As Time Goes By
As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfeld) has become well-known owing to it being a centerpiece and leitmotif of the 1942 film Casablanca, one of the most popular in film history. Hupfeld wrote the song for the 1931 Broadway musical Everybody’s Welcome in which it was sung by Frances Williams. Several other covers were recorded that year including one by Rudy Vallée.
The song was re-introduced in 1942 in the film Casablanca, sung by Dooley Wilson accompanied by pianist Elliot Carpenter and heard throughout the film as a leitmotif. Wilson was unable to record a single of the song at the time due to a musicians’ strike, leading the studio to re-issue Vallée’s 1931 recording and giving Vallée a number one hit in 1942. – adapted from Wikipedia
An excerpt from the WICN.org Song of the Week feature:
The song “As Time Goes By” and the film Casablanca are inextricably intertwined; it is nearly impossible to think of one without the other. That wasn’t always so. “As Time Goes By” was written in 1931, eleven years before Casablanca debuted. That year the song appeared in a modestly successful Broadway play, Everybody’s Welcome, and crooner Rudy Vallee’s recording reached fifteenth place on the pop charts. After that, the song was virtually forgotten and its composer, Herman Hupfeld, moved on to other musicals. In the 1930s he was better known for his novelty song, “When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba.”
“As Time Goes By” wasn’t forgotten by Murray Burnett, a student at Cornell University in 1931 and future playwright-to-be, who purchased the Vallee recording and wore it out. In 1938, while vacationing on the French Rivera, he heard “As Time Goes By” played by a black pianist at a nightclub that was frequented by the French, Nazis and refugees, La Belle Aurora. Struck by the juxtaposition of the nightclub scene with the atmosphere of pre-war Europe, after returning home he co-wrote with Joan Alison a play entitled Everybody Comes to Rick’s. In the play, Rick Blaine, the hard-bitten and cynical bar owner of a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco, helps an idealistic Czech resistance fighter, Victor Lazlo, escape from the Nazis with the woman Rick loves, Ilsa Lund.
Rudy Vallée and his Connecticut Yankees
The Columbians, featuring vocals by Smith Ballew
Dooley Wilson as the character Sam in Casablanca.
Billie Holiday — recorded 1 April 1944 in New York with Eddie Heywood and his Orchestra — Doc Cheatham (tp) Lem Davis (as) Vic Dickenson (tb) Eddie Heywood (p) John Simmons (b) Sid Catlett (d) Billie Holiday (v)
Frank Sinatra – recorded 12 September 1961, arr. Axel Stordahl
Barbra Streisand – from The Third Album
David Matthews and Friends — A group of musicians from the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra featuring Ryan Kisor on Trumpet