh Harline
Lyricist Ned Washington
Year Written 1940
About When You Wish Upon A Star
This song was written for the 1940 Walt Disney adaption of Pinocchio. It was sung by Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket. “When You Wish Upon A Star” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and was the first Disney song to win this award. Th American Film Institute rated it seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History. The song has also been recognized by the Library of Congress, which preserved the song in National Recording Registry in 2009.

Lyrics

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
Your dreams come true

Session / Album Information

1998

“When You Wish Upon A Star” was recorded in June 1998 and released that same year on the album The Playground.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 69380 —The Playground
  • 2011: Disc #64 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK62) The Playground

2011

“When You Wish Upon A Star” with Jackie Evancho was recorded in 2011 and was released that year on Duets II. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697967672: Duets II (UK Tesco Release)
  • 2011: RPM Sony: Duets II (Target Release)

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