September Song


September Song (m. Kurt Weill, w. Maxwell Anderson)

From Wikipedia:

“September Song” is an American standard popular song composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. It was introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical production Knickerbocker Holiday. After being used in the 1950 film September Affair, the song has been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was also used during screen credits in the British television series May to December, the name of which quotes the opening line of the song.

The song originated from Walter Huston’s request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday if he was to play the role of the aged governor of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song in a couple of hours for Huston’s gruff voice and limited vocal range.[1]

Walter Huston with Victor Young and his Orchestra – 1938


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


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


Frank Sinatra

recorded 30 July 1946, arrangement Axel Stordahl



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


Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, ensemble vocal – 1951


Billy Eckstine – 1955


Ella Fitzgerald accompanied on piano by Paul Smith — 1960 (remastered) — As is often the case with Ella, she sings the verse that precedes the chorus, which is typically omitted by vocalists.


Frank Sinatra11 September 1961, arrangement: Axel Stordahl


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


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