I Love You

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I Love You (Cole Porter) was introduced by Wilbur Evans in the 1944 Broadway musical Mexican Hayride.

From Wikipedia:

 Produced by Michael Todd, out of town tryouts began at the Shubert Theatre, Boston on December 29, 1943. The production opened on Broadway on January 28, 1944 at the Winter Garden Theatre, moved to the Majestic Theatre on December 18, 1944 and closed on March 17 1945 after 481 performances.[1]

The production was staged by Hassard Short, who also was the lighting designer, with choreography by Paul Haakon, set by George Jenkins and costumes by Mary Grant. Various segments were separately directed. Dan Eckley directed the opening dance; Lew Kesler directed the songs “Girls” and “Abracadabra”; and Virginia Johnson and Dan Eckley directed the dance “Good-Will Movement”.[2] The cast featured Bobby Clark (Joe Bascom), June Havoc (Montana), George Givot (Lombo Campos) Wilbur Evans (David Winthrop) and Paul Haakon (Paul)

Wikipedia also notes, “The lyrics of the chorus are satirically and deliberately banal, the verse apologizing for the use of lyrical cliches.

Bing Crosby’s 1944 recording became the second of his six #1 hits that year, the last two of which he shared with the Andrew Sisters. Der Bingle had 17 top twenty hits in 1944.

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Bing Crosby — 1944

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Coleman Hawkins – 1947

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Julie London – from her debut album, Julie is Her Name, released December 1955

Tracks

1. Cry Me a River
2. I Should Care
3. I’m in the Mood For Love
4. I’m Glad There Is You
5. Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
6. I Love You
7. Say It Isn’t So
8. It Never Entered My Mind
9. Easy Street
10. ‘S Wonderful
11. No Moon At All
12. Laura
13. Gone With the Wind

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John Coltrane – from the album Lush Life, 1957

  • John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
  • Earl May — bass
  • Art Taylor — drums

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Art Pepper – from Intensity, recorded 23-25 November 1960, released 1963

  • Art Pepper — alto saxophone
  • Dolo Coker — piano
  • Jimmy Bond — bass
  • Frank Butler — drums

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Keely Smith – from her album Swing, You Lovers, 1961 – arranged and conducted by Gerald Dolin

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Oscar Peterson Trio — Prague, 1974

From the provider’s description:

This clip was recorded in Prague in 1974. One hears the incredible togetherness and of course the skill and talent of these two master improvisors. One can say that Oscar, now not yet 50, was in the prime of his career with his creative and technical command at an all time high. Pedersen on bass had not even reached the age of 30 yet. Just watch them. Unbelievable musicians, both of them[.]

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Bill Evans TrioGetting Sentimental, 1978 — Bill Evans: piano; Michael Moore: bass; Philly Joe Jones: drums

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Mick Hucknall – from the soundtrack of the musical biopic De-Lovely, 2004

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Doug Graham sings with piano accompaniment, 2008(?)

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Giovanni Hoffer – date unknown; posted 29 June 2009

Giovanni Hoffer (french horn)
Luca Segala (tenor sax)
Carmelo Tartamella(guitar)
Tommy Bradascio (drum)
Alberto Logatto (Db)

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