When Your Lover Has Gone


When Your Lover Has Gone (Einar Aaron Swan)

From Wikipedia:

Einar Swan-1926-with-members-of-Vincent-Lopez-Sax-Section-c1-d40Einar Aaron Swan (born Einar (Eino) William Swan) (March 20, 1903 – August 8, 1940) was an American musician, arranger and composer. Born of Finnish parents who had emigrated to the United States at the turn of the century, he was the second of nine children.

Born in Massachusetts, his father was a keen amateur musician and before Einar Swan had entered his teens, he played violin, clarinet, saxophone and piano. At the age of 16 he was already playing in his own dance band, Swanie’s Serenaders, and travelling around Massachusetts for three years. Swan’s main instrument had been the violin but during this period he switched to alto saxophone.

Around 1924, the bandleader Sam Lanin invited Swan to join his orchestra at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom, and Swan played with leading musicians such as cornettist Red Nichols, and members of The Charleston Chasers Vic Berton (drums) and Joe Tarto (tuba), with whom he soon started composing and arranging material for the orchestra. He also started arranging for the other resident band at the Roseland Ballroom, Fletcher Henderson’s orchestra.

After five months with Lanin, Swan joined Vincent Lopez’s band in 1925 and went on tour to England. The band at that time also featured Mike Mosiello, Xavier Cugat and his old bandmate Joe Tarto.1931-When-Your-Lover-Has-Gone-(Swan)-1 Shortly thereafter, the Bar Harbor Society Orchestra released “Trail of Dreams” credited to Swan and Klage.

Around 1930 Swan stopped working as a musician and concentrated on arrangements, starting to work for radio programmes and bandleaders such as Eddie Cantor collaborator Dave Rubinoff and Raymond Paige.

In 1931 he wrote “When Your Lover Has Gone” which was featured in the James Cagney film Blonde Crazy (1931). The song became a hit and has since been covered by many other performers such as Lee Wiley, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.


Gene Austin — 78 rpm single Victor 22635, c/w Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone, recorded on 5 February 1931


The Charleston Chasers — recorded in New York on 9 February 1931; issued as Columbia 2404-D, b/w Walkin’ My Baby Back Home (m. Fred Ahlert, w. Roy Turk)


Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra — recorded in Chicago on 29 April 1931 (source: The Louis Armstrong Discography at michaelminn.net); released as Okeh 41498, c/w Blue Again (m. Jimmy McHugh, w. Dorothy Fields)

Armstrong, Louis (Trumpet, Vocal)
Randolph, Zilner (Trumpet)
Jackson, Preston (Trombone)
Boone, Lester (Clarinet, Alto Saxophone)
James, George (Reeds)
Washington, Albert (Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Alexander, Charlie (Piano)
McKendrick, Mike (Banjo, Guitar)
Lindsay, John (Bass)
Hall, Tubby (Drums)



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Bert Lown and his Biltmore Hotel Orchestra, with vocal by male trio — Victor 22652, b/w Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone, recorded in NYC on 5 March 1931


Maxine Sullivan — 1942


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Eddie Condon and his Orchestra — Decca 78 rpm single 23393, b/w Wherever There’s Love (There’s You And I), released in 1944; featured musicians include: Bobby Hackett (trumpet), Jack Teagarden (trombone) and Eddie Condon (guitar)


Frank Sinatra — recorded in Hollywood on 19 December 1944; arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl



Lee Wiley and Eddie Condon — “Town Hall” Jazz Group, Blue Network recording, NYC, 30 December 1944


Billie Holiday_prob. Pep's Musical Bar_25-30 April 1955_2

Billie Holiday and her Orchestra — recorded on 23 August 1955 at Radio Recorders studio in Los Angeles


Teddy Wilson Trio — recorded in NYC on 1 February 1955; released on the 1955 the LP For Quiet Lovers

Teddy Wilson – piano
Milt Hinton – bass
Jo Jones – drums


Frank Sinatra — eighth track of the LP In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, released in April 1955



Johnny Hartman — from side two of his 1956 album Songs from the Heart, Bethlehem Records BCP-43 — Johnny Hartman (vocal), Howard McGhee (trumpet), Ralph Sharon (piano), Jay Cave (bass), Christy Febbo (drum)




Eddie Heywood — from the 1956 album At Twilight, Epic LN 3327, featuring a combination of recordings by Eddie Heywood and Joe Bushkin

presently unavailable


Gerry Mulligan Quartet, featuring Chet Baker

Chet Baker (trumpet) Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone) Henry Grimes (bass) Dave Bailey (drums) — released on the 1958 World Pacific LP Gerry Mulligan Quartet — Reunion With Chet Baker (PJ 1241); album recorded in NYC on 3, 11 & 17 December 1957


Helen Merrill — recorded in Rome in 1960 for the Italian television program “Moderato Swing” with Piero Umiliani and His Orchestra — originally released on the 1961 LP Parole E Musica, RCA Victor LPM-10105

Tonino Ferrelli: bass
Ralph Ferraro: drums
Gino Marinacci: flute
Enzo Grillini: guitar
Piero Umiliani: piano, celesta
Nino Culasso: trumpet
Helen Merrill: vocal


Judy Garland — from The Judy Garland Show, Episode 24 — taped: 23 February 1964, airdate: 15 March 1964




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Silver Blue
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 20:52:16

    Sue Raney does a lovely version too.

    Liked by 1 person


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