What is a “Songbook standard”?

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The following page, published on 17 March, was substantially revised and expanded on 21-22 March (latest revision, 2 July 2017):

See also the relevant comment exchange between Robert Silvestri and myself at the bottom of the page.

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Songbook site index

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Billie Holiday, probably at Pep's Musical Bar, 25-30 April 1955 (2)1890-1969 selected standards and hits pages
Galleries: performing artist and songwriter
Galleries: film
Songwriters to 1954
Songwriters, 1955-1975
Complete page index
Film Musicals and Revues: selected films and songs, 1929-47
Performing Artist features
Jazz Age
Swing Eras 1 and 2
about the site + selected notes
Friends
Acknowledgments

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(above) header tab 5 generation browse demonstration: Page Index > Songbook site index > Songwriter > Songwriters to 1954 > Berlin, Irving > Berlin pages (11) — correction: The page Irving Berlin: selected songs of 1909 and 1910 is now included in the Berlin drop down index.

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the spark of a firefly’s fling

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Today I published a page on the song “They Say It’s Spring,” which was co-written by Bob Haymes and Marty Clark. Here’s a link to the new page:

They Say It’s Spring (Bob Haymes, Marty Clark)

Wikipedia suggests that the song was written in the “mid-’50s.” Though I haven’t yet found a copyright date or other information regarding the year in which it was written, according to all sources that I’ve consulted the 1957 recording of the song by Blossom Dearie is the first.

recordings included in the new page:

  • Blossom Dearie Quartet — from the 1958 LP Give Him the Ooh-La-La, (US) Verve Records MGV-2081; album recorded in NYC on 12 & 13 December 1957* — personnel: Blossom Dearie – piano & vocal, Herb Ellis – guitar, Ray Brown – bass, Jo Jones – drums

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  • Tommy Flanagan and George Mraz — from the 1978 album Ballads & Blues, (Germany) Enja Records 3031 ST — album recorded on 15 November 1978 at Penthouse Studio, NYC — personnel: Tommy Flanagan – piano, George Mraz – bass
  • Reg Schwager — from his 1997 album Border Town, on the Jazz From Rant label
  • Harry Allen — released on 21 November 1998 on the album Day Dream, (Japan) BMG BVCJ-3100 — The Tommy Flanagan Trio accompanies Allen on some tracks of the album — musicians on this track: Harry Allen – tenor saxophone, Tommy Flanagan – piano
  • The Stuart Hemingway Trio + 1 — from the 2000 album Cool Jazz in Paradise…, on MJT Records

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  • Bryan Shaw, with vocal by Rebecca Kilgore — from the 2000 CD album Night Owl, Arbors Records ARCD
  • Erin McKeown — from the CD album Sing You Sinners, released in 2006 on the following labels: Nettwerk America — US & Canada, Nettwerk — US, Nettwerk Productions UK Ltd. — UK
  • Depart — from the 2006 album Reloaded, on the German ACT label (ACT 9453-2)
  • Terri Cerritto — from the CD album Last Night When We Were Young, released in 2007 on the Fedora label
  • Joe Alterman Trio, with Ralph Lalama — recorded on 15 December 2010 at New York University – video by David Sidorov — personnel: Joe Alterman – piano, Ralph Lalama – tenor saxophone, Michael Feinberg – bass, Allan Mednard – drums
  • Bonnie Harris — from the 2010 CD album Listen Here, on the Lush Life Records label
  • Sally Jackels — from her debut CD album The Promise of Spring, released in 2011 on the Sally Jackels label
  • Nicki Parrott — from the 2012 CD album Sakura Sakura, (Japan) Venus Records VHCD-1068; album recorded at Avatar Studio in New York on 25, 26 & 28 November 2011
  • Unidentified small combo — Voorspeelavond Junior Jazz College, 22 June 2012, Amsterdam Blue Note, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
  • Joe Alterman Trio — from the 2012 CD album Give Me the Simple Life, Miles High Records MHR-8619 — album recorded at Avatar Studio B, New York City, NY, on 13 & 14 September 2011
  • Aiko Ito with the Phillip Strange Piano Trio — from the album They Say It’s Spring, released in 2013
  • Brian Patton, Hospitality Manager at North Hill senior living community in Needham, MA — published on YouTube, 25 April 2014
  • Mimi Terris & Monday Night Big Band, with trumpet(?) solo by Fredrik Davidsson — Mattssons Musikpub Malmö, Sweden, 1 September 2014, featuring an arrangement by Mikael Karlsson
  • onboro trio — published on YouTube, 9 February 2016

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* Disagreement as to the date of the recording sessions that produced the tracks on the 1958 album Give Him the Ooh-La-La, (US) Verve Records MGV-2081:

like a half forgotten song

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Today I published four new pages. Here are links to them:

See also the recent page: Alec Wilder slide show and gallery — published 11 April.

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Blackberry Winter (Alec Wilder, Loonis McGlohon)

In the book Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself: A Life of the Composer, by Desmond Stone (1996), in discussing the 1976 collaborations between Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon, the author says on page 206:

“Where’s the Child I Used to Hold?” has not been widely performed since Dick Haymes sang it, but that is certainly not true for “Blackberry Winter,” another 1976 Wilder-McGlohon collaboration, one set apart by its haunting sixteenth-note motive and its unexpected harmonic and rhythmic progressions…

Wilder has recalled that he wrote the tune on a day when he was visiting McGlohon and fussing at the piano:

Something I played pleased him so I worked out the idea into a full length melody. He expressed interest in putting a lyric to it. I was convinced that my rhythmically unconventional devices would seriously hinder any attempt to find adequate words. Not at all. Mr. McGlohon, in his usual impeccable taste, found all the right words even if the phrase “blackberry winter” is unfamiliar to Northerners.

Recordings included in part 1, 1976-2009:

Teddi King – vocal
Loonis McGlohon – piano, arrangement
Mel Alexander – bass
Jim Lackey – drums

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  • Keith Jarrett Trio — from sessions recorded at Generation Sound Studios, NYC, October 14, 15 & 16, 1976; released on the 1977 album Bop-Be, (US) Impulse! Records AS-9334, IA-9334, (UK) ABC Records IMPL 8053 — Keith Jarrett – piano, Charlie Haden – bass, Paul Motian – drums
  • Roland Hanna — from the 1980 LP Plays the Music of Alec Wilder, Inner City Records IC 1072
  • Dolly Dawn — from her 1981 album Memories of You, Dawn Records DDI 2001, Audiophile Records ACD-201 — personnel for this  track: Dolly Dawn – vocal, Bucky Pizzarelli – guitar, Phil Bodner – flute
  • Joe Derise — from the 1981 LP House of Flowers, Audiophile AP-153
  • Loonis McGlohon — originally released on the 1981 or 1982* album Loonis in London, Audiophile Records AP-166 — A 1996 CD album titled Loonis and London, Audiophile Records ACD-166, features the eleven tracks from the original album, plus an additional ten tracks.
  • Mike Campbell & Tom Garvin — from the 1984 LP Blackberry Winter, ITI Records ‎JL 009
  • Joyce Breach with Jerry Melaga — recorded in 1985; released in 1995 on the CD album Songbird, Audiophile ACD-199 — personnel, this track: Joyce Breach vocal, accompanied by Jerry Melaga on piano
  • Marlene VerPlanck — from her 1986 album Sings Alec Wilder, Audiophile AP-218, Audiophile (D)AP-218 (gatefold cover)
  • Joyce Breach with the Loonis McGlohon Quartet — from her 1991 CD album Confessions, Audiophile Records ACD-269 — album personnel (from Jazzology.com): Loonis McGlohon – piano, arrangement; Joe Negri – guitar; Virgil Walter – string bass; Reid Hoyson – drums
  • Alexis Cole, accompanied by Harry Pickens on piano — from the 1999 CD album Very Early
  • Valerie Errante, Robert Wason, Ken Meyer, Aleck Brinkman ‎– from the 2000 album Songs Of Alec Wilder, Albany Records TROY 404
  • David Daniels and Craig Ogden ‎– from the 2003 album A Quiet Thing: Songs for Voice and Guitar, on Virgin Classics — album review by Raymond Tuttle at Classical.net
  • Jack Donahue — from the CD album Strange Weather, released in May 2004 on the PS Classics label — album review: Playbill
  • Stéphy Haïk — from the musical program Lambert Wilson chante la Nuit américaine, recorded live at the Opéra Comique in Paris on  7, 8 & 9 June 2005; released on the DVD “La Nuit Americaine,” released on 20 October 2005; music arranged by Régis Huby

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  • Thomas Marriott · Bill Anschell · Jeff Johnson · John Bishop — from the 2007 CD album The Cool Season – An Origin Records Holiday Collection, Vol. 2, Origin Records 82494
  • Marian McPartland — piano solo from her 2008 CD album Twilight World, Concord Music Group, Inc. ‎CCD-30528; album recorded on 11 & 12 September 2007
  • Solon High School jazz choir “Blame It On Our Youth,” of Solon, Ohio — published on YouTube, 10 May 2009 — featured soloists are video provider momomiller, Sami McAtee, Melanie Breza, and Kami Schmidt

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The world over was blue clover

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Late Saturday night (28 April) I published a page on the song “One Morning in May,” with music by Hoagy Carmichael and words by Mitchell Parish. Here’s a link to the new page:

One Morning in May

Links to the page have been added to the following relevant page indexes:

The first recording of “One Morning in May” that I’m aware of is that by Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra in Chicago in October 1933, an instrumental recording. Lanny Ross recorded the song in November 1933, possibly the first vocal recording, with accompaniment by an orchestra directed by Ray Sinatra. The Ross recording and a January 1934 recording by Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra each feature a verse section that I haven’t heard in any other recordings of the song. A 16 November 1933 instrumental recording by Wayne King and his Orchestra was issued on (US) Brunswick 6735, c/w “Song of Surrender.”

In 1934 it was recorded by numerous bands and orchestras, including those led by the following: Emil Coleman, Harry Roy, Roy Fox, Ray Noble (with vocal by Al Bowlly), Bert Ambrose, Jack Payne, and Geraldo (Gerald Walcan Bright), and by Marion Harris with an orchestra that I haven’t yet identified. These were all vocal versions. The list suggests that the song may have been more popular in the UK than in the US early on. I’ve omitted videos or audio files of all of the early vocal recordings, mainly because I find it an ordeal to listen to them. I try to explain why in the page. I’ve yet discover any recordings of the song made during the years 1935-1951.

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  • Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra — recorded in Chicago on 10 October 1933; issued on the 78 rpm single Victor 24505, b/w “Armful Of Trouble,” B-side recorded by Don Bestor and his Orchestra

personnel (according to sources 12, 3):
Hoagy Carmichael – piano, Elvan ” Fuzzy” Combs (as J. Coombs) — alto sax,  Fred Murray – trumpet, Bob Vollmer* – drums, unknown – clarinet, unknown – guitar, unknown – bass

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  • Robert Farnon and his Orchestra — recorded on 26 June 1952; released in March 1953 on the LP Victor Schertzinger Suite / Hoagy Carmichael Suite, Decca Records LK 4055, (US) London Records LL 623
  • The Murray Arnold Quartet — from the 1956 album Overheard in a Cocktail Lounge, MGM Records E3457
  • The Octet of Max Albright — from the album Mood for Max, Motif Records ML502, release date unknown; album recorded in Los Angeles, CA, on 8, 16, and 23 November 1956 — also released on the album A Swingin’ Gig, Tampa Records TP 2 (color vinyl, 1957; black vinyl, 1958) — among members of the octet/session personnel are: Max Albright – drums, vibes, bells; Buddy Collette – alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, flute; Gerald Wiggins –  piano
  • Buddy Cole — theater pipe organ solo, from his 1957 LP Pipes, Pedals and Fidelity, (US) Columbia CL 1003 (Mono), and (US, Canada) Columbia CS 8065
  • George Shearing Quintet and Orchestra — from the 1957 album Black Satin, (US) Capitol Records T858 and Capitol T-858 (Mono), (UK) Capitol T 858 (Mono) — According to Discogs.com, stereo versions of the album weren’t released until 1959.
  • Benny Carter — from his 1959 album Aspects, (US) United Artists Records UAL 4017 (Mono), UAS 5017 (Stereo) — instrumentation on this track: Benny Carter – alto & tenor saxophone, Joe Comfort – bass, Shelly Manne – drums, Bobby Gibbons – guitar, Arnold Ross – piano, as well as two other tenor saxes, and a horn section including five trumpets and two trombones

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  • Pete Jolly Trio — from the 1965 album Too Much, Baby!, Columbia CL 2397 (Mono), CS 9197 (Stereo) — Pete Jolly – piano, Chuck Berghoffer – bass, Nicholas Martinis – drums
  • Frankie Randall — from the 1965 album Sings & Swings, RCA Victor LPM-2967
  • Art Van Damme Quintet — from the 1967 LP The Gentle Art of Art, (Germany) SABA SB 15 114 ST; also issued in the UK in 1968 on Polydor 583 713
  • Bert Kaempfert — from the 1969 album One Lonely Night, (Germany, UK) Polydor 184 313
  • Carrie Smith with the Loonis McGlohon Trio — recorded in Columbia, SC, in November 1976; released in 1994 on the album Fine & Mellow, Audiophile ACD-164
  • Jim Callum Jazz Band — from the 1990 CD album Hooray for Hoagy!, Audiophile Records ACD-251
  • Barbara Lea, Bob Dorough, Dick Sudhalter and others — from the 1994 album “Hoagy’s Children” In a Celebration of Hoagy Carmichael’s Songs, Volume One, Audiophile ACD-291 — The album is a partly a reissue of the 1983 album Hoagy’s Children – Songs Of Hoagy Carmichael, Audiophile AP-165, but it’s augmented by several more recently recorded tracks. This track was recorded at Seltzer Sound in New York on 17 June 1993.
  • Bill Charlap Trio —  from the album Stardust, Blue Note 7243 5 35985 2 5 (also Blue Note 35985); album recorded 6-8 September 2001 at The Hit Factory in NYC, and released in 2002 — Bill Charlap – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Kenny Washington – drums
  • Paul Kuhn Trio — live performance, from the CD album Unforgettable Golden Jazz Classics, IN+OUT 77050 — According to the site jazzlists.com, the album was released in 2002. However there is certainly no consensus upon that date. Among other release dates for the album claimed by merchants and discographers are 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016.
  • Randy Carmichael — piano solo, published on YouTube, 4 July 2008 — The performer is the second son of Hoagy Carmichael. The video provider says: “After dinner, Randy Carmichael graciously performed at the home of Ed and Judy Thornberg in Richmond, Indiana.”
  • Herbie Steward, Gene DiNovi, Dave Young, Yukio Kimura — from the LP One Morning in May, (Japan) Marshmallow Export MMEX-118LP, released on 21 January 2008
  • trio, featuring 二村希一(piano), 加藤泉(guitar), 横山裕(bass) — 10 November 2011, Tokyo

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Some early vocal recordings, not included in the page:

  • Lanny Ross with orchestra directed by Ray Sinatra – recorded on 27 November 1933; issued on Victor 24493, c/w “The Harbor of Home Sweet Home.”
  • Emil Coleman and his Palais Royal Orchestra, vocal: Jerry Cooper — recorded in New York, New York on 11 January 1934; issued on Columbia 2877-D, c/w “On the Wrong Side of the Fence” — In the UK the same two sides were issued on Regal Zonophone MR 1282, under the name “The Broadway Bandits.”
  • Harry Roy and his Orchestra (from the May Fair Hotel), w/ vocal refrain — recorded on 20 March 1934; issued in May 1934 on (UK) Parlophone R1812, c/w “Mama Don’t Want No Peas an’ Rice an’ Cocoanut Oil”
  • Roy Fox and his Band, vocal: Denny Dennis — recorded on 26 March 1934; issued on (UK) Decca F3943 (F.3943). c/w “You Oughta Be in Pictures”
  • Jack Payne and his Band, vocal: Billy Scott-Coomber — recorded in March 1934, according to RateYourMusic.com, and released in May 1934, according to 78rpmcommunity.com, on (UK) Rex 8147, c/w “Let’s Fall in Love”
  • Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly — recorded on 5 April 1934, (HMV)
  • Marion Harris with unidentified orchestral accompaniment – issued in April 1934 on (UK) Decca F.3954, b/w “Oo-oo-ooh! Honey (What You Do to Me)”
  • Geraldo and his Sweet Music, with unidentified vocalist —  1934 Pathetone short film, identified at britishpathe.com as film ID#1096.14. The original is or was evidently part of the contents of canister PT 216.

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* However, according to the book  Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael, (2009), Richard M. Sudhalter, p. 159, the drummer was Andy Van Sickle.

While daisies nod hello

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It’s so restful in the country
It’s the right kind of diet
You really ought to try it

You lie and dream
Beside a stream
While daisies nod “Hello”

After adding several more recordings to the new page on the Alec Wilder song “It’s So Peaceful in the Country,” it became too large. So I split it up into two parts:

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Recordings included:

part 1, 1941-1960

  • Mildred Bailey and the Delta Rhythm Boys – recorded on 24 June 1941; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 3953, b/w “Lover, Come Back to Me!” (m. Sigmund Romberg, w. Oscar Hammerstein II), B-side recorded by Mildred Bailey — The chorus precedes the verse in this version.*

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  • Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra, vocal: Garry Stephens – recorded on 27 June 1941, and issued on the 78 rpm single OKeh 6291, c/w “What Word is Sweeter than Sweetheart”
  • Harry James and his Orchestra, vocal: Dick Haymes — recorded on 30 June 1941; issued on Columbia 36246, as the B-side of “Yes Indeed!” (Oliver)
  • Barbary Coast Orchestra, of Dartmouth College — label dated 7 December 1942
  • Percy Faith and Mitch Miller — title track from the 1956 album Columbia Records CL 779
  • Mundell Lowe — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ on 20 February 1956; released on the 1956 LP Guitar Moods, Riverside Records RLP 12-208 (Mono)
  • Patti Page — from The Patti Page Show, possibly Episode 1.2, broadcast on 23 June 1956
  • June Christy – from her 1957 album Gone for the Day, Capitol T902 — with orchestra arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo
  • Dick Johnson Quartet — recorded in NYC on 30 October 1957; released on the 1957 album Most Likely…, Riverside Records RLP 12-253
  • The Creed Taylor Orchestra — from the 1958 album Shock Music in Hi-Fi, ABC Paramount Records ABC-259 (Mono), ABCS-259 (Stereo)
  • Tony Bennett with Ralph Sharon and his Orchestra — issued on 16 February 1959 on the 45 rpm single Columbia Records 4-41341, b/w “Being True to One Another”
  • Nelson Riddle — originally released on the 1959 album The Joy of Living, (US) Capitol Records T 1148 (Mono), ST 1148 (Stereo)
  • Joe Wilder — originally released on the 1959 album The Pretty Sound, (US) Columbia CL 1372 (Mono), CS 8173 (Stereo)
  • The Frank Wess Quartet — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on 9 May 1960; released on the 1960 self-titled album (US) Moodsville MVLP 8

  • Tak Shindo — from the 1960 album Accent on Bamboo, (US) Capitol Records T-1433 (Mono), ST-1433 (Stereo)

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City living is a pretty living
It’s so full of unexpected thrills
But there’s too much stone
Too much telephone
There’s too much of everything but trees and hills

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When love is king

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Tonight (22 March) I published a page on the song “Spring, Spring, Spring,” with music by Gene de Paul and words by Johnny Mercer. It was copyrighted in 1953. The title of this post is the last line of the song as heard in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. However, that line is given incorrectly in every online transcription of the lyric that I’ve found as “When all is king.” I suppose Mercer could have been promoting pantheism in the lyric, but he isn’t. The correct line is “When love is king.”

Here is a link to the new page:

Spring, Spring, Spring

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Spring, Spring, Spring (m. Gene de Paul, w. Johnny Mercer) — copyright registration, 26 October 1953 and 7 July 1954; introduced in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Recordings included in the new page:

  • Production number in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) — performed by various cast members, including Howard Keel, Tommy Rall, Russ Tamblyn, Virginia Gibson, Barbara Ames, Betty Allan, etc.
  • From the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers original soundtrack album, M-G-M Records E244 — released in August 1954 — The front cover indicates that the tracks on the 10″ LP were “[r]ecorded directly from the sound track of the M-G-M motion picture” — music: M-G-M Studio Orchestra, conducted by Adolph Deutsch
  • Ruby Murray, Ray Burns, Diana Decker, Ronnie Harris and Ray Martin and his Orchestra — issued in 1955 on the 78 rpm single (UK) Columbia D.B. 3567, c/w “Goin’ Co’tin'” — Discogs.com has “Spring, Spring, Spring” as the A-side, while 45Worlds.com has the sides in the reverse order. “Co’tin'” is a colloquial version of “Courting.”
  • Johnny Mercer with the Paul Smith Trio and The Notables — from the 1956 LP Sings Just for Fun, Jupiter Records JLP 1001
  • Joanie Somers — from her 1963 album Sommers’ Seasons, Warner Bros. Records W 1504 (Mono), WS 1504 (Stereo) [All copies of stereo version covers that I’ve seen have the catalog number 1504 on the front, with no letters.]
  • Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire — from the album A Couple of Song and Dance Men, recorded 15–17 July 1975, at the Music Centre, in Wembley, London, according to Wikipedia; Discogs.com and RateYourMusic.com indicate that the album was released in 1976, though Wikipedia says 1975.
  • Original London Cast of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” — cast album, released in 1986 on (UK) First Night Records CAST 2 (vinyl), and (UK) First Night Records OCR CD8 (CD)
  • Michael Feinstein — from his 1989 LP The M.G.M. Album, on Elektra Records
  • Bonnie Langford with orchestra conducted by Matthew Freeman — originally released on the 1994 CD album Music & Songs from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pickwick PWKS 4209 (sources: 1, 2, 3)
  • Bourneville Musical Theatre Company — production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, April 2008 — The company’s website indicates that it is “[b]ased in Cotteridge in Birmingham, close to the heart of Bournville…”
  • Jalala – live performance, summer 2009 @ Borders, Columbus Circle, NYC — “Spring, Spring, Spring” was the first track on the group’s 2009 album That Old Mercer Magic
  • Relevant Stage Theatre Company — from the November 2010 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA — Darren Giglio (Gideon) and Kendall Lewis (Alice) lead off the number before being joined by other pairs.
  • soulfunkproductions — published on 3 May 2017

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* The correct last line of the version of “Spring, Spring, Spring” heard in the 1954 movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and in the 1955 Ruby Murray et al. version, is “When love is king.” However, the line is given incorrectly in every online lyric site posting a transcription of the lyric that I’ve found, including International Lyrics Playground, though the movie’s subtitles provided by sites such as Subtitle-Index.org, Springfield! Springfield!, and other sites featuring a subtitle grabbing service, do include the correct line. The line may easily be found on such sites with a Find tool.

A YouTube video may be set by the owner of the channel posting it to provide closed captioning, but each of the copies of the 1954 film number that I’ve checked at YouTube either doesn’t have closed captioning, or does a poor job of transcribing the words of the song (case 1), (case 2).

The International Lyrics Playground transcriptions of the 1954 film version and the Crosby and Astaire version each contain other minor errors. A 28 March 2014 post at the site Cinema Gumbo, titled In praise of “Spring, Spring, Spring”, contains a better transcription of the Crosby and Astaire version, except for the inadvertent inclusion of a section of the lyric from the film version that is omitted in their version.

Johnny Mercer’s 1956 version doesn’t include the “When love is king” line, but features a section that I haven’t heard in any other version (see the new page).

Stirring to sing love’s magic music

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Today I published a page on the song “Some Other Spring.” The songs, with music by Irene Kitchings and words by Arthur Herzog, Jr., was registered for copyright in 1939. The first recording seems to have been that by Billie Holiday and her Orchestra, during a session on Wednesday, 5 July 1939. The song is primarily known and performed as a jazz standard. The new page is here:

Some Other Spring

lyric: Poetry Countdown, Billie Holiday Songs, International Lyrics Playground

recordings included in the page:

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  • Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra, vocal: Jean Eldridge — recorded in NYC on 12 September 1939 (1), (2); issued on the single Columbia 35298, c/w “Hallelujah!”
  • Austin Powell Quintet — recorded on 26 February 1951; issued in April 1951 on the 45 rpm single Decca 9-48206, b/w “All This Can’t Be True” — and on the 78 rpm single Decca 48206
  • Benny Carter Quintet with Joe Glover Orchestra — recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, 18 September 1952; originally released on the 10-inch 1954 Benny Carter album The Formidable Benny Carter, Norgran Records MGN-21; later included on the 1956 album Alone Together, Norgran Records MGN 1058, which seems to contain the eight tracks from the 1954 album plus four additional tracks, and is credited on the front cover to “Benny Carter and his strings with the Oscar Peterson Quartet”
  • Jimmy Raney Quartet — recorded at Van Gelder Studios, New York, 28 May 1954; originally released on the 1954 10-inch LP Jimmy Raney Quartet, New Jazz NJLP 1101, which was released in the UK as The Quartet Plays — The four tracks on the 1954 EP were later included as the first four tracks on the LP album A, Prestige PRLP 7089, released in 1957, according to RateYourMusic.com (see link below). “A” album info: JazzDisco.org, RateYourMusic.com, Discogs.com.
  • Art Tatum Trio — recorded in Los Angeles on 27 January 1956; released on the 1957 album Presenting…The Art Tatum Trio, (US) Verve Records MGV-8118

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  • Carmen McRae — from her 1962 album Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday Classics, (US) Columbia CL 1730, which was released on the Philips label in the UK
  • Karin Krog & Dexter Gordon — from the 1970 LP Some Other Spring, Blues and Ballads, (Norway) Sonet SLPS 1407, (Japan) Sonet UPS-2021-N
  • Tommy Flanagan TrioMedley: Some Other Spring / Easy Living — live, 13 July 1977 at the Montreux Jazz Festival; audio released on the 1977 album Montreux ’77, (US) Pablo 2308-202 (I haven’t identified the source of the video footage.) — Tommy Flanagan – piano, Keter Betts – bass, Bobby Durham – drums

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High on a hilltop, love is calling

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Tonight (Tuesday) I published a page on another jazz standard with a spring theme. The new page is here:

Suddenly It’s Spring

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Suddenly It’s Spring (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Johnny Burke)

The song was registered for copyright on 7 December 1943. It was recorded by Ginger Rogers and Don Loper — according to IMDb, SecondHandSongs, and others — for the 1944 feature film Lady in the Dark, though it was cut from the film. A post on the song at The Ginger Rogers Resource says:

Miss Ginger Rogers recorded the song “Suddenly It’s Spring” for the movie Lady in the Dark. When the movie was released in 1944, the song had been left on the cutting room floor BUT the recording was put on a record…

However, the link provided there to a Rogers recording at archive.org is dead, and I’ve been unable to locate the recording elsewhere.

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A chronological list of recordings of the song included in the page:

  • Hildegarde — recorded on 4 January 1944; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 23297, b/w “Leave Us Face It (We’re In Love)”
  • Ginny Simms — recorded on 28 January 1944; issued on the single Columbia 36693, b/w “Irresistible You”
  • Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band , vocal: Johnny Desmond — recorded on 19 February 1944; available on the album The Missing Chapters – Volume 1: American Patrol (2007)
  • Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, vocal: Eugenie Baird — recorded on 28 February 1944; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 18596, b/w “Sure Thing” (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
  • Jerry Cooper with orchestra directed by Wilbur Hatch — evidently a radio broadcast transcription — The provider says, “from June 1, 1944 Spotlight On Music” and “orchestra directed by Wilbur Hatch.”
  • Frank Sinatra – I haven’t been able to date or locate this recording. My guess would be mid- to late 1940s. The audience applause at the beginning suggests that it’s from a live show, though that could be canned. Steve Albin’s extensive list of songs recorded by Sinatra doesn’t include “Suddenly It’s Spring.” The quality of the recording is low. Update: A comment below by 1jazzguy, dated 2018/03/18 at 8:34 am, says:

Sinatra’s version is from a 1945 radio *broadcast.
*From an unknown source, added to the AFRS rebroadcast.

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  • The Fabulous Five — from the 1966 album Lara’s Theme, Power Records D406 (Mono), DS 406 (Stereo)
  • Joe Albany — from the 1972 album Proto-Bopper, released on Revelation Records in the US and Spotlite Records in the UK
  • Zoot Sims Quartet— recorded on 26 May 1983 in New York City; from the 1983 LP Suddenly It’s Spring, Pablo Records 2310-898
  • Fraser MacPherson Quartet — from the 1987 album Honey and Spice, Justin Time JUST-23-1

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March Winds and April Showers

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March Winds and April Showers (Walter G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup, Teddy Powell)

chorus lyric: adapted from a transcription posted by Auld_Carl_Hood, in the thread Poem about months of the year, at The AnswerBank*

March winds and April showers
Make way for sweet May flowers
And then comes June, the moon, and you

March winds and April showers
Romance will soon be ours
An outdoor paradise for two

With your lips to mine
In a thrill divine
I’ll be so inspired
That I’ll get you the Moon for a toy balloon

March winds and April showers
Make way for happy hours
And Maytime, June time, love time, and you

Victor Young and his Orchestra, vocal: Jimmie Ray — recorded on 7 February 1935; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 378, b/w “When Love Knocks at Your Heart” (m. Peter de Rose, w. Billy Hill)

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Ruth Etting — recorded on 11 February 1935; issued on Columbia 3014D, as the B-side of “Things Might Have Been So Different” (m. J. Fred Coots, w. Sam M. Lewis)

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Abe Lyman and his California Orchestra, vocal: Louis Rapp — recorded on 12 February 1935; issued on Brunswick 7389, b/w “I’m Misunderstood”

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More

Before the rising sun, we fly

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Today I published a second page on the song “We’ve Only Just Begun,” featuring a couple of dozen recordings that were omitted from my original page. The original page, published on 23 June 2014, is here: We’ve Only Just Begun. The sequel is not a chronological extension of the first page. Instead, as I did with the first page, I’ve selected recordings from among those released since 1970.

Here’s a link to the new page: We’ve Only Just Begun — part 2

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We’ve Only Just Begun (m. Roger Nichols, w. Paul Williams)

Wikipedia:

lyric (Carpenter’s version):

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Recordings included in the new page:

  • Dionne Warwick — from the album Very Dionne, (US) Scepter SPS 587, released in December 1970
  • Billy Eckstine — from his 1971 LP Feel the Warm, (UK) Stax 2362-019, (US) Enterprise ENS-1017
  • Nora Aunor — from the 1971 album The Song of My Life, (Philippines) Alpha Records LPM-036
  • The Don Tweedy Chorus and Orchestra — from their 1971 self-titled album on Ovation Records
  • The Alan Tew Orchestra — from the 1971 album These I Like, (UK, US) CBS 64424
  • The Moments — from the 1972 album Live at the Miss Black America Pageant, Stang Records ST-1015
  • The Temprees — originally included on their 1972 LP Lovemen, We Produce Records XPS-1901
  • Peter Nero — from his 1972 album Summer of ’42, (US) Columbia C-31105
  • O’Donel Levy — originally released on his 1972 LP Breeding of Mind, Groove Merchant GM 507
  • Jack Jones — from his 1973 album Together, (UK) RCA Victor SF 8342, (US) RCA Victor APL1-0139
  • George Jackson — issued in November 1973 on the single MGM Records K-14680, b/w “You Can’t Run Away from Love”
  • Warren “Donnell” Hickman and The San Francisco Inspirational Choir, featuring soloist: David Gardner — from the 1974 LP He Didn’t Have to Do It, Jewel Records LPS 0093
  • Leslie Butler Plus 3 — from the 1975 album We’ve Only Just Begun, (Jamaica) Federal Records FRM 134
  • Phil Woods / Michel Legrand and Orchestra — from the 1975 album Images, RCA Victor BGL1-1027
  • Bobby Womack & Brotherhood, featuring a vocal duet with Peggy Young — from the 1976 album Home is Where the Heart Is, (US) Columbia PC 34384
  • Bing Crosby with Pete Moore and his Orchestra — recorded on 29 October 1976 at Hollywood, CA, and included on the 1977 album Beautiful Memories, United Artists Records UAS 30116 — It was the penultimate Bing Crosby album completed before his death on 14 October 1977.
  • Lynn Anderson —  from her the 1982 compilation album The Best Of Lynn Anderson – Memories And Desires, ERA Records NU 5230 — I believe this recording was previously unreleased.
  • Salena Jones — from her 2001 album Those Eyes

recent piano solo

recent choir

  • Elementary school children’s choir — Spring Concert, 2009; unidentified school and location, evidently in the Brownsville, TX area
  • Ocean City High School Choir — Spring Concert, 2010
  • Glad Community Choir — Glasgow, Scotland; published on 10 June 2017

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