Long Ago (and Far Away)

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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:

  • 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

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Perry Como with unidentified mixed chorus — recorded 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

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Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Orchestra – 1944

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

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Bing Crosby_late 1944 in Europe with troups_1a

Bing Crosby — 78 rpm single Decca 18608, b/w Amor; the record was a two-sided hit, according to Wikipedia

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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

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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.

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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)

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Rise Stevens & James Melton with Al Goodman Orchestra — Texaco Star Theater radio broadcast transcription, 31 December 1944

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Mario Lanza – radio broadcast: Coca-Cola Show, Radio Recorder Studio, Los Angeles, 29 July 1951

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Chet Baker Quartet — recorded in Los Angeles, CA 7 March 1955

Personnel:
Chet Baker – Trumpet / Vocals
Russ Freeman – Piano
Carson Smith – Bass
Bob Neal – Drums

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

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

The Teddy Bears – 1959

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Oscar Peterson 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. Ray Brown – double bass; Oscar Peterson – piano; Ed Thigpen – drums.

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

1 Comment (+add yours?)

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

    Wonderful !!!

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