Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year

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Frank Loesser (5a)Deanna Durbin-Christmas Holiday (1944) 1

Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year (Frank Loesser)

FrankLoesser.com1944 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year-sheet music-2a-50p dates the song 1943. The earliest broadcast performance of the song that I’m aware of is that by Connie Haines in the 2 March 1944 episode of the Abbott and Costello Show (radio).

The first issued recording listed by SecondHandSongs.com is that by Johnnie Johnston with Paul Weston and his Orchestra, released in March 1944. The song was featured in the 1944 film Christmas Holiday, where it is sung by Deanna Durbin. Recordings were made by Percy Faith, 24 April 1944 (Decca 23344, c/w “Amor”), and by Morton Downey, 8 May 1944, well before the general release of the film on 30 June 1944, but each was issued in June 1944 and it’s unclear whether either release preceded that of the film. Other early recordings not included below are those by Ambrose and his Orchestra, with vocal by Anne Shelton, issued on (UK) Decca F.8480, and by Leslie Hutchinson, on HMV B.D.1091.

In the biography of her father, A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life...(2000), by Susan Loesser, on page 61 the author says:

This song is one of his few melancholy ones, but it is not without hope. Nor does it lack a clear-eyed sense of reality. Frank Loesser lyrics are rarely up in the clouds. Usually they are true to the way people actually think and talk, and often they include a dimension of self-observation. In this one, the analogy of the coming of spring with the return of happiness is hardly innovative. What makes it a Loesser song is the idea of the season’s slow start. It doesn’t make the mood less sad, but it makes it clever at the same time.

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Connie Haines-BLUE radio, inscribed to Herman-1a Connie Haines — radio broadcast transcription from the 2 March 1944 episode of the Abbott and Costello Show, featuring Hedda Hopper — The video provider notes that Ms. Haines was a feature vocal stylist on the show during the years 1942-1946. I haven’t identified the orchestra. Wikipedia says, “The show went through several orchestras during its radio life, including those of Ennis, Charles Hoff, Matty Matlock, Matty Malneck, Jack Meakin, Will Osborne, Fred Rich, Leith Stevens, and Peter van Steeden.”

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Johnnie Johnston-inscribed to DeannaJohnnie Johnston-46-inscribed-ss

Johnnie Johnston with Paul Weston and his Orchestra — recording date unknown; issued in March 1944 on Capitol 152, c/w “Irresistible You”

I don’t know if the following recording incorporates the Capitol 152 side. The provider indicates that the recording is from Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) Personal Album episode #368. The voice introducing the music is presumably Johnnie Johnston.

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1944 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year-Morton Downey-Decca 18607-1-c1ca. 1940s --- Singer Morton Downey --- Image by © John Springer Collection/CORBIS

Morton Downey with orchestra directed by Jimmy Lytell* – recorded on 8 May 1944; issued on Decca 18607, c/w “Christopher Robinson Saying His Prayers”

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Deanna Durbin in Christmas Holiday (1944) — The NY première of the film was on 28 June 1944; general release followed on 30 June.

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Evelyn Knight — according to the provider, the following recording is a broadcast transcription from a “July 16, 1944 Radio Hall Of Fame radio program [,with] orchestra directed by Paul Whiteman.”

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1944 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year-Geraldo and his Orch.-Parlophone F 2047 (30p)

Geraldo and his Orchestra; vocal: Johnny Green — recorded on 7 November 1944; issued on (UK) Parlophone F 2047, c/w “It Could Happen to You”

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Deanna Durbin in Lady on a Train (1945)-21945 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year-Deanna Durbin-Decca 23397-label

Deanna Durbin with orchestra under direction of Edgar Fairchild — recorded on 15 December 1944; issued on Decca 23397, as the B-side of “Always”

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1950 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year-Ralph Flanagan-RCA Victor 20-3724-1sm-c1Peggy King and Harry Prime 1950-d25

Ralph Flanagan and his Orchestra, vocal by Harry Prime — issued in 1950 on RCA Victor 20-3724, b/w “Joshua”

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Sarah Vaughan, 1954-11953 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year-Sarah Vaughan-Columbia 39963 (1a)

Sarah Vaughan with Percy Faith and his Orchestra — recorded on 5 January 1953; issued on 13 March 1953 on Columbia 39963, b/w “A Blues Serenade”

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1955 With Strings-Helen Merrill-Emarcy ‎MG-36057 (1a-d40)helen-merrill-1

Helen Merrill with orchestra arranged and conducted by Richard Hayman —  from her second album, Helen Merrill With Strings, Emarcy ‎MG-36057, released in 1955

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Rita Reys with the Jazz Messengers — recorded in New York City on 25 June 1956; issued on the 1956 album The Cool Voice of Rita Reys, (US) Columbia CL 903, (Netherlands) Philips ‎B 08006 L

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Ahmad Jamal-1

Ahmad Jamal Trio  — recorded on 17 September 1956; issued on the 1956 LP Count ‘Em 88, Argo Records LP-610

  • Ahmad Jamal – piano
  • Israel Crosby – bass
  • Walter Perkins – drums

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Jeri Southern — recorded in 1957; issued on the 1958 LP Coffee, Cigarettes and Memories

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Red Garland 1Red Garland 2

Red Garland — recorded in November 1958; issued on the 1958 album All Kinds of Weather, Prestige 7148

Red Garland – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Art Taylor – drums

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Roland Kirk Quartet — recorded at Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, NYC, on 17 August 1961, during the sessions that produced the tracks on 1962 album We Free Kings; issued on the 1990 compilation The Complete Mercury Recordings Of Roland Kirk, (Europe) Mercury 846 630-2

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Anita O’Day and Cal Tjader — from the 1962 LP Time for 2, Verve Records ‎V6-8472, Verve Records ‎V/V6-8472

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Joanie Sommers — from her 1963 album Sommers’ Seasons

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1971 Back Home Again-Lee Wiley

Lee Wiley — from the 1971 album Back Home Again

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1974 (LP) Ben Bagley's Frank Loesser Revisited

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Desmond — from Ben Bagley’s Frank Loesser Revisited, release dated 1974 at WorldCat.org and at other online public library catalogs, though AllMusic.com and Rate Your Music date it 1990 (Johnny Desmond died in 1985)

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Bing Crosby — from the 1977 album Seasons: The Closing Chapter, Polydor ‎PD-1-6128

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Trio Pim Jacobs  — from the 1982 LP Come Fly With Me, (Netherlands) Philips ‎6423 529

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* as “Jimmie Lytell” on the label

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