Live Poll: Signature Songs From the Movies

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Which actor's signature song* from a movie is your favorite?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026975808/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/IQjgg-64sS4/

(it can be a singer if he's the film's main star)
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#7...bing crosby...should be 'white chrisrmas'...

great list...great idea...
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Can i make you a suggestion.

"You Always Hurt the One You Love"  from Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine.

Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANbkNhU4VSY
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This is not a direct image of the scene but also serves

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1120985/mediaviewer/rm3871375872
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I'm not discussing the validity of your suggestion (not yet ;)) but how is it Gosling's signature song? I'm not saying the actor must be the original singer but the most memorable version has to be associated with the film version. I'm afraid i'm not sure your suggestion fit the criteria.
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Singing in the Rain, & White Christmas
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Thanks. I will edit the page later. I don't know why I can't do it from my mobile.
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ElM,

Great poll!
My vote: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)
2nd Choice: Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly)
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Singin' in the Rain
La La Land had some songs, right?
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I think LLL is too recent to feature any signature song, nothing to do with the film's musical value.
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Hooray for Captain Spaulding

Animal Crackers  (1930)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020640/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020640/reference

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing
during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding

The Marx Brothers   
Groucho Marx  ...  Captain Jeffrey Spaulding

Hooray for Captain Spaulding
 (1928) (uncredited)
 Music by Harry Ruby
 Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
 Sung by Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont and chorus
 Danced by Groucho Marx
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https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hooray+for+captain+spaulding
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooray_for_Captain_Spaulding
Hooray for Captain Spaulding" is a song,
originally from the 1928 Marx Brothers Broadway musical Animal Crackers
and the 1930 film version.
It later became well known as the theme song for
the Groucho Marx television show You Bet Your Life (1950–1961),
and became Groucho's signature tune
and was usually played when he was introduced on various talk shows and the like

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Three Little Words  (1950)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/reference

The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team
of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
is told loosely and lightheartedly
Fred Astaire   ...  Bert Kalmar
Red Skelton  Red Skelton   ...  Harry Ruby 



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I second "Hooray for Captain Spaulding". It became Groucho Marx's signature song and was the theme song for his game show, You Bet Your Life (TV Series).
Animal Crackers (1930) Soundtracks
Hooray for Captain Spaulding
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Sung by Groucho Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont and chorus
Danced by Groucho Marx

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I do not believe that "Three Little Words" meets the criteria for this poll suggestion. I do not believe that the song is a signature song for either Fred Astaire or Red Skelton.
Three Little Words (1950) Soundtrackshttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/soundtrack Written by Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar
Sung by Fred Astaire (later by Red Skelton)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Little_Words_(song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOTwnxKFnsY
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I just wanted to add 'Hooray for Captain Spaulding'

Not 'Three Little Words'

this is a movie about the song writers on TCM now!


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Good one, added.
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You have an asterix but not where it is referring to. I assume it's for the note under the link back - it needs an asterix.

I know what you mean by "(it can be a singer if he's the film's main star)" but it's stated awkwardly. Also, you're asking about songs, but you're referring to the performers in that note. Also, don't they all have to be the singers? I mean, that's what you have now. Or, can it be a song that is not sung by the actor but is definitely their theme song, like Staying Alive for Tony in Saturday Night Fever?

#13 - you need a space between Life and (Monty Python).

FYC:
Non, je ne Regrette rien - Edith Piaf - La Vie en Rose
Lose Yourself - Jiimy - 8 Mile
To Sir, With Love - Mr. Thackery - To Sir, With Love

And, if the performer doesn't have to be the actor, FYC:
Hotel California (Gipsy King's version) - Jesus Quintana - The Big Lebowski
Eye of the Tiger - Rocky Balboa - Rocky III
Born to be Wild - Wyatt and Billy - Easy Rider
The Girl Can't Help It - Jerri Jordan - The Girl Can't Help It
X Gon' Give It to Ya - Deadpool - Deadpool
Lust for Life - Renton - Trainspotting
Unchained Melody - Sam and Molly - Ghost
Old Time Rock and Roll - Joel - Risky Business
The Sound of Silence - Ben Braddock - The Graduate
Tequila - Pee-wee Herman - Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Ride of the Valkyries - Col. Kilgore - Apocalypse Now
In Your Eyes - Lloyd Dobler - Say Anything...
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Lose Yourself was there already....

Maybe I can do better in the "stating" department but yeah, the actor has to be the performer of the song. Otherwise, believe me, there would have been dozens more options starting with Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", "When You Wish Upon a Star", "Shaft", "Rock Around the Clock" etc. basically any iconic movie song.

That said, I'll gladly add "To Sir, With Love" since the performer stars in the film :) and it's one of my favorite movie songs... and I can't believe it wasn't even nominated for an Oscar.
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ElM,

I really like this poll. May I humbly suggest that you replace this choice:


... with one of the following, which crop better:


I consider a signature song to be one indelibly associated with one person. When I hear "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", I instantly think of Judy Garland. Likewise, when I hear "Singin' in the Rain" , I think of Gene Kelly.

A stronger case for a signature song is one that the performer originated and would sing throughout their career. Judy Garland not only originated the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in Wizard of Oz, but performed the song many times since both in concerts and variety shows.
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Thanks, Dan. Done :)
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ElM,
Thanks for placing the images that crop well in the first five choices.
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ElM,

For your consideration:
My Kind of Town (Chicago is) (Frank Sinatra)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058529/mediaviewer/rm2221073664?ft0=name&fv0=nm0000069

https://www.axs.com/the-10-best-frank-sinatra-songs-29737
My Kind of Town (Chicago is) This tribute to Chicago was written for the 1964 Rat Pack film called, “Robin and the 7 Hoods.” It has become a sort of Chicago theme song.

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) Soundtracks
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058529/soundtrack

My Kind of Town
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra plays Robbo in Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964).

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f18ga0i6r2A
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Jimmy Durante  (1893–1980)
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002051/
Comedian, composer, actor, singer and songwriter ("Inka Dinka Doo")

Trade Mark
Rumpled hat, patter songs ("Inka Dinka Doo")
and, of course, his huge proboscis.

Two Girls and a Sailor  (1944) 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037408/soundtrack
Inka Dinka Doo
Performed by Jimmy Durante with Harry James and His Orchestra

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inka_Dinka_Doo
...  it became Durante's theme song for the rest of his life.


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Inka+Dinka+Doo


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I second: Inka Dinka Doo (Jimmy Durante)

Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
Jimmy Durante: Billy Kipp
  • [after hitting a high note in the song, "Inka Dinka Doo"] 

    Billy Kipp : That note was given to me by Bing Crosby, and was he glad to get rid of it.

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Sound of Music?? whole movie or segments from
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In #14, shouldn't it be "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"?
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Dean Martin ? ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Martin
Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995)
was an American singer, actor, comedian and film producer
Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles,
including his signature songs
"Memories Are Made of This," "That's Amore," 
"Everybody Loves Somebody," "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You,"
"Sway," "Volare" and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
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Dean Martin
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001509/

Soundtrack: Movie (151 credits)
2017  Going in Style (performer: "Memories Are Made Of This")

signature songs are by "performer" - Not sung on screen by Dean ? ?

What is a "performer" here ? ?


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Added "Love me Tender" :)
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Another Not in a Movie ??


Tony Bennett
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004746/

performer: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett
Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926),
known professionally as Tony Bennett,
is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz.
He is also a painter

 In 1962, Bennett recorded his signature song,
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco".
His career and his personal life experienced an extended downturn
during the height of the rock music era.

Official website
http://www.tonybennett.com/
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Left_My_Heart_in_San_Francisco
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"
is a popular song, written in the fall of 1953 in Brooklyn, New York,
with music by George Cory and lyrics by Douglass Cross (1920–1975)
and best known as the signature song of Tony Bennett.

In 2018, it was selected for preservation in
the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress
as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco



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Another Not in a Movie ??


Tell me which of my choices are you in disagreements with, please. Like I said, it's not enough that the song comes from a movie, it must be associated to that movie in particular. But if it's a signature song, and the singer sings it in the film, I won't be too picky. Ideally, the singer should be the picture's star and this is a poll initially dedicated to movies that build songs' legends... but not to the point that we remember the song and not the movie. I'll check that Tony Bennett option.
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Now, in which movie it was used?
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Tony Bennett did not act or appear in any film.
https://www.imdb.com/seen/nm0004746-actor/

Therefor Tony Bennett performing: "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" is not eligible for this poll.

The song must be originally sung in a film by the performer / singer and must be considered a signature song.
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Hey Elmo, good poll and good images. I think I'd go with "To Sir, with Love."

I'll suggest a teeny edit but obviously disregard my grammar fetish if it's annoying, lol. (The edit is below in bold: a semi-colon, instead of a comma, between "song" and "to be eligible.")

(no 'background' song; to be eligible, the song has to be performed at least once in the film by the actor, actress or the acting singer)
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FYC:

Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson performing "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," which won the Oscar that year (2006) for Best Original Song.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410097/mediaviewer/rm3789986048
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Do you mean this song has become Henson and Howard's signature song since 2006? I'm really asking, if that's the case, I had no idea.
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Oh, no, sorry - I was thinking of the movie's signature song. Neither actor sings much, if at all, in other movies so it might be their only song but I'm not sure it fits as their signature song. 
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That's what I figured :), the title is misleading for the sake of brevity but the intro explains it all (or tries to)... if I had to include every signature song "per se", the list would be twice longer. This has more potential for a Part II poll.
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Doris Day performs "Que Sera Sera," not James Stewart.

FYC:
Bette Midler performing The Rose, from The Rose
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I don't know what major malfunction caused my brain to write Stewart.
I considered "The Rose" first but then I thought of "Wind Beneath My Wings" as the ultimate Bette Midler's song, I'm not sure one can have many signature songs... otherwise, I'll have to add five entries and all of them featuring Julie Andrews.
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Yeah, that's a tough decision: I like "The Rose" so much better and it was her signature song but now a lot of people think "Wings" probably. 

I was thinking of Madonna but there's a similar problem: she doesn't have just one signature song and most of them aren't from movies. "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" might be her signature song from a film but it could be "Into the Groove." 'Good poll. 
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I'll always associate Madonna to "Like a Virgin" personally :) as for Bette Midler, well, this clip says it all:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ysSeWgIzcE
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Bob Hope   ...  Thanks for the Memory


The Big Broadcast of 1938  (1938)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029912/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029912/reference
The Bellows family causes comic confusion on an ocean liner,
with time out for radio-style musical acts.

Bob Hope   ...  Buzz Fielding
Shirley Ross   ...  Cleo Fielding 

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY
 (1937) (uncredited)
 Music by Ralph Rainger
 Lyrics Leo Robin
 Sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
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Thanks for the Memory  (II) (1938) 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030853/
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0030853/reference
Bob Hope is an out of work writer who stays home
and plays house husband while his wife goes to work

Bob Hope   ...  Steve Merrick
Shirley Ross    ...  Anne Merrick

Thanks for the Memory
 Music by Ralph Rainger
 Lyrics by Leo Robin
 Sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross
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Bob Hope
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001362/

he made his first film appearance in The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)
singing "Thanks for the Memory," which became his signature tune
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanks_for_the_Memory



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I strongly second:
Bob Hope   ...  Thanks for the Memory
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Most Popular Documentaries/Feature Films/TV Episodes/Videos/TV Movies/TV Specials/TV Mini-Series/Video Games/Short Films
With Bob Hope And Bing Crosby
75 titles

https://www.imdb.com/search/title?roles=nm0001362,nm0001078&title_type=feature,tv_episode,video,...


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I uploaded the picture. Thanks!
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List updated. It broke my heart to remove Audrey Hepburn's picture but I read that "Moon River" became Andy Williams' signature song and even though Hepburn was the first to sing it, she didn't sing it as much as the other artists who covered it. 
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ElM,

Much as I'm also disappointed that you decided to remove Audrey Hepburn from your poll, I have to agree that "Moon River" is Andy Williams signature song, not Hepburn's.
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ElM,

By the way, since you removed Audrey Hepburn from your poll, this images is now the fifth choice. May I humbly suggest that you replace this choice:


... with one of the following, which crop better:

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hey elm...

well...a mighty fine can of worms opened on this one...well done...

i love the fact that so many 'perspectives' come out over answers to this poll...but your explanations have always proved insightful...

but as far as the bette question goes...too many people before bette did the song 'wind beneath my wings'...i will always associate it with other artists, including gary morris, who had a major hit with it prior to bette...

when bette recorded this for the film, it was during her phase when she was doing cover versions of alot of different songs, like another one of her hit singles, 'from a distance' which will always be associated with nanci griffith (also recorded by maura o'connell and others)...

and i do love bette...saw her in the early days...the 'clams on a half shell' show in new york...and she was great...but if there is one film song that is truly 'her' signature song, i believe it would have to be 'the rose'... 




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p.s...love the idea of 'hooray for captain spaulding'...easily in my top choices...

also maybe add 'jailhouse rock'...only elvis and elvis alone...a definite signature song...
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Well, rocky, I'm not questioning your opinion and I'd be more than inclined to replace "Wind" with "The Rose". There's just a point I'd like to discuss:

AFI listed "Wind Beneath the Wings" in the Top 100 most iconic songs and it was the version from "Beaches" which made me believe that maybe it was considered as the 'definite' version. After all, it was Dolly Parton who first sang "I Will Always Love You" yet it's considered as Whitney Houston's signature song thanks to the film's legacy. 

That said, if you say "The Rose" again, I'll take your word for it and add it.

As for Elvis, I have added "Love Me Tender" already, do you think "Jailhouse" is his real signature song?
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as far as elvis goes, yea...it's jailhouse rock...

as for bette, i understand your logic, just as i will always associate dolly parton's sweet subtle touching version of 'i will always love you'' over the ear-bleeding whitney houston 'performance'..but yea...as far as whitney goes...that is her signature song regardless...

with bette...it's a tough call...i would still say 'the rose'...most people would probably say 'wind'...(i'm rarely in line with the 'popular' choice anyway...)

to each their own...

love this poll elm...great job...
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Lol, what was I thinking for Elvis? Of course, Jailhouse Rock, this case is solved...

Now, how about Midler?

By the way, what would you consider Julie Andrews' signature song?
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i would say that julie andrews' signature song would have to be the title song from 'the sound of music'...("the hills are alive...")

and bette...you choose...i trust ya'...
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Live Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/IQjgg-64sS4/

It's also on the Home Page. :)
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Back to back for ElM, how r ya? :)
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Lol, I guess if it's gonna be "only" a summer phenomenon, it'll be good enough :)
That said, I'm glad such a poll could make it
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Yes, it’s a bit different, and the images look good.
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Whoever set up the poll got it  wrong -- There is no such song as "The Big Broadcast of 1938" in the film "The Big Broadcast of 1938."  The famous song from that  film is "Thanks for the Memories."  Whoever set up the poll absentmindedly just  typed in the film's title again instead of the song's  name.   Please fix this.
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And I should mention that "Thanks for the Memories" was performed by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, not Martha Raye.
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Just a typo I know. Sorry.
And that was the only picture I could upload... it does not establish Raye as a co-singer :) just like Stewart in the Doris Day option.
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This is pretty cool ! I like that poll much.I hope there will be a second part. :D
I wish I had more time, so I could have suggested some main theme songs, too. :)
Sorry for that. Now I'll pick my candidate.
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What about Dick van Dyke?

'Mary Popins': 'Chim-Chim-Cheree' - The chimney sweeper song
'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang': 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (song)

And a few dozen other songs, performed by Dick van Dyke. He is legendary!
... And still living ! :D
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I guess Satchmo would match with your rules?

"Hello, Dolly!" Louis Armstrong performs "Hello, Dolly!". One of his most known movie performances.
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It's for cases like this that this poll has been problematic to make, it was pending for many months before I could finish it because some performers had many signature songs, Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins, Sound of Music), Fred Astaire (Cheek to Cheek, The Way You Look Tonight, Puttin' on the Ritz), Louis Armstrong (Hello, Dolly, What a Wonderful World) etc.

Let me think about this, maybe what it says about polls is that having "another" option never hurts and can fill the gaps or anticipate the omissions.

Thanks for still working on this question :)
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I was just about to add "Top Hat", then looking at Ebert's review, I found: 

Astaire arrives late at the theater, just in time for his "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" dance number, which provided his signature song.

I guess the list has been going for so long any new inclusion wouldn't be given a fair chance anyway, this might call for a Part II :)
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THANKS FOR THE MEMORY in the Bob Hope option
It's fixed in the list version :)
Thanks for the.. correction in the poll page
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ElM, I re-pushed your poll. Next time, please make a re-push request.
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I know. I tried but I couldnt copypaste the links right from my mobile.
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It's okay. Sorry we didn't see the error before it went live.