I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart



I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (m. Duke Ellington, w. Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, John Redmond) — There were five charting hit recordings (presumably on Billboard’s Hit Parade) in 1938. Both Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman had hit the top of the chart with Ellington’s remaining there for nineteen weeks, the longest run for one of his hits.

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra1938


Martha Tilton 3Martha Tilton, CBS 1

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, vocal: Martha Tilton – recorded 22 April 1938


Mildred Bailey with Red Norvo and his Orchestra – 1938


Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz – with the Oscar Peterson Trio and drummer Max Roach – 1953


Thelonius Monk – recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ,  21 & 27 July 1955

Released on Thelonious Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington, 1955, Riverside RLP 12-201 (also issued on Riverside RS 3015 entitled “Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington“)


Toots Thielemans – recorded 1955


Lena Horne – from the album Alive and Lovely – 1962


American Patrol Orchestra – undated



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