My Foolish Heart


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My Foolish Heart (m. Victor Young, w. Ned Washington)

From the Wikipedia song profile:

The music was written by Victor Young and the lyrics by Ned Washington. The song was introduced by the singer Martha Mears in the 1949 film of the same name. The song failed to escape critics’ general laceration of the film. Time wrote in its review that “nothing offsets the blight of such tear-splashed excesses as the bloop-bleep-bloop of a sentimental ballad on the sound track.”[1] Nevertheless, the song was nominated for an Oscar, losing out to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser.

The song was also a popular success, with two recordings of the song listed among the top 30 on the Billboard charts in 1950. Gordon Jenkins’s recording of “My Foolish Heart”, Sandy Evans, vocal, reached the top ten on the charts. However, Billy Eckstine’s version became a million seller, spending 19 weeks on the charts and peaking at number six.


Billy Eckstine — issued in February 1950 on the 78 rpm single MGM 10623, b/w “(We’ve Got a) Sure Thing” (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke); also issued in 1950 on the 45 rpm single MGM K10623, with the same B-side as the 78 rpm single


Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra, vocal Sandy Evans, 1950. This recording reached #3 on the Billboard’s pop singles chart.



Margaret Whiting – Whiting recorded one of several 1950 recordings of My Foolish Heart to chart in the top forty (#17). This Youtube provider proclaims it as a RARE! recording, never before issued on a CD. But it seems to be the single. There are other Youtube postings of the recording which sound exactly the same.

After a series of hit singles as a featured vocalist with various orchestras from 1942 to 1945, Margaret Whiting, daughter of songwriter Richard A. Whiting, embarked on a recording career under her own name during which, sometimes singing with a duet partner, she had more than 40 top forty hit singles from 1946-1956.


Earl Grant — Decca single with B-side One Note Samba, 1961. The track also appeared on a 7 inch EP, Swinging Gently (Brunswick 10641), 1962(?).


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

Bill Evans Trio Waltz for Debby, 1961


Bill Evans Trio — recorded in London, 19 March 1965, for an episode of the UK TV show Jazz 625* — Bill Evans: p, Chuck Israels: b, Larry Bunker: d — The performance of My Foolish Heart is followed by brief introductions by host Humphrey Lyttelton of the trio members and of the next number, Re: Person I Knew, a Bill Evans composition.


Lesley Gore, from her album Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts, 1963


Connie Francis – recorded 8 April 1964, released on her album Jealous Heart, 1965


Astrud Gilberto – from her album Beach Samba, released in 1967; album recorded at A&R Studios in New York on 25, 26 May and 9, 30 June 1967


Holly Cole Trio – from Girl Talk, 1990


Italian version, Estasi d’amore, lyrics by Nisa

Iva Zanicchi – 1968


*From The Jazz625 Story by Louis Barfe, including a quote by Director Terry Henebery:
Many shows of its era are ill-represented in the BBC archives, as they were either junked after transmission or, if broadcast live, not recorded at all. Happily, this is not the case with Jazz 625. With video tape recording still in its infancy, machines were in heavy demand. So, many programmes, particularly in the drama field, were ‘telerecorded’ onto 35mm film, from a feed of the studio output. This method made editing a lot easier, and has aided the survival of programmes recorded in this way. “The early ones survive because they were recorded on telerecordings, on film. With a lot of the VT, the philistines at the Beeb [BBC] just wiped the tapes.”

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