September 27, 1938: The NBC Red Network aired "Thanks for the Memory" on The Bob Hope Show for the first time on this day. "Thanks for the Memory" was a song written by Ralph Ringer and Leo Robin. It was performed by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross, and was used in the film The Big Broadcast of 1938, where it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song has also become Bob Hope's signature piece. Due to its extreme popularity, other well-known singers such as Bing Crosby , Ella Fitzgerald , Harry Nilsson , and Frank Sinatra made their own versions of the song.