Era Inducted To: Radio Era
Lyricist(s):Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer
Composer(s):Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer
Far Away Places is a lament by a would-be traveller who wants to go from reading about places to actually visiting them. Folklore has it that Alex Kramer was inspired to write the lyrics when he worked as a shipping clerk in Montreal, prior to moving to New York with his American wife and songwriting partner, Joan Whitney. Bing Crosby’s version of Far Away Places stayed at Number 1 on the charts for 19 weeks. The lyrics were heard later in such movies as The Right Stuff and Cat People and the song resurfaced in television commercials. Kramer and Whitney wrote more than 100 songs, many of which ended up as song sheet classics.
Cover Artists Include: Bing Crosby, the Ames Brothers, Guy Lombardo, Frank Sinatra, Kate Smith, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Roger Williams, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sam Cooke, Steve Lawrence, Willie Nelson, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Leon Russell