Too Marvelous for Words

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Too Marvelous for Words (m. Richard A. Whiting, w. Johnny Mercer)

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It was featured in the 1937 Warner Brothers film Ready, Willing and Able, as well as a production number in a musical revue on Broadway. It then became the love theme in the 1947 film noir Dark Passage directed by Delmer Daves, first in a version sung by Jo Stafford, then just instrumental as the love that finally reunites Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart is Too Marvelous for Words indeed. – Wikipedia

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Ready, Willing and Able (1937) film — sung by Ross Alexander (dubbed by James Newill) and Wini Shaw and chorus; danced to by Ruby Keeler, Lee Dixon and chorus

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Leo Reisman and his Orchestra, vocal: Jimmy Brierly — recorded on 4 February 1937; issued on Brunswick 7831, c/w “Just a Quiet Evening”

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Bing Crosby with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra — recorded on 3 March 1937; issued on Decca 1185, c/w “What Will I Tell My Heart”

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Nat King Cole Trio – recorded 11 April 1946 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood

  • Nat Cole – vocal, piano
  • Oscar Moore – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass

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Lester Young – date unknown

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Jo Stafford – this recording was featured in the film Dark Passage (1954) starring Bogart and Bacall

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Lee Konitz —  recorded 23 January 1953 at “The Haig,” Hollywood

Chet Baker (trumpet) Lee Konitz (alto saxophone) Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone) Carson Smith (bass) Larry Bunker (drums)

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Billie Holiday — Session #71 Los Angeles 3 September 1954 Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (Verve) — Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (tp) Willie Smith (as) Bobby Tucker (p) Barney Kessel (g) Red Callender (b) Chico Hamilton (d) Billie Holiday (v)

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Frank Sinatra – released on the album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers – recorded 16 January 1956

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Mike Simpson and Orchestra — from the 1961 LP Discussion in Percussion, Mercury PPS-2004

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Diana Krall – from the album Quiet Nights, released 31 March 2009

Live in Rio – 2009

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