September Song

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September Song (m. Kurt Weill, w. Maxwell Anderson) was introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday, which enjoyed only moderate success and closed after six months. The song has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was used in the 1950 film September Affair, and the popularity of the film caused Huston’s recording to hit the top of the 1950 hit parade.It was used as the music for the credits in the television series May to December (a quote from the opening line of the song).

It originated from Walter Huston’s request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday, if he was going to play the role of the aged dictator Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song specifically for Huston’s gruff voice and limited vocal range, in a couple of hours.The musical closed in April 1939 after six months, but the song quickly became established as a modern standard.  – adapted from wikipedia

Walter Huston with Victor Young and his Orchestra – 1938

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Lotte Lenya – recorded August 1957 and released on the album September Song and Other American Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill, according to the Lotte Lenya discography at the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

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Teddy Wilson Quartet, vocal by Sarah Vaughan – New York, November 1946 — Teddy Wilson-p, Charlie Ventura-ts, Remo Palmieri-g, Billy Taylor-b, Sarah Vaughn-v

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Frank Sinatra

recorded 30 July 1946, arrangement Axel Stordahl

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Django Reinhardt – two recordings from 1947. I’m unsure of the dates and musician credits as Django recorded the song 4 times this year, in Paris and Brussels with various lineups.

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Django Reinhardt 1950 (date unknown) Rome – Django Reinhardt (elg), Andre Ekyan (as,cl), Ralph Schecroun (p) Alf Masselier (b), Roger Paraboschi (d)

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Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, ensemble vocal – 1951

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Billy Eckstine – 1955

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Ella Fitzgerald accompanied on piano by Paul Smith — 1960 (remastered) — As is often the case, Ella sings the verse (the introduction) which most vocalists omit.

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Frank Sinatra11 September 1961, arrangement: Axel Stordahl

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David Matthews and Friends, a group of musicians associated with the MJO  — featuring David Spinozza: guitar, Chris Hunter: saxophone (huntercsax.com), Zev Katz: bass, Terry Silverlight: drums, and David Matthews: piano, arranger

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