Stella by Starlight (needs repair)


Stella by Starlight (m. Victor Young, w. Ned Washington) – Young’s composition was introduced in the Paramount feature film The Uninvited (1944). At the request of Young, Ned Washington wrote a lyric in 1946.

From The Uninvited — played on piano by Ray Milland (dubbed). It was also heard as a main theme in the score.

Presently unavailable (5 January 2014)


Richard Hayman and his Orchestra – (date unknown) perhaps based on a Victor Young recording used in the soundtrack of the film The Uninvited (1944). A collection of Young soundtrack recordings includes the following in its product description:

“Cinema Rhapsodies” is the first high-quality anthology of Victor Young’s work. Three performances of Young’s compositions by Richard Hayman & His Orchestra are included because the master recordings of Young’s renditions have been lost.


Harry James and his Orchestra, recorded 1947


Charlie Parker with strings, from a January 1952 session

Personnel (from Wikipedia): Parker – alto saxophone; Al Porcino, Chris Griffin, Bernie Privin – trumpets; Will Bradley, Bill Harris – trombones; Murray Williams, Toots Mondello – alto saxophones; Hank Ross – tenor saxophone; Stan Webb – baritone saxophone; Artie Drelinger – woodwinds; Caplan, possibly Sylvan Shulman and Jack Zayde – violins; Mills – harp; Lou Stein – piano; Bob Haggart – double bass; Don Lamond – drums; Joe Lipman – arranger and conductor; unknown woodwinds, violins, violas, and cello

Video to be replaced


Chris Connor with Vinnie Burke’s Quartet – recorded 21 August 1954 —  Musicians: Vinnie Burke (b), Don Burns (accodion), Ronnie Odrich (cl), Joe Cinderella (g), Art Mardigan (ds)


Jim Hall TrioJazz Guitar, 1957 — Jim Hall (guitar), Carl Perkins (piano), Red Mitchell (bass)


Miles Davis – recorded 26 May 1958 at Columbia’s 30th Street Studios, NYC — Miles Davis (tp), John Coltrane (ts), Cannonball Addderley (as), Bill Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (ds) — Album: 1958 Miles. For later reissues, the album was retitled as ’58 Sessions Featuring Stella by Starlight or ‘58 Miles Featuring Stella by Starlight.


Richie KamucaWest Coast Jazz in Hi Fi – recorded in Los Angeles, 1959

Richie Kamuca – Tenor Sax
Vince Guaraldi – Piano
Monte Budwig – Bass
Stan Levey – Drums


Ray Charles — from his 1961 album Dedicated to You; used in the film Casino (1995)


Lars Gullin – live in Stockholm, 1962 — Lars Gullin – baritone sax, Rolf Ericson – tp, Eje Thelin – tb, Nils Lindberg – pno, Sture Nordin – b, Sture Kallin – dr


Bill Evans Trio — from the DVD Bill Evans Trio: Live in Oslo 1966

Piano : Bill Evans.
Double Bass : Eddie Gomez.
Drums : Alex Riel


Barney Kessel Trio Live in Switzerland, 1979 — Barney Kessel: guitar, Jim Richardson: bass, Tony Mann: drums

Barney Kessel_3Also from the same session:



Chet Baker – from Live In Tokyo , 1987



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