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“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true,” concludes the lyrics made famous by Walt Disney Entertainment as their corporate imagineering song.

“When You Wish Upon a Star,” the first of Disney’s Oscar-winning songs, originally premiered as overtures for the motion picture “Pinocchio.” It was voiced by Cliff Edwards, known as Ukulele Ike, who years earlier recorded the No. 1 hit “Singing in the Rain” and enjoyed considerable popularity in vaudeville, radio and television. Ironically, Edwards end-of-life scenario as an unclaimed pauper whose body was donated to UCLA for medical research scarcely affirms the song’s premise “that anything your heart desires will come to you.”

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