Long Ago (and Far Away)


Cover Girl (1944) poster-Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly (1a)1944-Cover Girl-Long Ago-dance Kelly-Hayworth-1

Long Ago (and Far Away) – m. Jerome Kern, w. Ira Gershwin — The song was introduced by Rita Hayworth (voice dubbed by Martha Mear) and Gene Kelly, in the 1944 film Cover Girl.

1944 hit recordings include those by:

  • Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes with Camarata’s Orchestra
  • Bing Crosby
  • Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Orchestra
  • Perry Como
  • Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
  • Three Suns

Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly in Cover Girl (1944) – Hayworth’s singing voice is dubbed by Martha Mears


Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra — recorded on 17 February 1944; issued in 1944 on the 78 rpm single Decca 18608, as the B-side of “Amor”


Perry Como with unidentified mixed chorus — recorded on 8 February 1944 at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City; issued as the B-side of I Love You (Cole Porter), catalog #20-1569


Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Orchestra – 1944


Glenn Miller and the AAF band, vocal: Johnny Desmond, recorded in 1944 at Abbey Road Studios, London UK


Judy Garland – date unknown, radio broadcast from c.1944

The Judy Garland Database lists five performances on radio in broadcasts for servicemen during the years 1944-45 as follows:

  • The Bakers of America Salute to the Armed Forces, aired June 4, 1944
  • Everything for the Boys, aired June 11, 1944
  • The Chase and Sanborn Hour, aired June 25, 1944
  • Command Performance #129, aired 1945
  • Command Performance #?, aired December 25, 1945



Frank Sinatra – 9 February 1944

According to a commenter in a forum at the sinatrafamily.com this recording is originally from the

Vimms Vitamins show, The Frank Sinatra Program (CBS) of February 9, 1944, which was issued on a V-Disc, including a brief spoken introduction for V-Disc by FS. (Previously released in The V-Discs box set.) Arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl.

The Sinatra sessionography at Blue-eyes.com lists no other recordings of the song.

On the V-Disc Sinatra introduces the song as follows:

Gentlemen of the Armed Forces, this is the Hoodlum from Hoboken. I’d like to sing a tune for you. My name’s Sinatra, and I hope you’s like it, hey.



Long-Ago-and-Far-Away-Richard-Tauber-Parlophone-Odeon-RO-20535-1944-1Richard Tauber-1

Richard Tauber — with orchestra conducted by Henry Geehl, recorded (says the provider) on 12 December 1944; released on the Parlophone Odeon Series label as catalog #RO 20535, b/w Love, Here is My Heart (m. Lao Silesu, w. Adrian Ross)


Mario Lanza – recorded at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, CA, on 13 July 1951; broadcast on the 29 July 1951 episode of The Mario Lanza Show, a radio program sponsored by Coca-Cola


Chet Baker Quartet — recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA, on 7 March 1955; released on the 1955 album Chet Baker Sings and Plays, Pacific Jazz PJ-1202

track personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet, vocals
Russ Freeman – piano
Carson Smith – bass
Bob Neel – drums


The Hi-Lo’s — from the 1955* LP Under Glass


The Teddy Bears: Phil Spector, Marshall Leib, lead singer Annette Kleinbard

The Teddy Bears – 1959


Oscar Peterson Trio — from the album Oscar Peterson Plays the Jerome Kern Songbook, released in 1959 on the Verve label; recorded 14 July – 9 August 1959; produced by Norman Granz

Oscar Peterson – piano, Ray Brown – double bass, Ed Thigpen – drums


*The album Under Glass by the Hi-Lo’s is dated 1955 by RateYourMusic.com, but 1956 by Discogs.com.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Mar 30, 2014 @ 14:50:31

    Wonderful !!!



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