April 1, 2009
San Fernando Valley: The Movie, The Song
San Fernando Valley was a 1944 movie filmed here and starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who had a home in the valley. The film included a song of the same name, written by Gordon Jenkins. Bing Crosby recorded the song, and it became a surprise top hit, possibly because of its appeal to returning GIs who were ready to start fresh lives, or possibly just because of Crosby's popularity. People from all over the country were flocking to South California. "I'm gonna settle down and never more roam. And make the San Fernando Valley my home." Nancy Sinatra resurrected the song in 2002 on her California Girl album.