I Wish I Knew

I Wish I Knew (m. Harry Warren, w. Mack Gordon) — The song was performed by Betty Grable and Dick Haymes in the film Diamond Horseshoe (1945), which also featured the Warren-Gordon standard, “The More I See You.”

Betty Grable — in Diamond Horseshoe (1945), audio only


Harry James and his Orchestra — recorded on 3 January 1945; issued on the 78 rpm single Columbia 36794, b/w “The More I See You”


Dick Haymes with orchestra under the direction of Victor Young — recorded on 21 January 1945, and issued on Decca  18662 as the B-side of “The More I See You”

Buddy Clark — According YouTube provider Croonr1, this is a broadcast transcription from the “July 15, 1945 Notes From Your Soldiers Notebook (AFRS) radio program,” with “orchestra directed by Carmen Dello.”


Chet Baker — from Chet Baker Sings And Plays With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman and Strings, Pacific Jazz PJ 1202 – recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA, on 28 February 1955 

Chet Baker (tp, vo) Bud Shank (fl) Ray Kramer, Ed Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin (vlc) Corky Hale (harp) Russ Freeman (p) Red Mitchell (b) Bob Neal (d) Frank Campo, Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich (arr)


Della Reese – from Della By Starlight, released in 1960


Blue Mitchell – from the 1960 album Blue’s Moods


Bill Evans Trio, Village Vanguard, 1961, by Steve Schapiro (1a)

Bill Evans Trio – from the 1961 LP Explorations — Bill Evans: piano, Scott LaFaro: bass, Paul Motian: drums



John Coltrane Quartet – from Ballads, 1962

John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
McCoy Tyner – piano
Jimmy Garrison – bass
Elvin Jones – drums


Keith Jarrett Trio – performed live at Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan (aka Koseinenkin Hall) in Tokyo on 15 February 1985; from the live concert film Keith Jarrett: Standards, released in 1985

CD Universe description of the film (DVD released in 2002):

Recorded live at Koselnekin [sic] Hall, Tokyo, on February 15, 1985, this dazzling concert teams up one of the most significant pianists of the last forty years with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette for an unforgettable celebration of music. Tracks: I Wish I Knew, If I Should Lose You, Late Lament, Rider, It’s Easy to Remember, So Tender, Prism, Stella by Starlight, God Bless the Child, Delaunay’s Dilemma. Source: Image Entertainment, Inc.

Hey, what’s up with those intermittent bizarre whining noises? Let’s ask Google:

Keith Jarrett – piano
Jack DeJohnette – drums
Gary Peacock – bass


The Four Freshmen — performing in August 2008 at the Four Freshmen Society International Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana

Bob Ferreira – 4th voice, drums
Vince Johnson – 3rd voice, bass
Brian Eichenberger – lead voice, guitar
Curtis Calderon – 2nd voice, flugelhorn


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 08:10:10

    you need to put here the bobby hutcherson version in a recent record with renne rosnes



  2. Richard
    Dec 19, 2015 @ 09:20:47

    An impressive website, obviously constructed with love.



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