My One and Only Love

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1952 My One and Only Love, inscribed by Guy Wood-1a

My One and Only Love (m. Guy Wood, w. Robert Mellin)

1947 Music From Beyond the Moon (m. Guy Wood, w. Jack Lawrence) sheet-1aIn 1947, the song was published as “Music From Beyond the Moon,” with music by Guy B. Wood and lyrics by Jack Lawrence. Recordings of the song with the original lyric include the following, none of which were hits:

  • Jack Fina’s Music, with vocal by Harry Prime — issued in 1947 on MGM 10122 (sources: 1,2,3,4), c/w “Song of New Orleans”
  • Vic Damone with music by Camarata* — recorded on 4 October 1947; issued on Mercury 5072, c/w “I’ll Always Be in Love With You”
  • Tony Martin with Earle Hagen and his Orchestra — recorded in 1948; issued on RCA Victor 20-2914, b/w “If I Had You”

See the following article, by Mark Steyn, regarding the creation of each of the two lyric versions of the song:

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Music From Beyond the Moon — selected recordings

Jack Fina’s Music, with vocal by Harry Prime — issued in 1947 on MGM 10122 (sources: 1,2,3,4), c/w “Song of New Orleans”

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Vic Damone with music by Camarata — recorded on 4 October 1947; issued on Mercury 5072, c/w “I’ll Always Be in Love With You”

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Tony Martin with Earle Hagen and his Orchestra — recorded in 1948; issued on RCA Victor 20-2914, b/w “If I Had You”

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My One and Only Love — selected recordings

In 1952, Robert Mellin wrote a new lyric. Frank Sinatra got the reworked song off to a good start with a hit recording in 1953.

Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle-01a

Frank Sinatra – arrangement: Nelson Riddle; recorded on 2 May 1953, and issued on 15 June 1953 on the 45 rpm single Capitol F2505 (45cat.com, Discogs.com), and on Capitol 2505 (78 rpm), coupled in each case with “I’ve Got the World on a String” — In the UK it was issued in December 1953 on the 10″ 78 rpm single Capitol CL.14023, as the B-side of “From Here to Eternity”

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Art Tatum – Ben Webster Quartet – Los Angeles, CA, 11 September 1956 — Ben Webster (ts) Art Tatum (p) Red Callender (b) Bill Douglas (d)

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Roy Hamilton – from Hamilton’s 1958 Epic LP With All My Love, music arranged and conducted by Neal Hefti. The track was also the B-side of the single Pledging My Love, 1958

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June Christy — from June’s Got Rhythm, 1958

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Anna Maria Alberghetti – from her 1960 album Warm and Willing; arranged by Nelson Riddle. Alberghetti had previously recorded the song for her 1957 LP I Can’t Resist You.

From a review, by  Byron Kolln (8 June 2010) at Amazon.com, of a 2010 reissue (Flare) of Warm and Willing:

Anna Maria Alberghetti’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical debut in “Carnival!” was literally just around the corner when the talented, classically-trained singer recorded this 1960 jazz-flavoured album with arranger Nelson Riddle. Just as he’d also do to spectacular effect with Rosemary Clooney, Riddle coaxed a lush, almost hyper-romantic timbre from Alberghetti, and created a sophisticated sound for the operatic former child prodigy

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Grant Green Quintet – recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on 1 March 1962; released in 1985 on the album Born to Be Blue (Discogs.com, Wikipedia)

Grant Grant – guitar
Ike Quebec – tenor sax
Sonny Clark – piano
Sam Jones – bass
Louis Hayes – drums

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Doris Day and the André Previn Trio – from their 1962 collaboration, Duet

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album: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman – recorded 7 March 1963

  • John Coltrane – tenor sax
  • Jimmy Garrison – double bass
  • Johnny Hartman – vocals
  • Elvin Jones – drums
  • McCoy Tyner – piano

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Dean Martin – from his album Cha Cha de Amor, 1962

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Nancy Wilson – from her LP Gentle is My Love, 1965

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Oscar Peterson — solo, date unknown

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Pharoah Sanders – from Welcome To Love, 1990 —  Pharoah Sanders (ts), William Henderson (p), Stafford James (b), Eccleston W. Wainwright (d)

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Jamie Cullum Trio – from Heard it All Before, released in 1999, three years before Cullum’s first major release on a record label

  • Jamie Cullum – piano and vocals
  • Raph Mizraki – bass
  • Julian Jackson – drums

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Roy Haynes Trio – Jazzaldia Donostia, San Sebastian Jazz Festival, Spain, July 2009 — John Patitucci: bass, Dave Kikoski: piano, Roy Haynes: drums

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* Camarata — Salvatore “Tutti” Camarata

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