Question: What was the name of the song that Ed danced to at the prom? I thought it was "At Last," but I can't seem to find it. Thanks.
Televisionary: The titular Ed Stevens (Thomas Cavanagh) and dream-girl Carol Vessey (Julie Bowen) did indeed dance to the Etta James recording of "At Last" in the show's season finale. However, Ed is just the latest in a long line of shows and movies that have called on that tune to lend some emotional oomph to a moment.
Written by Mack Gordon
and Harry Warren
for the 1942 film Orchestra Wives
, the song was first recorded by singer Ray Eberle
and the Glenn Miller
Orchestra shortly before Miller was killed in a plane crash. But it's the James rendition, which first appeared as the title cut on her 1961 album, that's really caught fire, appearing in a Jaguar commercial and in such movies and TV shows as Pleasantville
, Rain Man
, Mad About You
and Northern Exposure
It's funny you asked about that song since I was just arguing with co-workers about my tolerance for a high corny quotient. One said "At Last" has been done to death, while another attacked Ed
in general for being manipulative and sappy. Me, I don't care. I love the song and as long as it's used well, that's fine by me. And I must admit that while Ed
initially had my "quirky" alarm set to sound, I really enjoy that show. It's well-written, Cavanagh and Bowen are perfect (and backed by a capable supporting cast) and I thought the finale was first rate. Now if only they've learned enough TV history to avoid letting those two ever get together. (Yeah, I know my inner mush-head is rooting for them, too, but my inner cynic knows the show's done if they hook up.)