Maybe You’ll Be There

Maybe You’ll Be There (m. Rube Bloom, w. Sammy Gallop) – published 1947

Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra, vocals: Charles LaVere and chorus – 1948


Billie Holiday, accompanied by Jimmy Rowles on piano – live radio broadcast from Billy Berg’s Club in Hollywood, June 1949

Recording info and credits from

Live Session #26 [radio broadcast] Los Angeles, June/1949, Red Norvo Orchestra

Recorded at Billy Berg’s Club in Hollywood, this session went on air only in June, 1949 in the Gene Norman’s Just Jazz radio show. She sang 10 songs in the show. This is the merit of this session: it was the one where Billie sang the most previously unrecorded songs in a live presentation.


The Orioles — issued in May 1954 on Jubilee 45-5143, c/w “Drowning Every Hope I Ever Had” — note: indicates that “Maybe You’ll Be There” is the B-side, while has it as the A-side of the single

Other vocal harmony groups to record the song include Lee Andrews and the Hearts (1954), LaCille Watkins and the Belltones (1956), the Five Keys (1957), and Billy and the Essentials (1962).


Lee Andrews and the Hearts — issued in 1954 on the single Rainbow Records 45-252, b/w “Baby Come Back” (Lee Andrews)


LaCille Watkins and the Belltones — issued in 1956 on Kapp K-145X, b/w “His Hand in Mine”


Sunny Gale —  issued in December 1956 on the single Decca 9-30157, as the B-side of “(I Have Lived, I Have Loved) I Have You!”


Frank Sinatra – recorded on 1 May 1957 with arrangement by Gordon Jenkins; released on Where Are You?


The Five Keys – issued on 18 February 1957 on the album On Stage!, (US) Capitol Records T-828 (Mono)


Lee Wiley with Billy Butterfield and his Orchestra, from the 1957 album A Touch of the Blues


Donna Hightower – from Take One!, 1958

From an enthusiastic review by Gary L. Connely (Hercules, CA) of a CD containing Take One! and Hightower’s followup, Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You:

“Take One!” the LP, was recorded in a session that was actually supposed to be for Dakota Staton. Ms Staton canceled at the last minute and producer Dave Cavanaugh, now stuck with Sid Feller’s All-Stars, featuring the likes of saxman Ben Webster, trumpeter Joe Wilder, guitarist Mundell Lowe and pianist Hank Jones cooling their heels with nobody to play for, suddenly remembered Ms Hightower, (who was working for a publishing company in Brooklyn). With three hours notice and no rehersal, Ms Hightower stepped in and stepped up – and man-oh-man, did she nail it!


Teresa Brewer – from her 1959 album When Your Lover Has Gone


Joni James – from 100 Strings and Joni, 1959


Sue Raney — from her 1963 album All By Myself, Capitol T 2032 (Mono), Capitol ST 2032 (Stereo)


Timi Yuro – from the 1964 LP The Amazing Timi Yuro


Carol Sloane – from her 1990 album The Real Thing


Diana Krall — final track from The Look of Love, 2001


– uploaded 29 November 2010


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