Music by Harold Arlen for all songs except “Smoke Rings”
Stepping Into Love (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Koehler)
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocal: Harold Arlen — This is an independent song, not associated with any show, and (according to Fadograph’s Weblog) it became the first song recorded by Reisman featuring Arlen as the vocalist. It was recorded on 19 January 1932 and issued on Victor 22913, with flip-side “Tango Americana”, recorded by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra.
Audio file, from archive.org:
- See my feature page: Stormy Weather
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocal: Harold Arlen — the recording date of the second Reisman recording to feature Harold Arlen as vocalist is unknown; issued as the B-side of Victor single 24716, “Night and Day” (vocal by Fred Astaire, recorded on 22 November 1932)
Let’s Fall in Love (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Keohler) — written for the 1933 film Let’s Fall in Love
Harold Arlen with orchestra conducted by Ray Sinatra — recorded 1 November 1933; issued on Victor 24467, c/w “This Is Only the Beginning” (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Koehler), another song from the film
Smoke Rings (m. H. Eugene Gifford, w. Ned Washington)
The Casa Loma Orchestra recorded Gifford’s instrumental composition in 1932, and it soon became their theme song. A 25 January 1933 recording by the Mills Brothers may have been the earliest to incorporate Washington’s lyric, but the copyright date for the vocal version is almost two months later, 31 March 1933.
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocal: Harold Arlen — recorded on 11 July 1933 and issued as Victor (US) 24358, b/w “Heart of Stone” (vocal: Fred Astaire) — According to the video DJ, gramophoneshane, the disc being spun is HMV no.EA1250 (Australian).
audio files from archive.org:
VBR MP3 (1.9 MB)
Ogg Vorbis (933.8 KB)
(above) Leo Reisman and his Orchestra
Happy As the Day Is Long (m. Harold Arlen, w. Ted Koehler)
The Virtual Victrola says,
Arlen and Koehler penned this song for the 22nd Cotton Club Parade in 1933. Other Arlen-Koehler tunes from this show include “Get Yourself A New Broom (And Sweep The Blues Away),” “Raisin’ The Rent,” and the immortal “Stormy Weather.” Originally Cab Calloway’s orchestra was scheduled to accompany the show, but other obligations (due no doubt to Cab’s meteoric rise to fame) kept him away from the Cotton Club. So Duke Ellington accepted the club owners’ offer to rejoin the stage show — the spot that first boosted Ellington to stardom four years earlier.
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocals: Harold Arlen (singer), Reisman and Arlen (spoken) — recorded on 2 May 1933; issued as the B-side of Victor 24315, “The Gold Diggers’ Song” (vocal: Fred Astaire)
MP3 audio file from The Virtual Victrola: