“Muddy Water” – Big River
Music and Lyrics: Roger Miller
This song where Huck and Jim escape via raft is probably the most stirring number in this musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The classic film adaptation based on Twain’s novel and starring Mickey Rooney (which shares the same title as the novel) was released on this day in 1939. Incidentally, a different film musical version of the novel was released in 1974 with music by the Sherman brothers (of Disney’s The Jungle Book fame, among others).