Pennies from Heaven
Pennies From Heaven (m. Arthur Johnston, w. Johnny Burke)
The song was introduced in the 1936 musical comedy film of the same name, based on the novel The Peacock Feather by Katherine Leslie Moore. Stars: Bing Crosby, who sings the song in the film, Madge Evans and Ediths Fellows. Jazzstandards lists four hit recordings in 1936 including that by Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra. The others were those by Hal Kemp and his Orchestra, cabaret performer Hildegarde, and a second by Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra with vocalist Bob Eberle.
Notable early jazz interpretations include an early one by Count Basie and his Orchestra, featuring Lester Young and vocalist Jimmy Rushing, and the recording by Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra with vocals by Billie Holiday. At the time of the recording, Wilson’s band included Benny Goodman (clarinet) and Ben Webster (tenor sax).
In the 1936 film Pennies from Heaven
With Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra – 1936
Billie Holiday – Session #13 New York, 19 November 1936 , Teddy Wilson & Orchestra (Brunswick) Jonah Jones (tp) Benny Goodman (cl) Ben Webster (ts) Teddy Wilson (p)Allan Reuss (g) John Kirby (b) Cozy Cole (d) Billie Holiday (v)
Hal Kemp and his Orchestra – 1936
Count Basie and his Orchestra, vocal: Jimmy Rushing – 1937
Lester Young Quintet – Norman Granz’s documentary “Improvisation” (part 4) – Lester Young (ts), Bill Harris (tb), Hank Jones (p), Ray Brown (b), Buddy Rich (d) – New York, 1950
Dave Brubeck Quartet, recorded in NY 14 October 1954
Paul Desmond – Alto Sax
Dave Brubeck – Piano
Bob Bates – Bass
Joe Dodge – Drums
Frank Sinatra – recorded 10 Jan 1956, arr. Nelson Riddle. Released on the album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers.
Stan Getz with the Oscar Peterson Trio – 10 Oct 1957 — Stan Getz (tenor sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass).
Louis Prima – Haven’t found the year yet.