But Beautiful (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Johnny Burke) was introduced by Bing Crosby in Road to Rio, the fifth “Road” film starring Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. The film, released on Christmas Day 1947, also introduced You Don’t Have to Know the Language, performed by Bing and the Andrews Sisters, a song which became one of their many hits together.
Bing Crosby sings to Dorothy Lamour in Road to Rio
Peggy Lee and the Crew Chiefs, with Orchestra directed by Roy Bargy — transcription from the 18 February 1948 episode of the Jimmy Durante Show (radio)
Johnny Hartman — from his 1958 album And I Thought About You
Nat King Cole – from his album The Very Thought of You, 1958
Freddie Hubbard – album: Open Sesame (Hubbbard’s Blue Note debut) 1960 — Freddie Hubbard: trumpet, Tina Brooks: tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner: piano, Sam Jones: bass, Clifford Jarvis: drums
Nancy Wilson – from her 1969 album But Beautiful
- Nancy Wilson – vocals
- Hank Jones – piano
- Gene Bertoncini – guitar
- Ron Carter – double bass
- Grady Tate – drums
Charles McPherson – recorded 12 August 1975 — Charles McPherson (as) Duke Jordan (pf) Sam Jones (b) Leroy Williams (ds) – album: But Beautiful
Stan Getz and Bills Evans, 1974 – released on the 1996 LP But Beautiful. The albums tracks were recorded live on 9 August 1974 during the Laren International Jazz Festival at the Singer Concertzaal located in Laren, Holland and on 16 August 1974 during Jazz Middelheim held in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Bill Evans Trio – Denmark, 1975 — Bill Evans – piano, Eddie Gomez – bass, Eliot Zigmund – drums
Bill Evans Trio — live, 30 January 1979, at The Maintenance Shop in Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University) — available on the DVD: Bill Evans Trio Live at the Maintenance Shop ’79 aka Bill Evans – But Beautiful (Live In Iowa 1979)
Bill Evans – piano
Marc Johnson – bass
Joe LaBarbera – drums