"Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" : written in 1966 by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson,
the composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
The song became Diana Ross' first solo number-one hit (1970) and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
"Days of Wine & Roses" : written by Henry Mancini and by Johnny Mercer,
who received the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the 1962 movie of the same name.
The best-known recordings were by Billy Eckstine and Andy Williams.
Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Perry Como,
Robin Gibb and Tony Bennett are among other top artists who have also released recordings.
The phrase "days of wine and roses" is originally from the poem "Vitae Summa Brevis"
by the English writer Ernest Dowson (1867–1900) : .
"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream."
"… And the Fork ran away with the Spoon." : is from an English nursery rhyme,
the earliest recorded version printed around 1765 in London in "Mother Goose's Melody".
The rhyme itself may date back to at least the 1500s,
with further references suggesting a thousand or more years.
In early medieval illuminated manuscripts a cat playing a fiddle was a popular image.
‘Book of Hours’, France, Paris, 1480-1500, MS M.179 fol. 44v
Courtesy of Pierpont Morgan Library.