Will You Still Be Mine

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Will You Still Be Mine (m. Matt Dennis, w. Thomas Adair) - 1940

From Wikipedia’s brief biographical sketch of Matt Dennis:

He was born in Seattle, Washington. His mother was a violinist and his father a singer, and the family was in vaudeville, so he was early exposed to music. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt’s orchestra as a vocalist and pianist. Later on, he formed his own band, with Dick Haymes as vocalist. He became vocal coach, arranger, and accompanist for Martha Tilton, and worked with a new vocal group, the Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford, one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded Dorsey to hire Dennis as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically, with fourteen of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year alone, including “Everything Happens to Me,” an early hit for Frank Sinatra.

Jazzstandards.com says:

One evening, while playing a nightclub gig in Los Angeles, Dennis was approached by Tom Adair, who asked if he could write a song with him. Adair was answering phones for the power company in Los Angeles and writing poems in his spare time for the Saturday Evening Post but had already written lyrics to one of Dennis’ numbers, “Will You Still Be Mine?” Dennis was elated with Adair’s sophisticated lyrics and asked him to write words for his other compositions, “Everything Happens to Me” and “Let’s Get Away from It All.” Dorsey recorded all of them in February, 1941.

Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Connie Haines — New York, 15 July 1941

Charlie Peterson, Al Stearns, Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Blake(tp); Tommy Dorsey, George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Lowell Martin(tb); Fred Stulce, Manny Gershman(as); Heinie Beau, Don Lodice, Bruce Snyder(ts); Joe Bushkin(p); Clark Yocum(g); Sid Weiss(b); Buddy Rich(ds); Connie Haines(voc)

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Erroll Garner Trio — from the 1953 Columbia album Erroll Garner (Cl 535)

Erroll Garner: piano
Wyatt Ruther: bass
Eugene “Fats” Heard: drums

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Matt Dennis — Recorded live at the Tally-Ho in Hollywood, 1953(?) — Matt Dennis (p, vcl), Gene Englund (b), Mark Barnett (d) —  Released on the Kapp Records (KL-1024) LP Plays and Sings Matt Dennis, 1956

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Benny Carter Quintet – Los Angeles, CA - 12 November 1954

Personnel:
Benny Carter – Alto Sax
Oscar Peterson – Piano
Herb Ellis – Guitar
Ray Brown – Bass
Bobby White – Drums

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Red Garland Trio - from 1956-57 sessions. The second song is Willow Weep for Me

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Cy Coleman - live on Art Ford’s Greenwich Village Party (local New York TV), 1956 or 1957

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Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney — from the pair’s early 1960s radio show. It seems to have been the very first song of the series, performed in the first episode on 29 February 1960. Here’s a link to an audio file of the entire 20 minute episode: Bing Crosby and Rosemary Cloooney, 29.12.60 – 8.7 MB

The site archive.org says:

In 1960, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney teamed together in The Bing Crosby – Rosemary Clooney Show on CBS. This was a 20 minute show aimed at female listeners and was broadcast at 11:40 a.m. daily. Bing and Rosie would tape the dialogue weeks in advance and songs would be interpolated. The songs would usually feature Bing and Rosie singing solos and often a duet. Songs were repeated on many occasions. Murdo MacKenzie was again the producer. The shows commenced on February 29, 1960 and continued without a break until November 2, 1962 when Bing’s long association with radio in the USA effectively ended.

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Miles Davis – from the album Musings of Miles – recorded 7 June 1955 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey

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Art Farmer Quintet — recorded at Boomer’s New York City, NY 14 May 1976

Personnel:
Art Farmer – Flugelhorn
Clifford Jordan – Tenor Sax
Cedar Walton – Piano
Sam Jones – Bass
Billy Higgins – Drums

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Cal Tjader – from the album Gozame! Pero Ya – 1980

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