Will You Still Be Mine


Will You Still Be Mine (m. Matt Dennis, w. Thomas Adair) – 1940

From Wikipedia’s brief biographical sketch of Matt Dennis:

He was born in Seattle, Washington. His mother was a violinist and his father a singer, and the family was in vaudeville, so he was early exposed to music. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt’s orchestra as a vocalist and pianist. Later on, he formed his own band, with Dick Haymes as vocalist. He became vocal coach, arranger, and accompanist for Martha Tilton, and worked with a new vocal group, the Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford, one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded Dorsey to hire Dennis as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically, with fourteen of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year alone, including “Everything Happens to Me,” an early hit for Frank Sinatra.

Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocal: Connie Haines — recorded in New York City on 15 July 1941

Charlie Peterson, Al Stearns, Ziggy Elman, Jimmy Blake(tp); Tommy Dorsey, George Arus, Dave Jacobs, Lowell Martin(tb); Fred Stulce, Manny Gershman(as); Heinie Beau, Don Lodice, Bruce Snyder(ts); Joe Bushkin(p); Clark Yocum(g); Sid Weiss(b); Buddy Rich(ds); Connie Haines(voc)


Erroll Garner Trio — from the 1953 Columbia album Erroll Garner (Cl 535)

Erroll Garner: piano
Wyatt Ruther: bass
Eugene “Fats” Heard: drums


Matt Dennis — Recorded live at the Tally-Ho in Hollywood, 1953(?) — Matt Dennis (p, vcl), Gene Englund (b), Mark Barnett (d) —  Released on the Kapp Records (KL-1024) LP Plays and Sings Matt Dennis, 1956


Red Mitchell — recorded in Hollywood on 27 September 1955; released in 1956 on the LP Red Mitchell, Bethlehem Records BCP 38


Red Garland Trio — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, on 9 August 1957; issued on the 1957 album Groovy, Prestige ‎7113


Cy Coleman – live on Art Ford’s Greenwich Village Party (local New York TV), 1956 or 1957


Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney — from the pair’s early 1960s radio show The Bing Crosby – Rosemary Clooney Show

From the archive.org page The Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show – Single Episodes:

In 1960, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney teamed together in The Bing Crosby – Rosemary Clooney Show on CBS. This was a 20 minute show aimed at female listeners and was broadcast at 11:40 a.m. daily. Bing and Rosie would tape the dialogue weeks in advance and songs would be interpolated. The songs would usually feature Bing and Rosie singing solos and often a duet. Songs were repeated on many occasions. Murdo MacKenzie was again the producer. The shows commenced on February 29, 1960 and continued without a break until November 2, 1962 when Bing’s long association with radio in the USA effectively ended.

“Will You Still Be Mine” is the first song performed in the premiere episode of the series, originally broadcast on 29 February 1960.

audio file, VBR MP3 (8.7 MB), from the page The Bing Crosby-Rosemary Clooney Show – Single Episodes, at archive.org:

full episode


song only



Musings of Miles-Miles Davis-1955-1a

Miles Davis – from the album The Musings of Miles – recorded 7 June 1955 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey


Cal Tjader – from the 1980 album Gozame! Pero Ya


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