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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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Look out, it’s coming in your direction

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Hi, folks! Hope you’ve been having a splendid summer. I published a new page tonight (Thursday 30 August), on the song “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” It was written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross*, and introduced in 1966 by Dee Dee Warwick. Here’s a link to the page:

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me

The page includes the following recordings:

  • Dee Dee Warwick with back vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson — issued in November 1966 on the single Mercury 72638**, c/w “Yours Until Tomorrow” (Goffin & King) — produced by Jerry Ross, arranged by Jimmy Wisner — US singles chart success: #13 R&B, #88 Hot 100 in December 1966

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  • Dee Dee Warwick — B-side of the single (UK) Mercury MF 953, issued in December 1966, with “Yours Until Tomorrow” as the A-side
  • Jerry Butler — from the 1967 album Soul Artistry, Mercury Records SR 61105, SR-61105 (Stereo), MG 21105, MG-21105 (Mono)
  • Madeline Bell — originally released in November 1967 on her album Bell’s A Poppin’, and issued in January 1968 on the single Philips 40517, b/w “Picture Me Gone” (Taylor, Gorgoni) — Billboard Hot 100 singles chart success: #26 Hot 100, #32 R&B in April 1968
    • Madeline Bell — Beat Club promo video

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  • Aesop’s Fables — issued in July 1968 on the single Cadet Concept 7005, b/w “They Go Out and Get It” — also released in 1969 on the LP (US, Canada) In Due Time, Cadet Concept LPS-323
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations — A recording of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” is included on their collaborative album Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, which was released on 8 November 1968. Less than two weeks later, a slightly shorter edit (2:56 vs. 3:05 on the album) was issued on the single Motown M 1137 (also M-1137, MOTOWN 1137, etc.), b/w “A Place in the Sun.” Released on 21 November 1968, it became a top ten hit, peaking at #2 for two weeks in December that year.
  • The Lennon Sisters — originally released on their 1968 album The Lennon Sisters Today!!, Mercury SR 61164, SR-61164
  • The Temptations — performed live on The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 21, Episode 16 — airdate: 2 February 1969
  • Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross — live performance taped for the television series The Hollywood Palace, Season 6, Episode 22 — airdate: 8 March 1969

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  • Reuben Wilson — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 21 March 1969; released on the 1969 album Love Bug, Blue Note BST 84317 — personnel: Reuben Wilson – organ, Lee Morgan – trumpet, George Coleman – tenor saxophone, Grant Green – guitar, Leo Morris – drums
  • Count Buffalo & The Jazz Rock Band — from the album Soul & Rock, (Japan) Denon ‎CD-5010, released on 25 July 1969
  • Peter Nero — originally released on his 1969 album I’ve Gotta Be Me, Columbia CS 9800; album reissued in the UK in 1973 under the title Piano Magic of Peter Nero, Embassy EMB 31008
  • Roy Meriwether — from his 1969 album Preachin‘, Capitol Records, ST 243, ST-243

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See also Songbook’s other Gamble & Huff pages:

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* Although Billboard, on page 18 of its 12 November 1966 issue, and the labels of early recordings credited only “Gamble-Ross” (Kenny Gamble and Jerry Ross) as writers of the song, BMI presently credits Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross as the songwriters. On disagreements regarding the songwriting credits, Wikipedia says:

Most versions of the song credit the songwriting to Jerry Ross and Kenny Gamble, who were the only two writers named on original record labels. Some recordings also credit Jerry Williams as a third writer, although BMI and some other sources credit Leon Huff, rather than Williams.

** According to 45cat.com, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” is on the A-side of the US single Mercury 72638, and “Yours Until Tomorrow” is on the B-side. This order is confirmed in the 12 November 1966 issue of Billboard Magazine, where the single is announced on page 18, in the “Pop Spotlights” column. On the corresponding UK single, Mercury MF 953, the sides are reversed.

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 20 October 2005 on the DVD “La Nuit Americaine” — 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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