My Shining Hour


My Shining Hour (m. Harold Arlen, w. Johnny Mercer)

Fred Astaire and Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland) in the film The Sky’s the Limit (1943)


Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, vocal: Eugenie Baird — recorded on 1 October 1943; issued on Decca 18567, as the B-side of “My Heart Tells Me” (m. Harry Warren, w. Mack Gordon)


Frank Sinatra — arrangement by Axel Stordahl; radio broadcast transcript from 12 January 1944 episode of the “The Vimms Vitamins Show” (CBS); issued on Columbia V-Disc: 166-B (Army)


Jane Froman — issued in June 1953 on the 45rpm single Capitol F2496, b/w “If I Love You a Mountain”


Manhattan Jazz Septette (LP) CRL 57090-recorded 7 June 1956

Manhattan Jazz Septette — recorded in New York on 7 June 1956; released on the album The Manhattan Jazz Septette, Coral CRL 57090

musician credits, for the album:
Eddie Costa – piano, vibraphone
Oscar Pettiford – bass
Barry Gailbraith – guitar
Herbie Mann – flute, tenor saxophone
Hal McKusick – alto saxophone
Urbie Green – trombome
Osie Johnson – drums


1957 Diahann Carrol Sings Harold Arlen Songs (LP)-RCA Victor ‎LPM 1467 (1a)

Diahann Carroll with Ralph Burns and his Orchestra — from the album Sings Harold Arlen Songs, RCA Victor ‎LPM 1467


1961 Coltrane Jazz-John Coltrane-Atlantic ‎1354-c1

John Coltrane Quartet – recorded on 2 December 1959; issued on the 1961 album Coltrane Jazz

John Coltrane – tenor sax
Wynton Kelly – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums


André Previn — from the 1961 album André Previn Plays Songs by Harold Arlen‎, Contemporary Records ‎S7586 (Stereo), M3586 (Mono); recorded on 4&5 May 1960 in Los Angeles


June Christy with Stan Kenton and his Orchestra – live 1965


Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Count Basie Orchestra, from the “Frank Sinatra Spectacular,” a charity event that was broadcast live on 20 June 1965 in some cities from the “Kiel Opera House” in St. Louis; Davis is introduced by the host Johnny Carson


Nancy Wilson – date unknown


Stan Getz with John Williams and the Boston Pops –  Bob Winter: piano, John Lockwood: bass, Grady Tate: drums, date unknown


Howard Alden – recorded at the Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington D.C. on 27 January 2006



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Zakk Jones
    Jan 22, 2016 @ 09:08:49

    Just wanted to let you know this blog has been really helpful for me in learning standards accurately while getting some historical context. Thank you for everything!


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