Goodbye (to be amended)
Goodbye (Gordon Jenkins)
Jenkins had written the song [in 1934 says jazzstandards.com] while working with the Isham Jones orchestra; Jones allegedly rejected it as “too sad”. Music critic Alec Wilder described “Goodbye” as “as sad a song I know” and Leonard Feather called it among his “top ten songs it would be hardest to tire of hearing”.
Jenkins’ son, the sportswriter Bruce Jenkins, wrote a biography of his father entitled Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins. While researching the biography, Jenkins interviewed the singer Martha Tilton, who had performed with the Benny Goodman orchestra. Tilton revealed that the song was written by Jenkins after the death of his first wife in childbirth.
The song was used as the closing theme for radio broadcasts by the Benny Goodman orchestra, and was recorded several times by Goodman in the mid 1930’s. It was recorded by Frank Sinatra for his 1958 album, Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, and Ella Fitzgerald for her 1982 album The Best Is Yet to Come. Sinatra and Fitzgerald’s versions were both arranged by Nelson Riddle.
Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – 1935
Dinah Washington – 1955 – Dinah Washington (vocal), Wynton Kelly (piano), unknown (guitar), Keter Betts (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Hal Mooney (arrange, conduct) and Unidentified Orchestra
Frank Sinatra – recorded 26 June 1958 – arranged by Nelson Riddle, released on the album Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, September 1958
Stan Getz with John Williams and the Boston Pops. Stan Getz (saxophone), Bob Winter (piano), John Lockwood (bass), Grady Tate (drums) – date unknown