Little Girl Blue


Little Girl Blue (m. Richard Rodgers, w. Lorenz Hart) was introduced at the Hippodrome in the show Jumbo (1935) by Gloria Grafton.


In his book The Song Is Ended: Songwriters and American Music, 1900-1950, William G. Hyland says, “The songs [from Jumbo] eventually caught on, but not at first because Rose insisted they not be played outside the theater, lest audiences lose interest.” That perhaps explains why Margaret Whiting’s version of “Little Girl Blue” didn’t chart until 1947 and played for only one week, topping at #25. It was left to vocalist/pianist Nina Simone to refocus attention on the song which became a signature tune for her in 1958 when she released her debut album entitled Little Girl Blue.


Frank Sinatra – recorded 6 November 1953; arranged by Nelson Riddle (based upon an  arrangement by George Siravo according to the Sinatra discography at


Hank Jones –  recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey 1955 — Hank Jones: piano, Kenny Clarke: drums, Wendell Marshall: bass

The provider mentions that he recorded it from a radio broadcast in 2005.



Henry (Hank) Mobley (July 7, 1930 – May 30, 1986) was an American hard bop and soul jazz tenor saxophonist and composer. Mobley was described by Leonard Feather as the “middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone”, a metaphor used to describe his tone that was neither as aggressive as John Coltrane nor as mellow as Stan Getz. This description suggested to some that Mobley was mediocre. In addition, as his style was laid-back, subtle and melodic, especially in contrast with players like Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, it took connoisseurs until after his demise to fully appreciate his talent. The critic Stacia Proefrock claimed he is “one of the more underrated musicians of the bop era.”

Hank Mobley Sextet – Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ – 20 July 1956 — Personnel:
Hank Mobley – Tenor Sax, Barry Harris – Piano, Doug Watkins – Bass, Art Taylor – Drums * Donald Byrd & Jackie McLean sit out


Judy Garland — recorded on 6 February 1957 with an orchestra conducted by Gordon Jenkins


Nina Simone

From her debut album, Little Girl Blue, released in 1958 —  She repeatedly interpolates Good King Wenceslas as counterpoint on the piano



Montreux – 1976


Janis Joplin – from her 1969 LP I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!


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