Tangerine (m. Victor Schertzinger, w. Johnny Mercer) was introduced by Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocals: Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell in the Paramount Pictures musical film The Fleet’s In (1942). The song was published in 1941. The film, starring Dorothy Lamour and William Holden and directed by Victor Schertzinger, was the second film version of the 1933 stage play Sailor, Beware! by Kenyon Nicholson and Charles Robinson.

Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, vocals: Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell, in The Fleet’s In (1942)


The Squadronairs, officially The (British) Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra – 1942


Nat King Cole – Recorded 4 October 1956, according to the Nat King Cole discography, A Pile o’ Cole’s. A provider at one video library indicates that the track was unreleased until 1987.


Beegie Adair – Instrumental, 1970s (?). I don’t know the date of the recording, but evidently it was used in a TV commercial for Figurines diet candy bars.


Dizzy Gillespie – date unknown. There is a Gillespie recording catalogued as Verve 89173, from 7 April 1957 (NYC), but I don’t know if this is it.


Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, from Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster — Recorded: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA 16 October 1957


Gene Ammons Quartet – recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ – 27 January 1961

Gene Ammons – tenor sax
Richard Wyands – piano
Doug Watkins – bass
J.C. Heard – drums
Ray Barretto – congas


1962 Moe Koffman-Tales of Koffman-United Artists Jazz ‎UAJS 15029 (Stereo)

Moe Koffman — from his 1962 LP Tales of Koffman, United Artists Jazz ‎UAJS 15029 (Stereo), UAJ 14029 (Mono)


Lennie Tristano – Copenhagen, 1965


Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

The group released this recording in 1965 on their album Whipped Cream and Other Delights.


Chet Baker — The album is She Was Too Good to Me, 1974. Considered by some a comeback album for Baker. The title is a modification of the title of a Rodgers & Hart song from 1930 that was the second track on the album, after Autumn Leaves.

Chet Baker – Trumpet/Vocals
Ron Carter – Bass
Bob James – Piano/Keyboard
Paul Desmond – Alto Sax
Steve Gadd – Drums


Eliane Elias – from her album Dreamer, 2004


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. peter krottje
    May 21, 2016 @ 18:57:54

    Just finished watching Double Indemnity. Tangerine plays in the background late in the movie. A little googling led me to this site. Very nice—I’m gonna bookmark it. Thanks.



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