Too Marvelous for Words



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


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


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


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


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”


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

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


Lester Young – date unknown


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


Gerry Mulligan Quartet-c.1953-1-d24

Gerry Mulligan-Chet Baker-2-f20

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)


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)


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


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


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

Live in Rio – 2009



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