the spark of a firefly’s fling


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


  • 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


  • 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


* 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:


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