The End of a Love Affair


The End of a Love Affair (Edward C. Redding) — published in 1950

Standard of the Day says,

This somber and smokey tune of love and loss was practically written for the saloon. Jimmy Dorsey’s orchestra introduced it, but it was quickly snatched up by a number of different artists during the 1950s.

I’ve been unable to properly identify the following Jimmy Dorsey recording, which sounds like it might be a live radio  broadcast transcription, so I’ll just provide a link to the video for now.


Dinah Shore with Henri René and his Orchestra — B-side of “Getting to Know You,” RCA Victor ‎47-4286, according to, issued in October 1951, although has “The End of a Love Affair” as the A-side


Mabel Mercer — from her 1953 album Songs by Mabel Mercer, Atlantic ALS 402


Frank Sinatra with The Hollywood String Quartet, recorded 5 April 1956, Nelson Riddle arrangement – released on the album Close to You, 1956


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers — recorded in NY on 5 April 1956, which is the same day as the Sinatra recording with Riddle — released on Columbia CL 897

Donald Byrd: trumpet
Hank Mobley: tenor Sax
Horace Silver: piano
Doug Watkins: bass
Art Blakey: drums


Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra — from the 1956 LP Dim Lights and Blue Music, MGM Records E3351


Nat King Cole – from Love is the Thing, released April 1957. Wikipedia reports that the album reached #1 on Billboard’s pop albums chart and tied for #1 in the UK. In their overview of the album Wikipedia says,

In 1956, Cole came together with popular music arranger Jenkins to produce the first of the four collaborations that are described by critics as among the best of either artist.[2][3] American Jazz commenter Scott Yanow noted that the album “sticks exclusively” to the role Cole had established in 1950s popular opinion as a “superb ballad vocalist”.[6] While Love Is the Thing little reflects the jazz roots whence Cole emerged,[6] the singer’s “restrained vocal approach” and the arranger’s “unhurried string charts” combined to produce a romantic album of enduring popularity.[2]

Cole’s three further albums with Jenkins were The Very Thought of You (1958), Everytime I Feel the Spirit (1959), and Where Did Everyone Go? (1963).


Billy Holiday, Lady in Satin Session-1958-02-19 (5)-d15

Billie Holiday – Session #86 New York 20 February 1958 Ray Ellis and his Orchestra (Columbia) — Urbie Green, Tom Mitchell & J. J. Johnson (tb) Ed Powell, Tom Pashley, Romeo Penque, Phil Bodner (sax) Mal Waldron (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Milt Hinton (b) Don Lamond (d) Billie Holiday (v) Brad Spinney(xyl) J. Putman (harp) + strings and choir, released on the album Lady in Satin, June 1958


Dexter Gordon -  Recorded 9 May 1961 — Dexter Gordon (tenor saxophone); Kenny Drew (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Philly Joe Jones (drums) – album: Dexter Calling…, 1961



Julie London — from her 1963 LP Love On the Rocks, Liberty ‎LST 7249


Wes Montgomery Trio — recorded 6 October 1959 at Reeves Sound Studios in NYC; released on the 1959 LP The Wes Montgomery Trio, Riverside Records RLP 12-310,

Wes Montgomery: guitar
Mel Rhyne: organ
Paul Parker: drums


Maysa — from Maysa Sings Songs Before Dawn, released in 1961


Gloria Lynne – from I Wish You Love, 1967


Jimmy Raney – recorded 2 September 1975According to the video provider the track was added to the original material when the CD of Raney’s 1976 album Solo was issue, in 1991.  But this track and another on the 1991 reissue, Suzanne, originally appeared on Raney’s debut record for Xanadu, The Influence, released in 1975.

Presently unavailable


The Real Deal Big Band — date unknown

The provider says, “…arranged by Willy Dalton–solos by Willy on guitar and Mike DiLorenzo on organ–band members included Vince Cherico, drums, and Irio O’Farrill, bass.”

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pag
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 23:20:58

    Hi. Julie London also sang it in 1963.

    Thanks for the investigation.


  2. Daniel Fitzgerald
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 02:22:08

    Hello, I LOVE this song too & there is a SUPERB unique early version that you may still be unaware of? Margaret Whiting with Lou Busch Orchestra c1950-51 issued over here in the UK on a Capitol 78 number CL-13581 in the summer of 1951, so this could be the first recording.

    It has a superb full arrangement AND includes the full verse – a lot of letters to various agony aunts starting ‘Dear Emily Post etc’ & spilling her heart out kind-a-thing, – & I’ve never heard or seen any reference to the verse before.

    Its not on youtube yet so I’ll record it & stick it on youtube later today for you.

    PS: Theres a great also a 1955 orchestral version by Cyril Stapleton & his Orchestra, very pretty. But that is on youtube.


    • doc
      Apr 10, 2014 @ 11:58:49

      Thanks much. I appreciate your assistance. Have added the Cyril Stapleton recording and look forward to your Margaret Whiting video, especially with the verse (unknown to me as well) included. I discovered today that International Lyrics Playground has a long list of artists who have recorded the song. May use this if I decide to expand the page.

      Warm regards, doc


      • doc
        Jun 12, 2014 @ 21:11:54

        Today, I found that, contrary to what I had earlier reported, Second Hand Songs does indeed have a list of recordings of “The End of a Love Affair.” Might have missed it, or it might have been added after I published my page on the song in March 2011. That’s a while ago. Anyway, they presently have 36 recordings documented, with videos included for several of them.

  3. Daniel Fitzgerald
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 08:35:02

    Hello, sorry its been a while, I recorded the song on my phone ages ago BUT can’t bloody download it to my MacBook, any suggestions?


    • doc
      Jun 12, 2014 @ 21:07:38

      Hi. I’ve never used MacBook. I’m sure there’s a lot of free software available for converting file formats, if that is the issue, but I’m not informed in that realm. Will let you know if I find an audio file of a Margaret Whiting c. 1951 recording, Capitol 1585, c/w “Everlasting.”


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