Stella by Starlight


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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.

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Clip from the 1944 film The Uninvited — played on piano by Ray Milland (dubbed). It also heard as a main theme in the score.


Harry James and his Orchestra — recorded on 17 February 1947; issued on 21 April 1947 the 78 rpm single Columbia 37323, as the B-side of “As Long as I’m Dreaming” (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Johnny Burke)


Charlie Parker with Joe Lippman Orchestra – recorded on 22 January 1952 at First Ave. & East 44th St., NYC; issued in 1952 on the 78 rpm single Mercury 11089, and the 45 rpm single Mercury 11089-X45, as the B-side of “Lover” (Rodgers & Hart) in each case

The recording is not among those recorded in 1949 and 1950 that were included on the two 1950 albums titled Charlie Parker with Strings. It was included as one of the bonus tracks on the 1995 Verve compilation album Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes, Verve Records ‎314 523 984-2.

Personnel (acc. to

  • Charlie Parker, Toots Mondello, Murray Williams – alto sax
  • Chris Griffin, Al Porcino, Bernie Privin –  trumpet
  • Will Bradley, Bill Harris – trombone
  • Art Drellinger, Hank Ross – tenor sax
  • Stan Webb – baritone sax
  • Lou Stein –  piano
  • Art Ryerson – guitar
  • Bob Haggart – bass
  • Don Lamond – drums
  • Verley Mills – harp
  • unknown – flute, oboe
  • unidentified strings
  • Joe Lippman, arranger, conductor



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


Jim Hall Trio –  from the album 1957 album Jazz Guitar, Pacific Jazz Records 1227

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 Kamuca and Bill Holman – from the 1957 album Jazz Erotica, (US) HiFi Records R604; also issued in 1959,  in the US and Australia, under the title West Coast Jazz in HiFi, HiFi Records R 609 (Mono) and SR 609 (Stereo)


Richard Hayman and his Orchestra – from the album Plays Great Motion Picture Themes Of Victor Young, Mercury MG 20369 (Mono) released in 1958, Mercury SR 60012 (Stereo) released, according to, in 1959


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 — live at the Munch Museum in Oslo, 1966

  • Bill Evans – piano
  • Eddie Gomez – bass
  • Alex Riel – drums


Barney Kessel Trio — 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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