ELLA FITZGERALD: THE SONGBOOKS


Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald brought her vocal skills toward the easy listening arena with her famous Songbook series, featuring the works of some of America's great songwriters.
THE COLE PORTER SONG BOOK
All songs written by Cole Porter.
All Through the Night From the 1934 show Anything Goes. Popular recordings in 1935 by Paul Whiteman, featuring Bob Lawrence [Victor 24770] and Harry Rosenthal, featuring Helen Ward [Columbia 2986].
Anything Goes Sung by Ethel Merman in the 1934 show Anything Goes. Popular recordings in 1935 by Paul Whiteman, featuring Ramona Davies [Victor 24770] and the Dorsey Brothers [Decca 318].
Miss Otis Regrets (She's Unable to Lunch Today) From the 1934 London musical Hi Diddle Diddle, recorded by Ethel Waters [Decca 140].
Too Darn Hot From the 1949 Broadway show Kiss Me, Kate, sung by Lorenzo Fuller, Fred Davis and Eddie Sledge.
In the Still of the Night Sung by Nelson Eddy in the 1938 film Rosalie, with popular recordings by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Jack Leonard [Victor 25663] and Leo Reisman, featuring Lee Sullivan [Brunswick 7985].
I Get a Kick Out of You From 1934 Broadway show Anything Goes, sung by Ethel Merman and Williams Gaxton. Pop hit in 1935 for Paul Whiteman, feat. Ramona Davies [Victor 24769], and also for Ethel Merman [Brunswick 7342] and Leo Reisman, feat. Sally Singer [Brunswick 7332]. (also by Sinatra, '54 - see above)
Do I Love You? Sung by Ethel Merman and Ronald Graham in the 1939 Broadway show DuBarry Was a Lady, and by Gene Kelly in the 1943 film. Recorded by Leo Reisman, featuring Lee Sullivan [Victor 26421].
(I'm) Always True to You In My Fashion From the 1949 Broadway show Kiss Me, Kate, sung by Lisa Kirk.
Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) Sung by Irene Bordoni in the 1928 show Paris, with 1929 hits by Irving Aaronson [Victor 21745], Paul Whiteman, featuring Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord and Austin Young [Columbia 1701], the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, featuring Bing Crosby [Okeh 41181], and Rudy Vallee [Harmony 808-H]
Just One of Those Things From the 1935 Broadway show Jubilee, sung by June Knight and Charles Walters. Charted for Richard Himber, featuring Stuart Allen ['35, Victor 25161] and Peggy Lee ['52, Decca 28313] (also by Sinatra, '54 - see above)
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Sung in the 1945 revue Seven Lively Arts by Nan Wynn and Jere McMahon. Recorded by Benny Goodman, featuring Peggy Mann [Columbia 36767].
All Of You Song by Don Ameche in the 1954 Broadway show Silk Stockings.
Begin the Beguine Sung by June Knight in the 1935 musical Jubilee, recorded by Xavier Cugat featuring Dan Reid [’35, Victor 25133]. It is best known in its version by Artie Shaw [’38, Bluebird 7746]. It has also been recorded by Tony Martin [’39, Decca 2375], Eddie Heywood [‘44, Commodore 1514 and ‘45, Decca 23398], Frank Sinatra [‘46, Decca 37064], and the Ravens [‘52, Mercury 5800].
Get Out of Town Sung by Tamara in the 1939 Broadway show Leave It To Me, with recordings by the Eddy Duchin Orchestra [Brunswick 8252] and Frances Langford [Decca 2229].
From This Moment On Written for the 1950 Broadway flop Out of This World, and recorded by the Mary Lou Williams Trio in 1951 on their self-titled Atlantic LP [114]. Sung in the 1953 film version of Kiss Me, Kate by Ann Miller and Tommy Rall. (also by Sinatra, '57 - see above)
I Love Paris Sung in the 1953 Broadway musical Can Can by Lilo, recorded by Les Baxter [Capitol 2479].
You Do Something To Me Sung by William Gaxton in the 1929 Broadway musical Fifty Million Frenchmen. Popular 1930 recording by Leo Reisman, featuring Frank Luther [Victor 22244]. (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
Ridin' High Sung by Ethel Merman in the 1936 Broadway show Red, Hot and Blue!
Easy to Love From the 1936 film Born to Dance, sung by Jimmy Stewart and then by Frances Langford [Decca 940], with other recordings by Ray Noble, featuring Al Bowlly [Victor 25422] and Shep Fields, featuring Dick Robertson [Bluebird 6592].
It's All Right With Me Sung in the 1953 Broadway musical Can Can by Peter Cookson.
Why Can't You Behave? From the 1949 Broadway show Kiss Me, Kate, sung by Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang.
What Is This Thing Called Love? From the 1930 Broadway show Wake Up and Dream, sung by Frances Shelley. Popular recordings by Leo Reisman, featuring Lew Conrad [Victor 22282], Libby Holman [Brunswick 4700], Ben Bernie [Brunswick 4708], and Fred Rich [Columbia 2099]. Revived by Artie Shaw ['39, Bluebird 10001], Tommy Dorsey, featuring Connie Haines ['42, Victor 27782], and Les Paul ['48, Capitol 15070].
You're the Top Sung by Ethel Merman and William Gaxton in the 1934 Broadway show Anything Goes. Recordings by Paul Whiteman [Victor 24769], Ethel Merman [Brunswick 7342], Cole Porter [Victor 24766] and the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, featuring Ray McKinley [Decca 319].
Love For Sale Sung by Kathryn Crawford in the 1931 show The New Yorkers, with recordings by Libby Holman [Brunswick 6044], Waring's Pennsylvanians [Victor 22598] and later by Hal Kemp ['39, Victor 26278].
It's De-lovely Sung by Bob Hope and Ethel Merman in the 1936 Broadway show Red, Hot and Blue! Popular recordings by Eddy Duchin, featuring Jerry Cooper [Victor 25432], Leo Reisman, featuring Sally Singer [Brunswick 7753], Shep Fields [Bluebird 6639], and Will Osborne [Decca 1058].
Night and Day Sung by Fred Astaire and Claire Luce in the 1932 Broadway show Gay Divorce, a 1933 hit for Fred Astaire with the Leo Reisman Orchestra [Victor 24193] and the Eddy Duchin Orchestra [Brunswick 6445]. Later recordings were by Charlie Barnet ['40, Bluebird 10888], Frank Sinatra ['42, Bluebird 11463] and Bing Crosby ['46, Decca 18887]. (Crosby had popularized it on radio in 1933, according to Gardner; Sinatra's 1956 recording was originally released on the 1963 compilation Tell Her You Love Her [Capitol 1919] and added as an opening bonus track to the CD version of A Swingin' Affair; he recorded it again for Reprise ['62, Sinatra & Strings, Reprise 1004])
Ace in the Hole Sung in the 1941 Broadway musical Let's Face It, by Nanette Fabray, Mary Jane Walsh and Sunny O'Dea.
So In Love Sung by Alfred Drake in the 1949 Broadway show Kiss Me, Kate, with popular recordings by Patti Page [Mercury 5230], Gordon MacRae [Capitol 15357] and Dinah Shore [Columbia 28299].
I've Got You Under My Skin Sung by Virginia Bruce in the 1936 film Born to Dance; Frances Langford, who also starred in the film, recorded it with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra [Decca 939]. Hit versions were recorded by Ray Noble [Victor 25422] and Hal Kemp [Brunswick 7745]. Stan Freberg did a parody [‘51, Capitol 1711]. It was also a hit for the Four Seasons ['65, Philips 40393]. (also by Sinatra, '56 - see above)
I Concentrate on You From the 1940 film Broadway Melody of 1940, sung by Douglas McPhail. Popular recordings by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Anita Boyer [Victor 26470] and Eddy Duchin, featuring Stanley Worth [Columbia 35369]. (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
Don't Fence Me In Sung by Roy Rogers in the 1945 film Hollywood Canteen, and a pop hit for Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters [Decca 23364], Sammy Kaye, featuring Billy Williams [Victor 20-1610], Kate Smith [Columbia 36759] and Horace Heidt, featuring Gene Walsh [Columbia 36761].
THE RODGERS AND HART SONG BOOK
All songs by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart.
Have You Met Miss Jones? From the 1937 Broadway musical I'd Rather Be Right, sung by Joy Hodges and Austin Marshall.
You Took Advantage of Me Sung by Busby Berkeley and Joyce Barbour in the 1928 Broadway show Present Arms; popularized on radio by Morton Downey, recorded by Paul Whiteman [Victor 21398].
A Ship Without a Sail Sung by Jack Whiting in the 1929 Broadway musical Heads Up!
To Keep My Love Alive From the 1927 Broadway show Connecticut Yankee.
Dancing on the Ceiling (He Dances On My Ceiling) From the 1932 British show Ever Green by Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale. Popular for British bandleader Jack Hylton, featuring Pat O'Malley [Victor 11912], with other recordings by Smith Ballew [Banner 32368] and Ben Selvin, featuring Chester Gaylord [Columbia 2618-D]. (also by Sinatra, '55 - see above)
The Lady Is a Tramp Sung by Mitzi Green in the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms. Recorded by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Edythe Wright [Victor 25673], Bernie Cummins, featuring Connie Barleau [Vocalion 3714], Joe Rines, featuring Bebe Best [Brunswick 7967] and Sophie Tucker [Decca 1472]. Sung by Sinatra in the 1957 film version of Pal Joey [soundtrack on Columbia 912] (added as a bonus track to the CD version of A Swingin' Affair).
With a Song In My Heart Sung in the 1929 Broadway show Spring Is Here by Lillian Taiz and John Hundley. Popular recordings by Leo Reisman, featuring Ran Weeks [Victor 21923] and James Melton [Columbia 1853-D].
Manhattan Sung by Sterling Holloway and June Cochrane in the 1925 show Garrick Gaieties. Popular recordings by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra [Victor 19769] and the Ben Selvin Orchestra, as the Knickerbockers [Columbia 422-D].
Johnny One Note Sung by Wynn Murray in the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms. Recordings by Hal Kemp, featuring Skinnay Ennis [Brunswick 7856] and Victor Young [Decca 1280].
I Wish I Were In Love Again From the 1937 Broadway musical Babes in Arms, sung by Grace McDonald and Rolly Pickert. Also sung in the 1948 film Words and Music by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. (also by Sinatra, '57 - see above)
Spring Is Here From the 1938 Broadway show I Married and Angel, sung by Dennis King and Vivienne Segal. There were popular recordings by Leo Reisman, featuring Felix Knight [Victor 25842] and Buddy Clark [Vocalion 4191]. (also by Sinatra, '58 - see above)
It Never Entered My Mind Sung by Shirley Ross in the 1940 musical Higher and Higher. Frank Sinatra's 1947 recording was released in 1949 [Columbia 38475].
This Can't Be Love Sung by Marcy Westcott and Eddie Albert in the 1938 Broadway show The Boys from Syracuse. Popular recordings in 1939 by Benny Goodman, featuring Martha Tilton [Victor 26099] and Horace Heidt, featuring Larry Cotton [Brunswick 8257].
Thou Swell Sung by William Gaxton and Constance Carpenter in the 1927 Broadway musical A Connecticut Yankee. Popular recordings by the Ben Selvin Orchestra, as the Broadway Nite Lites, featuring Franklyn Baur [Columbia 1187-D] and Johnny Johnson [Victor 21113].
My Romance From the 1935 Broadway musical Billy Rose's Jumbo, sung by Donald Novis and Gloria Grafton, who recorded it as featured vocalists with Paul Whiteman [Victor 25269].
Where Or When Sung by Mitzi Greene and Ray Heatherton in the 1937 show Babes in Arms, a hit for Hal Kemp [‘37, Brunswick 7865], Shep Fields [‘37, Bluebird 6895], Lena Horne [’41, Victor 27818], Guy Lombardo [‘43, Decca 18548] and Frank Sinatra [‘45, Columbia] and, in the rock era, Dion & the Belmonts ['60, Laurie 3044]
Little Girl Blue From the 1934-35 Broadway show Billy Rose's Jumbo, by Gloria Grafton. Charted briefly for Margaret Whiting ['47, Capitol 20116]. (also by Sinatra, '57 - see above)
Give It Back to the Indians Sung in the 1939 Broadway musical Too Many Girls by Mary Jane Walsh.
Ten Cents a Dance Sung by Ruth Etting [Columbia 2146-D] in the 1930 Broadway show Simple Simon, and also recorded by the High Hatters, featuring Welcome Lewis [Victor 22353].
There's a Small Hotel Sung by Ray Bolger in the 1936 Broadway show On Your Toes. Recordings by Paul Whiteman, featuring Durelle Alexander [Victor 25270] and Hal Kemp, featuring Maxine Grey [Brunswick 7634].
I Didn't Know What Time It Was Sung in the 1939 Broadway musical Too Many Girls by Marcy Westcott and Richard Kollmar, recorded by Benny Goodman, featuring Louise Tobin [Columbia 35230] and Jimmy Dorsey, featuring Bob Eberly [Decca 2813].
Ev'rything I've Got Sung by Ray Bolger and Benay Venuta in the 1942 Broadway musical By Jupiter.
I Could Write a Book Sung by Gene Kelly and Leila Ernst in the 1940-41 musical Pal Joey. Recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1952 [Columbia 39652] and in the 1957 film version of Pal Joey [soundtrack on Columbia 912].
The Blue Room From the 1926 Broadway show The Girl Friend, sung by Eva Puck and Sammy White, with popular recordings by the Revelers [Victor 20082], the Melody Sheiks, led by Sam Lanin [Okeh 40603], the Arden-Ohman Orchestra [Brunswick 3197].
My Funny Valentine From 1937 Broadway show Babes In Arms, sung by Mitzi Green, and by Judy Garland and by Mickey Rooney in the 1939 film version. Minor hit for Hal McIntyre, vocal by Ruth Gaylor ['46, Bluebird 0837] (also by Sinatra, '56 - see above)
Bewitched Sung by Vivienne Segal in the 1940-41 musical Pal Joey, recorded by Leo Reisman, featuring Anita Boyer [Victor 27344]. A 1950 hit in many versions: the Bill Snyder Orchestra [Tower 1473], Gordon Jenkins, featuring Mary Lou Williams [Decca 24983], Jan August and Jerry Murad's Harmonicats [Mercury 5399], Mel Tormé [Capitol 1000], Doris Day [Columbia 38698], Larry Green [RCA Victor 3726] and Roy Ross [Coral 60182], and recorded by Vivienne Segal on the 1950 studio cast recording of the show, released in 1951 [Columbia LP 4364] Sung by Rita Hayworth in the 1957 film Pal Joey [soundtrack on Columbia 912].
Mountain Greenery Sung by Sterling Holloway and Bobbie Perkins in the 1925 show Garrick Gaieties. Popular recording by Roger Wolfe Kahn [Victor 20071].
Wait Till You See Her Sung by Ronnie Graham in the 1942 Broadway musical By Jupiter.
Lover Sung by Jeanette McDonald in the 1932 film Love Me Tonight, a 1933 hit for Paul Whiteman, featuring Jack Fulton [Victor 24283], the Guy Lombardo Orchestra [Brunswick 6535] and Greta Keller [Brunswick 6544]. It was revived in 1948 by Les Paul [Capitol 15037] and in 1952 by Peggy Lee [Decca 28215]. (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
Isn't It Romantic Sung in the 1932 film Love Me Tonight, by Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Bert Roach, Rolf Sedan and Tyler Brook. Recorded by Harold Stern [Columbia 2718].
Here In My Arms Sung by Helen Ford and Charles Purcell in the 1925 Broadway show Dearest Enemy. Recorded in 1926 by Leo Reisman [Columbia 573] and Jack Shilkret [Victor 19868].
Blue Moon A hit in 1935 for Glen Gray, featuring Kenny Sargent [1/35, Decca 312], Benny Goodman, featuring Helen Ward [2/35, Columbia 3003-D], Al Bowlly with the Ray Noble Orchestra [3/35, Victor 24812], with other recorded versions by Frankie Trumbauer [1/35, Victor 24812], Connee Boswell [1/35, Brunswick 7363], Coleman Hawkins [3/35, in Paris, HMV K7455]) and Frank Parker [2/35, Columbia 1996-D]. It experienced a revival in 1949 by Billy Eckstine [3/49,MGM 10311] and Mel Tormé [4/49, Capitol 15428], due to its inclusion in the tribute film to Rodgers and Hart, Words and Music. It was recorded by Elvis for Sun Records in 1954 [LPM 1254} and became a big pop hit in doo-wop version by the Marcels ['61, Colpix 186]. (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
My Heart Stood Still Sung by William Gaxton and Constance Carpenter in the 1927 Broadway musical A Connecticut Yankee. Popular recordings by George Olsen [Victor 21034], the Ben Selvin Orchestra as the Broadway Nite Lites, featuring Franklyn Baur [Columbia 1187-D], James Melton [Columbia 1294-D] and Paul Whiteman, featuring Al Rinker, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord and Austin Young [Victor 35883].
I've Got Five Dollars Sung in the 1931 Broadway show America's Sweetheart by Jack Whiting and Ann Sothern. Recorded by the Arden-Ohman Orchestra, featuring Frank Luther [Victor 22627], Emil Coleman [Brunswick 6036] and Ben Pollack [Perfect 15431].
THE DUKE ELLINGTON SONG BOOK
First listed versions are by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.
Rockin' in Rhythm (Carney, Ellington, Mills) 1931, Brunswick 6038, Okeh 8869.
Drop Me Off in Harlem (Ellington, Kenny, Kenny) 1933, Brunswick 6527.
Day Dream (Strayhorn, La Touche) 1940, Johnny Hodges, Bluebird B11021.
Caravan (Ellington, Tizol, Mills) 1937, Master 131. Also 1945, RCA Victor 20-3291.
Take the "A" Train (Strayhorn) 1941, Victor 27380. Also 1952, Columbia CL830, featuring Betty Roche.
I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues (Ellington, George) 1944, RCA Victor 20-1623, featuring Al Hibbler and Kay Davis.
Clementine (Strayhorn) 1941, Victor 27700.
I Didn't Know About You (Ellington, Russell) 1944, RCA Victor 20-1623, featuring Joya Sherrill.
I'm Beginning to See the Light (Ellington, George, Hodges, James) 1945, Victor 1918, featuring Joya Sherrill.
Lost in Meditation (Ellington, Singer, Mills) Johnny Hodges, 1938, Vocalion 4242, featuring Mary McHugh.
Perdido (Tizol, Lengsfelder, Drake) 1943, Victor 27880 (rec. 1942). Also 1952, Columbia CL830.
Cotton Tail (Ellington) 1940, Victor 26610.
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Ellington, Russell) 1940, Victor 26598, as 'Concerto For Cootie'; re-released 1944 on Victor 1547. Also 1947, Columbia 38363, featuring Al Hibbler.
Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (Ellington, Strayhorn, Gaines) 1941, Victor 27587.
Solitude (Ellington, De Lange, Mills) 1934, Brunswick 6987. Also 1945, Victor 27-0055, featuring Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis and Marie Ellington.
Rocks In My Bed (Ellington) 1941, Victor 27639, featuring Ivie Anderson. From the West Coast revue Jump For Joy.
Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn) 1953, Capitol 2458.
Sophisticated Lady (Ellington, Mills, Parish) 1933, Brunswick 6600. Also Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra [Brunswick 6600] and the Don Redman Orchestra [Columbia 6560-D]. Also 1945, Victor 45-0002.
Just Squeeze Me (Ellington, ,Gaines) 1946, Victor 20-1992, featuring Ray Nance.
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Ellington, Mills) 1932, Brunswick 6265, featuring Ivie Anderson. Also the Mills Brothers [Brunswick 6377] and the Boswell Sisters [Brunswick 6442]. 1945 on Victor 27-0054, featuring Marie Ellington, Joya Sherrill and Kay Davis.
Azure (Ellington, Mills) 1937. Master 131.
I Let a Song Go Out Of My Heart (Ellington, Mills, Nemo, Redmond) 1938, Brunswick 8108. Also Benny Goodman, featuring Martha Tilton [Victor 25840], Connie Boswell [Decca 1896] and Mildred Bailey [Vocalion 4083]. Also 1945, Victor LPT 1004, featuring Joya Sherrill.
In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Kurtz, Mills) 1935, Brunswick 7461, and 1945, Victor 20-3291.
Don't Get Around Much Any More (Ellington, Russell) 1940, Victor 26610. as 'Never No Lament'. 1943 recordings by the Ink Spots [Decca 18503] and Glen Gray, featuring Kenny Sargent [Decca 18479]. Also 1947, Columbia 38464, featuring Al Hibbler.
Prelude To a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills) 1938. Brunswick 8204, and Johnny Hodges, Vocalion/Okeh 4386. Also 1945, RCA Victor LPT1004.
Mood Indigo (Bigard, Ellington, Mills) 1931, Victor 22587, Okeh 8840, Brunswick 4952. Also the Clyde McCoy Orchestra [Columbia 2531-D] and Lee Morse [Columbia 2530-D]
In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler) 1940, Victor 26788.
Love You Madly (Ellington) 1950, Columbia 39110, featuring Yvonne Lanauze.
Lush Life (Strayhorn) Published in 1938, this seems to have been first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1949 [Capitol F/57-606].
Squatty Roo (Hodges) 1941, Johnny Hodges, Bluebird BB11447.
I'm Just a Lucky So and So (Ellington, David) 1945, Victor 20-1799, featuring Al Hibbler.
All Too Soon (Ellington, Sigman) 1940, Victor 27247.
Everything But You (Ellington, James, George) 1945, RCA Victor 20-1697, featuring Joya Sherrill.
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Ellington, Webster) 1941, Victor 27531, featuring Ivie Anderson. From the West Coast revue Jump For Joy. Also by Benny Goodman, featuring Peggy Lee [Columbia 36421].
Bli-Blip (Ellington, Kuller) 1941, Victor 27639, featuring Ray Nance. From the West Coast revue Jump For Joy.
Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn) 1941, Victor 27740.
The E and D Blues (E for Ella, D for Duke) (Ellington, Sanders, Strayhorn) Seems to have been written for this project.
THE IRVING BERLIN SONGBOOK
All songs by Irving Berlin
Let's Face the Music and Dance Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7608] in the 1936 film Follow the Fleet. Also recorded by Ted Fio Rito, featuring Stanley Hickman [Decca 697] and Ray Noble, featuring Al Bowlly [Victor 25241].
You're Laughing At Me Sung by Dick Powell [Decca 1150] in the 1937 film On the Avenue. Also recorded by Wayne King [Victor 25506] and Fats Waller [Victor 25530].
Let Yourself Go Sung by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1936 film Follow the Fleet. Recorded by Fred Astaire with the Johnny Green Orchestra [Brunswick 7608], the Boswell Sisters [Decca 709] and Ray Noble, featuring Al Bowlly [Victor 25241].
You Can Have Him, I Don't Want Him From the 1949 Broadway show Miss Liberty, sung by Mary McCarthy. Recorded as a duet by Doris Day and Dinah Shore [Columbia I-25?]
Russian Lullaby A 1927 hit for Roger Wolfe Kahn, featuring Henry garden [ictor 20602], the Revelers as the Singing Sophomores [Columbia 985-D], Franklyn Baur [Victor 20611], Jesse Crawford [Victor 20791], Ernie Golden, featuring Vaughn DeLeath [Brunswick 3530] and Sascha Jacobsen [Columbia 133-M]. Later recorded by Bunny Berigan [Victor 26001].
Puttin' On the Ritz Title song to a 1930 film, sung by Harry Richman [Brunswick 4677], with other recordings by Leo Reisman, featuring Lew Conrad [Victor 22306] and Earl Burtnett [Brunswick 4679].
Get Thee Behind Me Satan Sung by Harriet Hilliard in the 1936 film Follow the Fleet.
Alexander's Ragtime Band A 1911 song sung on stage by its writer, Irving Berlin, and by Emma Carus. Other popular recordings throughout the years include those of Collins and Harlan [Zono 5766, Columbia A-1032, Victor 16908], Billy Murray [on cylinders], Prince's Orchestra ['12,Columbia 1126], the Victor Military Band ['12, Victor 17006], Bessie Smith ['27, Columbia 14219], the Boswell Sisters ['35, Brunswick 7412, reissued '38, Vocalion 4239], Louis Armstrong ['37, Decca 1408], Bing Crosby and Connee Boswell ['38, Decca 1887], Ray Noble ['38, Brunswick 8180], and Bing Crosby and Al Jolson ['47, Decca 40038]. It was sung by Alice Faye in the 1938 film of the same name.
Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1935 film Top Hat. Recorded by Fred Astaire with the Johnny Green Orchestra [Brunswick 7487], Ray Noble, featuring Al Bowlly [Victor 25094] and the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra [Decca 516].
How About Me? A 1928 song by Waring's Pennsylvanians, featuring Clare Hanlon [Victor 21792] and Morton Downey [Victor 21806].
Cheek to Cheek From the 1935 film Top Hat, sung by Fred Astaire. A hit for Astaire with the Leo Reisman Orchestra [Brunswick 7486], with other popular versions by Eddy Duchin, featuring Lew Sherwood [Victor 25093], Guy Lombardo [Decca 549], the Boswell Sisters [Decca 574] and Phil Ohman [Columbia 3077]. (also by Sinatra, '59 - see above)
I Used to Be Color Blind Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 8189] in the 1938 film Carefree.
Lazy A 1924 hit, sung in vaudeville by Blossom Seeley [Columbia 114-D] and the Brox Sisters [Victor 19298], recorded also by Paul Whiteman [Victor 19299] and Al Jolson [Brunswick 2595].
How Deep Is the Ocean A 1932 hit for Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Brunswick 6399], Paul Whiteman, featuring Jack Fulton [Victor 24141], Rudy Vallee [Columbia 2724-D], Ethel Merman [Victor 24146] and Bing Crosby [Brunswick 6406], who sang it on radio. Revived in 1945 by Benny Goodman, featuring Peggy Lee [Columbia 36754] and Paul Weston, featuring Margaret Whiting [Capitol 214]. (also by Sinatra, '60 - see above)
All By Myself A 1921 hit, sung in vaudeville by Charles King, recorded by Ted Lewis [Columbia A-3434], Aileen Stanley [Victor 18774], Frank Crumit [Columbia A-3415], Bennie Krueger [Brunswick 2130], Vaughn DeLeath [Okeh 4355] and Ben Selvin, featuring Ernest Hare [Arto 9067].
Remember A 1925 hit, sung in vaudeville by Belle Baker, recorded by Henry Burr [Victor 19780], Paul Whiteman, featuring Elliot Shaw [Victor 19726], Isham Jones [Brunswick 2963], Lewis James [Columbia 451-D], Jean Goldkette, featuring Seymour Simons [Victor 19548] and Cliff Edwards [Pathe 025163 and Perfect 11611].
Suppertime Sung by Ethel Waters in the 1933 revue As Thousands Cheer.
How's Chances? Sung by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb in the 1933 revue As Thousands Cheer.
Heat Wave Sung by Ethel Waters [Columbia 2826-D] in the 1933 revue As Thousands Cheer. Recorded also by Glen Gray, featuring Mildred Bailey [Brunswick 6679] and Meyer Davis, featuring Charlotte Murray [Columbia 2821-D].
Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain) Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1935 film Top Hat. Recorded by Fred Astaire with the Johnny Green Orchestra [Brunswick 7487], Eddy Duchin, featuring Lew Sherwood [Victor 25093] and Phil Ohman [Columbia 3076-D].
You Keep Coming Back Like a Song Published in 1943, sung by Bing Crosby [Decca 23647] in the 1946 film Blue Skies, with other popular recordings by Dinah Shore [Columbia 37072], Jo Stafford [Capitol 297] and Dennis Day [RCA Victor 20-1947].
Reaching For the Moon A 1926 song sung on stage by Belle Brooks, recorded by Ben Bernie, featuring Paul Hagan [Brunswick 3170] and the Goodrich-Silvertown Orchestra, featuring the Silver Masked Tenor, Joseph White [Victor 20016].
Slumming on Park Avenue Sung by Alice Faye [Brunswick 7825] in the 1937 film On the Avenue. Other recordings by Ray Noble, featuring the Merry Macs [Victor 25507], Jimmie Lunceford [Decca 1128], Red Norvo, featuring Mildred Bailey [Brunswick 7813] and Fletcher Henderson, featuring Jerry Blake [Vocalion 3485].
The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On) A 1928 song sung on stage by Al Jolson, with popular recordings by 'Whispering' Jack Smith [Victor 21028], Ruth Etting [Columbia 1196-D] and George Olsen [Victor 21040]. Revived in 1948 by Nellie Lutcher [Capitol Am. 40063].
I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7609] in the 1936 film Follow the Fleet. Also recorded by Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Victor 25242] and Jan Garber, featuring Fritz Heilbron [Decca 699].
Now It Can Be Told Sung by Alice Faye in the 1938 film Alexander's Ragtime Band. Popular recordings by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Jack Leonard [Victor 25856], Bing Crosby [Decca 1888] and Tony Martin with the Ray Noble Orchestra [Brunswick 8153].
Always A major hit in 1926, with versions by Henry Burr [Victor 19959], George Olsen [ Victor 19955], Vincent Lopez [Okeh 40567], Nick Lucas [Brunswick 3088], and Lewis James [Columbia 564]. It was revived in the 1944 film Christmas Holiday, sung by Deanna Durbin, with hit recordings by Sammy Kaye, featuring Tony Alamo [Victor 20-1610], Guy Lombardo featuring Stuart Foster [Decca 81634], Gordon Jenkins featuring Dennis Day [Capitol 125] and Paul Lavalle [Musicraft 297]. It has also been recorded by the Ink Spots [‘47, Decca 24140], Ravens [‘48, National 9064], and Sammy Turner [‘59, Big Top 3029] (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
It's a Lovely Day Today Sung by Russell Nype and Galina Talva in the 1950 Broadway musical Call Me Madam, recorded by Doris Day [Columbia 39055].
Change Partners Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 8189] in the 1938 film Carefree.
Other popular recordings by Jimmy Dorsey, featuring Bob Eberle [Decca 2002], Ozzie Nelson [Bluebird 7734], Larry Clinton, featuring Dick Todd [Victor 26010], and Lawrence Welk, featuring Lois Best [Vocalion 4270].
No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1935 film Top Hat. Recorded by Fred Astaire with the Leo Reisman Orchestra [Brunswick 7486] and the Dorsey Brothers [Decca 516].
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Sung in the 1937 film On the Avenue, by Dick Powell [Decca 1149] and by Alice Faye [Brunswick 7821]. Other recordings by Ray Noble, featuring Howard Phillips [Victor 25507], Billie Holiday [Vocalion 3431], Geln Gray, featuring Kenny Sargent [Decca 1126]and Red Norvo, featuring Mildred Bailey [Brunswick 7813]. Revived in 1949 by Les Brown [Columbia 38324, rec. '46], the Mills Brothers [Decca 24550], Art Lund [MGM 10348] and the Starlighters [Capitol 15330].
Blue Skies Sung by Belle Baker in the 1927 Broadway show Betsy, and by Al Jolson in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer. Other 1927 recordings by George Olsen [Victor 20455], the Ben Selvin Orchestra, as the Knickerbockers, featuring Charles Kaley [Columbia 860-D], Vaughn DeLeath [Okeh 40750 and Edison 51498], Vincent Lopez, featuring Frank Munn [Brunswick 3425], Johnny Marvin and Ed Smalle [Victor 20457], and Harry Richman [Vocalion 15511]. Revived briefly by Johnny Long, featuring Bob Houston ['41, Decca 3823], and then sung by Bing Crosby [Decca 23646] in the 1946 film Blue Skies, with other recordings by Count Basie, featuring Jimmy Rushing [Columbia 37070] and Benny Goodman, featuring Art Lund [Columbia 37053].
THE GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN SONGBOOK
All songs by George and Ira Gershwin
Sam and Delilah Sung by Ethel Merman in the 1930 Broadway musical Girl Crazy, and by Judy Garland in the 1943 film.
But Not For Me Sung by Ginger Rogers and by Willie Howard in the 1930 Broadway musical Girl Crazy, and by Judy Garland in the 1943 film, and recorded by Harry James, featuring Helen Forrest ['42, Columbia 36599]. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300].
My One and Only Sung by Fred Astaire, Gertrude mcDonald and Betty Compton in the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300].
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7857] and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance, with other popular recordings by Shep Fields, featuring Bob Goday [Bluebird 6878] and Eddy Duchin, featuring Jerry Cooper [Victor 25569].
(I've Got) Beginner's Luck Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7855] in the 1937 film Shall We Dance.
Oh, Lady Be Good Sung by Walter Catlett in the 1925 Broadway shoe Lady Be Good, and recorded by Paul Whiteman [Victor 19551], Cliff Edwards [Pathe 25130] and Carl Fenton [Brunswick 2790].
Nice Work If You Can Get It From the 1937 film Damsel In Distress, sung by Fred Astaire, a pop hit for him in 1938 [Brunswick 7983]. Other charting versions were by Shep Fields, featuring Bob Goday [Bluebird 7195], Teddy Wilson, featuring Billie Holiday [Brunswick 8015], Maxine Sullivan [Vocalion 3848], the Andrews Sisters [Decca 1562], and Tommy Dorsey, featuring Edythe Wright [Victor 25695]. Also recorded by Ella in 1954 for the Decca LP Songs in a Mellow Mood [DL8068]. (also by Sinatra, '57 - see above)
Things Are Looking Up From the 1937 film Damsel In Distress, sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7982].
Just Another Rhumba A 1937 song possibly meant for the 1937 film Damsel In Distress and rehearsed for the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies, but not included in either.
How Long Has This Been Going On? Sung by Bobbe Arnst in the 1928 Broadway musical Rosalie. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300].
'S Wonderful Sung by Allen Kearns and Adele Astaire in the 1927 Broadway show Funny Face, recorded in 1928 by Frank Crumit [Victor 21029], the Ipana Troubadours, featuring Scrappy Lambert [Columbia 1213-D] and the Arden-Ohman Orchestra, featuring Johnny Marvin [Victor 21114].
The Man I Love A 1928 standard sung on stage by Helen Morgan and by Sophie Tucker, with recordings by Marion Harris [Victor 21116], Vaughn DeLeath [Brunswick 3748], Paul Whiteman, featuring Vaughn DeLeath [Columbia 50058] and Fred Rich, also featuring Vaughn DeLeath [Columbia 1241]. Revived in 1937 by the Benny Goodman Trio [Victor 25644].
That Certain Feeling Sung by Allen Kearns and Queenie Smith in the 1926 Broadway show Tip-Toes, with recordings by Paul Whiteman [Victor 19920] and the Arden-Ohman Orchestra [Brunswick 3035].
By Strauss Sung by Gracie Barrie and Robert Shafter in the 1936 Broadway revue The Show Is On, and in the 1951 film An American in Paris by Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant and Georges Guetary.
Someone to Watch Over Me Sung by Gertrude Lawrence [Victor 20331] in the 1927 Broadway show Oh, Kay!, and also recorded by George Olsen [Victor 20392] and by George Gershwin himself as a piano solo [Columbia 812-D]. Recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1945 [Columbia 36921]. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300].
The Real American Folk Song A 1918 song introduced by Nora Bayes in the Broadway show Ladies First.
Who Cares? Sung by Williams Gaxton and Lois Moran in the 1931 Broadway musical Of Thee I Sing.
Looking For a Boy Sung by Queenie Smith in the 1925 musical Tip-Toes. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300].
They All Laughed Sung by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7856] and Ginger Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance, with other recordings by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Edythe Wright [Victor 25544] and Ozzie Nelson [Bluebird 6873].
My Cousin In Milwaukee Sung by Lyda Roberti in the 1933 Broadway musical Pardon My English.
Somebody From Somewhere Sung by Janet Gaynor in the 1931 film Delicious.
A Foggy Day From 1937 film Damsel In Distress, sung by Fred Astaire. Pop hit for Astaire [Brunswick 7982]; other version by Bob Crosby, feat. Kay Weber [Decca 1539] and Shep Fields, feat. Bob Goday [Bluebird 7195]. (also by Sinatra, '54 - see above)
Clap Yo' Hands Sung by Harland Dixon in the 1926 Broadway show Oh, Kay! Recorded in 1927 by Roger Wolfe Kahn [Victor 20327], "Whispering" Jack Smith [Victor 20372] and as a piano solo by George Gershwin [Columbia 809-D].
For You, For Me, For Evermore Sung by Dick Haymes and Betty Grable in the 1947 film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim. Recordings by Dick Haymes and Judy Garland [Decca 23687], Mel Tormé with the Artie Shaw Orchestra [Musicraft 412] and Margaret Whiting [Capitol 294].
Stiff Upper Lip From the 1937 film Damsel In Distress, sung by Gracie Allen.
Boy Wanted From the 1921 musical A Dangerous Maid.
Strike Up the Band Sung by Jim Townshend and Jerry Goff in the 1930 Broadway show of the same name. Popular recordings by Red Nichols [Brunswick 4695] and the Arden-Ohman Orchestra [Victor 22308].
Soon Sung by Bing Crosby [Decca 392] in the 1935 film Mississippi, with other recordings by Ray Noble, featuring Al Bowlly [Victor 24879], Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Decca 394] and Will Osborne [Melotone 13330]. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300].
I've Got a Crush On You From Broadway shows Treasure Girl and Strike Up the Band, charted in 1940 for Joe Sullivan, featuring Helen Ward [Okeh 5647], and in 1948 for Sinatra [Columbia 38151]. Also recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300]. (also by Sinatra, '60 - see above)
Bidin' My Time From the 1931 Broadway musical Girl Crazy, sung by the Foursome [Brunswick 4996].
Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did? Sung by Dick Hames and Betty Grable in the 1947 film The Shocking Miss Pilgrim.
Of Thee I Sing (Baby) Sung by Lois Morgan and William Gaxton in the 1932 Broadway show Of Thee I Sing, with recordings by the Arden-Ohman Orchestra, featuring Frank Luther [Victor 22911] and Ben Selvin as the Knickerbockers [Columbia 2598-D].
"The Half of It, Dearie" Blues Sung by Fred Astaire and Kathlene Martyn in the 1924 Broadway musical Lady, Be Good!
I Was Doing All Right Sung by Ella Logan in the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies.
He Loves and She Loves Sung by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns in the 1927 Broadway show Funny Face.
Love Is Sweeping the Country Sung by George Murphy and June O'Dea in the 1932 Broadway show Of Thee I Sing.
Treat Me Rough Sung by William Kent in the 1931 Broadway musical Girl Crazy, and in the 1943 film by Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and June Allyson.
(Our) Love Is Here to Stay Sung by Kenny Baker in the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies, with recordings by Larry Clinton, featuring Bea Wain [Victor 25761] and Red Norvo, featuring Mildred Bailey [Brunswick 8068].
Slap That Bass Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1938 film Shall We Dance?
Isn't It a Pity? Sung by George Givot and Josephine Houston in the 1932 Broadway musical Pardon My English.
Shall We Dance? Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1938 film Shall We Dance?
Love Walked In Sung by Kenny Baker [Decca 1795] in the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies. Other hit versions were by Sammy Kaye [Vocalion 4017], Jan Garber [Brunswick 8060], Jimmy Dorsey [Decca 1724] and Louis Armstrong [Decca 1842]. It was revived by the Hilltoppers [‘53, Dot 15105], the Flamingos [‘59, End 1055] and Dinah Washington ['60, Mercury 71696].
You've Got What Gets Me Written for but not included in the 1932 film Girl Crazy. British recording by Al Bowlly with Roy Fox and his Band [Decca F-3014].
They Can't Take That Away From Me From 1937 film Shall We Dance, sung by Fred Astaire. Big hit for Astaire [Brunswick 7855], with other versions by Ozzie Nelson [Bluebird 6873], Billie Holiday [Vocalion 3520] and Tommy Dorsey, featuring Jack Leonard [Victor 25549]. (also by Sinatra, '54 - see above)
Embraceable You From the 1930 Broadway show Girl Crazy, sung by Ginger Rogers and Allen Kearns. Popular in 1931 for the Arden-Ohman Orchestra, featuring Frank Luther [Victor 22558] and Red Nichols, featuring Dick Robertson [Brunswick 4957]. Revived in 1940 by Jimmy Dorsey, featuring Helen O'Connell [Decca 3928], and a 1947 release by Frank Sinatra [rec. 12/44, Columbia 37259]. (also by Sinatra, '60 - see above)
I Can't Be Bothered Now From the 1937 film Damsel In Distress, sung by Fred Astaire.
Boy! What Love Has Done To Me! From the 1931 Broadway musical Girl Crazy, sung by Ethel Merman.
Fascinating Rhythm Sung by Adele and Fred Astaire and by Cliff Edwards [Pathe 25126] in the 1925 Broadway show Lady Be Good! Also recorded by Sam Lanin [Columbia 276] and Paul Whiteman [Victor 19551].
Funny Face Title song to a 1927 Broadway musical, sung by Fred and Adele Astaire. Recorded by the Arden-Ohman Orchestra, featuring Johnny Marvin [Victor 21114].
Lorelei Sung by Carl Randall and Barbara Newberry in the 1933 Broadway musical Pardon My English.
Oh, So Nice Sung by Gertrude Lawrence and Paul Frawley in the 1928 Broadway musical Treasure Girl.
Let's Kiss and Make Up Sung by Fred and Adele Astaire in the 1927 Broadway show Funny Face.
I Got Rhythm Sung by Ethel Merman in the 1930 show Girl Crazy. Popular recordings by Red Nichols [‘31, Brunswick 4957], the Arden-Ohman Orchestra [Victor 22558], Ethel Waters [Columbia 2346-D], and Louis Armstrong [‘32, Columbia 2590]. A 1967 hit for the Happenings [B.T. Puppy 527].
Maybe Sung by Gertrude Lawrence and Oscar Shaw in the 1926 Broadway musical Oh, Kay! Recorded by Ella in 1950, from the 10" LP Ella Sings Gershwin [Decca DL5300], but not on the Verve Song Book.
THE HAROLD ARLEN SONG BOOK
Blues In the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) (Arlen, Mercer) Title song for a 1941 film, sung by William Gillespie. A 1941 version charted for Artie Shaw, followed by several in 1942: Woody Herman [Decca 4030], Dinah Shore [Bluebird 11436], Jimmie Lunceford, featuring Willie Smith [Decca 4125], Cab Calloway [Okeh 6422], and the Benny Goodman Sextet, featuring Peggy Lee [Okeh 6553]. Rosemary Clooney had a charting version in 1952 [Collumbia 39813]. (also by Sinatra, '58 - see above)
Let's Fall In Love (Arlen, Koehler) 1934 film title song sung by Ann Sothern and by Art Jarrett. Popular recordings by Eddy Duchin, featuring Lew Sherwood [Victor 24510], Harold Arlen with the Ray Sinatra Orchestra [Victor 24467] and Fred Rich, featuring Phil Regan [Columbia 2868].
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (Arlen, Koehler) From the 1933 revue Cotton Club Parade, 22nd Ed., sung by Ethel Waters. A hit for her [Brunswick 6564], as well as for Leo Reisman, featuring its writer Harold Arlen [Victor 24262], Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Brunswick 6550], Duke Ellington [6600] and Ted Lewis, featuring Shirley Jay [Columbia 2774-D]. It became Lena Horne's theme [Victor 27819] as the title song of a 1943 film. (also by Sinatra, '59 - see above)
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler) Sung by Aida Ward in the 1931 Broadway revue Rhythmania. 1932 recordings by Cab Calloway [Brunswick 6209], Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Brunswick 20104], the Boswell Sisters [Brunswick 6291] and Louis Armstrong [Columbia 2600].
My Shining Hour (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1943 film The Sky's the Limit. A 1944 recording for Glen Gray, featuring Eugenie Baird [Decca 18567] and on V-Disc by Frank Sinatra [166-B].
Hooray For Love (Arlen, Robin) Sung by Tony Martin [RCA Victor 2690] in the 1948 film Casbah. Also recorded by Johnny Mercer [Capitol 15028].
This Time the Dream's On Me (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Priscilla Lane in the 1941 film Blues in the Night. Recordings by Woody Herman [Decca 4030] and Glenn Miller, featuring Ray Eberle [Bluebird 11315].
That Old Black Magic (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Johnny Johnston in the 1942 film Star-Spangled Rhythm, it was a hit in 1943 for Glenn Miller, featuring Skip Nelson [Victor 20-1523], Freddie Slack with Margaret Whiting [Capitol 126], and Horace Heidt, featuring Charles Goodman [Columbia 36670]. It would be revived in 1955 by Sammy Davis, Jr. [Decca 29541], and again when performed in the film Senior Prom by Louis Prima & Keely Smith [‘58, Capitol 4063]. (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
I've Got the World On a String (Arlen, Koehler) Sung by Aida Ward in the 1932 revue Cotton Club Parade 21st Edition. Recordings by Bing Crosby [Brunswick 6491] and Cab Calloway [Brunswick 6424], and later by Frank Sinatra ['53, Capitol 2505].
Let's Take a Walk Around the Block (Arlen, Gershwin, Harburg) Sung in the 1934 revue Life Begins at 8:40 by Dixie Dunbar and Earl Oxford.
Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good) (Arlen, Koehler) Sung by Adelaide Hall in the 1934 revue Cotton Club Parade 24th Edition. Recordings by Eddy Duchin, featuring Harold Arlen [Victor 24579] and Leo Reisman, featuring Thelma Nevins [Brunswick 6789].
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Bing Crosby and Sonny Tufts in the 1945 film Here Come the Waves. Popular recordings by co-writer Johnny Mercer [Capitol 180], Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters [Decca 23379], Artie Shaw, featuring Imogene Lynn [Victor 20-1612] and Kay Kyser, featuring Dolly Mitchell [Columbia 36771].
When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler) Recorded in 1941 by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, featuring Helen O'Connell [Decca 3657].
Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Ruby Hill and Harold Nicholas in the 1946 Broadway show St. Louis Woman. Recordings by Margaret Whiting [Capitol 247] and Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes [Decca 23548].
As Long As I Live (Arlen, Koehler) Sung by Lena Horne and Avon Long in the 1934 revue Cotton Club Parade 24th Edition. Recorded in 1941 by the Benny Goodman Sextet [Columbia 35901].
Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe (Arlen, Harburg) Sung by Ethel Waters in the 1942 film Cabin in the Sky (but not in the 1940 Broadway show).
It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose) A 1932 song added to the Broadway play The Great Magoo, sung by Claire Carlton (as 'If You Believe in Me'), and featured in the 1933 film Take a Chance, sung by Buddy Rogers and June Knight, with hit recordings in 1933 by Paul Whiteman, featuring Peggy Healy [Victor 24400] and Cliff Edwards [Vocalion 2587]. Revived in 1945 by Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys [Decca 23425], Bennie Goodman, featuring Dottie Reid [Columbia 36843], and the King Cole Trio [Capitol 20012, in album], featured in the film Too Young to Know. (also by Sinatra, '61 - see above)
The Man That Got Away (Arlen, Gershwin) Sung by Judy Garland [Columbia 40270] in the 1954 film A Star Is Born. A single for Frank Sinatra as 'The Gal That Got Away' [Capitol 2864].
One For My Baby (and One For the Road) (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Fred Astaire in the 1943 film The Sky's the Limit. Charted for Lena Horne in 1945 [Victor 1616], recorded by Sinatra in 1947 [Columbia 38474]. (also by Sinatra, '58 - see above)
It Was Written In the Stars (Arlen, Robin) Sung by Tony Martin in the 1948 fillm Casbah.
Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler) From the 1930 Broadway revue 9:15 Revue, sung by Ruth Etting. Popular for Nat Shilkret [Victor 22444] and Frankie Trumbauer [Okeh 41431]. Sung by Judy Garland in the 1950 film Summer Stock. (also by Sinatra, '54 - see above)
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (Arlen, Koehler) Sung by Lillian Shade in the 1932 show Earl Carroll's Vanities, 10th Edition. Recorded by Ethel Merman [Victor 24145] and, in 1933, by Louis Armstrong [Victor 24233], Cab Calloway [Brunswick 6460] and Benny Goodman, featuring Jack Teagarden [Columbia 2835].
Out Of This World (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by the voice of Bing Crosby as the title song to a 1945 film. Recordings by Jo Stafford [Capitol 191] and Tommy Dorsey, featuring Stuart Foster [Victor 1669].
Over the Rainbow (Arlen, Harburg) Introduced by Judy Garland in the classic film The Wizard of Oz [’39, Decca 2672], and also recorded by Glenn Miller, featuring Ray Eberle [’39, Bluebird 10366], Bob Crosby, featuringTeddy Grace [’39, Decca 2657], and Larry Clinton, featuringBea Wain [’39, Victor 26174]. It has been given doo-wop treatments by the Dominoes [‘55, King 1502] and the Dimensions [‘60, Mohawk 116].
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead (Arlen, Harburg) Sung in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz by Judy Garland, Billie Burke and the Singing Midgets. Recorded by Glenn Miller, featuring Marion Hutton [Bluebird 10366], revived in 1967 by the Fifth Estate [Jubilee 5573].
Sing My Heart (Arlen, Koehler) From the 1939 film Love Affair, sung by Irene Dunne.
THE JEROME KERN SONG BOOK
Let's Begin (Kern, Harbach) Sung in the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta by George Murphy.
A Fine Romance (Kern, Fields) Sung by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1936 film Swing Time. Recordings by Fred Astaire with the Johnny Green Orchestra [Brunswick 7716], Billie Holiday [Vocalion 3333], Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Victor 25372], Bing and Dixie Lee Crosby [Decca 907] and Henry King, featuring Joe Sudy [Decca 890].
All the Things You Are (Kern, Hammerstein) Sung by a vocal quartet in the 1939 Broadway show Very Warm For May. Popular 1940 recordings by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Jack Leonard [Victor 26401], Artie Shaw, featuring Helen Forrest [Bluebird 10492], and Frankie Masters, featuring Harlan Rogers [Vocalion 5265].
I'll Be Hard to Handle (Kern, Dougal) Sung in the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta by Lyda Roberti.
You Couldn't Be Cuter (Kern, Fields) Sung by Irene Dunn in the 1938 film Joy of Living. Popular recordings by Tommy Dorsey, featuring Edythe Wright [Victor 25766] and Ray Noble, featuring Tony Martin [Brunswick 8076].
She Didn't Say "Yes" (Kern) Sung by Bettina Hall in the 1932 Broadway show The Cat and the Fiddle. Recorded by Leo Reisman, featuring Frank Luther [Victor 22870].
I'm Old Fashioned (Kern, Mercer) From the 1942 film You Were Never Lovelier, sung by Fred Astaire and Nan Wynn (dubbing for Rita Hayworth). Recorded in 1943 by Fred Astaire [Decca 18489].
Remind Me (Kern, Fields) Sung by Allan Jones in the 1940 film One Night in the Tropics.
The Way You Look Tonight (Kern, Fields) Sung in the 1936 film Swing Time by Fred Astaire [Brunswick 7717], and also recorded by Guy Lombardo, featuring Carmen Lombardo [Victor 25372], Teddy Wilson, featuring Billie Holiday [Brunswick 7762], Bing and Dixie Lee Crosby [Decca 907], Shep Fields, featuring Charles Chester [Bluebird 6506], and in 1942 by Benny Goodman, featuring Peggy Lee [Columbia 36594]. It was revived in the rock era by the Jaguars [‘56, R-Dell 11] and the Lettermen ['61, Capitol 4586].
Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach) Sung in the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta by Faye Templeton, and in the 1935 film version by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Recorded by Leo Reisman, featuring Frank Luther [Brunswick 6701].
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Kern, Hammerstein) Sung in the 1928 Broadway show Show Boat by Helen Morgan [Victor 21238], with other recordings by Nat Shilkret, featuring Franklyn Baur [Victor 21215] and Ben Bernie, featuring Vaughn DeLeath [Brunswick 3808].
Why Was I Born? (Kern, Hammerstein) Sung in the 1930 Broadway show Sweet Adeline by Helen Morgan [Victor 22199], with other recordings by Libby Holman [Brunswick 4570] and Leo Reisman, featuring I. Levin [Victor 22187]. Revived by Vic Damone in 1949 [Mercury 5326].
THE JOHNNY MERCER SONG BOOK
Too Marvelous For Words (Whiting, Mercer) Sung by Ross Alexander, Winnie Shaw, Ruby Keeler and Lee Dixon in the 1937 film Ready, Willing and Able. Recordings by Bing Crosby with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra [Decca 1185], Shep Fields, featuring Bob Goday [Bluebird 6779], Eddy Duchin, featuring Jerry Cooper [Victor 25517] and Leo Reisman, featuring Jimmy rierley [Brunswick 7831].
Early Autumn (Burns, Herman, Mercer) This is from the fourth movement of the extended work 'Summer Sequence', written by Ralph Burns for Woody Herman's orchestra, and featuring Stan Getz. It was performed in concert at Carnegie Hall in March 1946; Parts 1 through 3 were recorded in September 1946 [Columbia 38365 and 38367] and Part 4 in December 1947 [Columbia 38367]. Recorded in 1947 by Claude Thornhill, featuring Fran Warren [Columbia 37593], and in 1952 by Jo Stafford [Columbia 39838] and a vocal version by Woody Herman [Mars 300].
Day In - Day Out (Bloom, Mercer) A 1939 song popular for Bob Crosby, featuring Helen Ward [Decca 2703], Artie Shaw, featuring Helen Forrest [Bluebird 10406], Kay Kyser, featuring Henry Babbitt [Columbia 35202] and Tommy Dorsey, featuring Jack Leonard [Victor 26339].
Laura (Raskin, Mercer) Title theme from a 1944 film, with popular 1945 recordings by Woody Herman [Columbia 36785], Johnnie Johnston with the Paul Baron Orchestra [Capitol 196], the Freddy Martin Orchestra [Victor 20-1655], Jerry Wald, featuring Dick Merrick [Majestic 7129] and Dick Haymes [Decca 18666], with a 1951 jazz version by Stan Kenton [Capitol 1704]. (also by Sinatra, '56 - see above)
This Time the Dream's On Me (Arlen, Mercer) Sung by Priscilla Lane in the 1941 film Blues In the Night. Recorded by Woody Herman [Decca 4030] and Glenn Miller, featuring Ray Eberle [Bluebird 11315].
Skylark (Carmichael, Mercer) A 1942 song popular for Glenn Miller, featuring Ray Eberle [Bluebird 11462], Dinah Shore [Bluebird 11473], Harry James, featuring Helen Forrest [Columbia 36533] and Bing Crosby [Decca 4193].
Single-O (Mercer, Kahn) Recorded by Woody Herman on the 1960 LP New Swingin' Herman Herd [Crown CLP5180].
Something's Gotta Give (Mercer) Recorded by Fred Astaire [RCA Victor 47-6410], from his film Daddy Long Legs. Popular versions by the McGuire Sisters [Coral 61423] and Sammy Davis, Jr. [Decca 29484].
Trav'lin' Light (Mundy, Young, Mercer) Recorded in 1942 by Billie Holiday, as 'Lady Day', with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra [Capitol 116].
Midnight Sun (Burke, Hampton, Mercer) A 1947 instrumental by Lionel Hampton [Decca 24429]. A vocal version was recorded by June Christy in 1954 [Something Cool, Capitol T-516].
Dream (When You're Feeling Blue) (Mercer) A 1945 hit for the Pied Pipers [Capitol 185], Sinatra [Columbia 36797], Freddy Martin, featuring Artie Wayne [Victor 20-1645] and Jimmy Dorsey, featuring Teddy Walters [Decca 18670], also featured in the film Her Highness and the Bellboy. Revived by the Four Aces in 1954 [Decca 29217]. (also by Sinatra, '60 - see above)
I Remember You (Schertzinger, Mercer) Sung by Dorothy Lamour in the 1942 film The Fleet’s In. Recorded versions were by Jimmy Dorsey, with Bob Eberly [Decca 4132] and Harry James, with Helen Forrest [Columbia 36518]. Revived as a big hit in England and the U.S. in 1962 by Frank Ifield [Vee Jay 457].
When a Woman Loves a Man (Hanighen, Jenkins, Mercer) Published in 1934. Recorded in 1934 by Eddy Duchin, featuring the DeMarco Sisters [Victor 24611] and Art Tatum [Decca 741] and in 1938 by Billie Holiday [Vocalion 4029].