Autumn songs


1908 – Shine On Harvest Moon

1919 – Indian Summer

1922 – October Twilight (words added, 1947)

1934 – Autumn in New York

1937 – September in the Rain

1938 – September Song

1941 – Autumn Nocturne

1941 – ‘Tis Autumn

‘Tis Autumn…again (post, 11/28)

1945 – Autumn Serenade

1947 – Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)

1949 – Early Autumn

1954 – Autumn in Rome


Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes) (m. Joseph Kosma, w. Jacques Prévert) – English-language lyric by Johnny Mercer, c. 1949(?)

Barney Kessel Trio — instrumental performance; Switzerland, 1979 — Barney Kessel: guitar, Jim Richardson: bass, Tony Mann: drums


selected other autumn songs

1900 – When the Harvest Days are Over (Jessie Dear) – m. Harry Von Tilzer, w. Howard Graham — sheet music: NYPL, (1), (2),, Indiana Historical Society

1925 – Too Many Kisses in the Summer (Bring Too Many Tears in the Fall) – m. Harry Warren, w. Al Dubin, Billy Rose

1926 – When Autumn Leaves are Falling (Sam Coslow, Abner Silver)

1927 – Summertime Sweethearts (Where Do They Go in The Fall?) – m. Ted Snyder, w. Irving Kahal, Francis Wheeler — 1927 recordings by Sam Lanin and His Famous Players (vocal: Les Reis), Broadway Bellhops

1931 – A Faded Summer Love (w.m. Phil Baxter)

1934 – In the Quiet of an Autumn Night (Pat Ballard, Charles Henderson)*

1940 – Falling Leaves (m. Frankie Carle, w. Mack David)

1957 – Autumn Rain (m. Russell Trost, w. Bill Barron)**

1957 – October Mist (m. Ted Fiorito, w. Paul Francis Webster) – copyright, 1957

1958 – When Autumn Comes (Johnny Marks) – copyright, 14 April 1958

1959 – See You in September (m. Sherman Edwards, w. Sid Wayne)

1960 – Try to Remember (Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones)

1962 – It Might as Well Rain Until September (m. Carole King, w. Gerry Goffin)

1964 – Autumn (David Shire, Richard Maltby, Jr.) – lyric:

1965 – Maybe September (Ray Evans, Percy Faith, Jay Livingston)

1965 – The September of My Years (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Sammy Cahn)

1969 – Crescent Noon (m. Richard Carpenter, w. John Bettis) – see recording below

1978 – September (Maurice White, Al McKay, Allee Willis)

1979 – September Morn (Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud)

1984 – When October Goes (m. Barry Manilow, w. Johnny Mercer) – Wikipedia


Crescent Noon (m. Richard Carpenter, w. John Bettis)

From the Wikipedia page on the Carpenters’ 1970 album Close to You:

Originally performed by Karen and Richard in the California State University, Long Beach choir in 1969, “Crescent Noon” is a song composed by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis.

  • California State University, Long Beach choir, featuring Karen Carpenter solos – 1969


from the lyric:

Green September
Burned to October brown
Bare November
Led to December’s frozen ground

The seasons stumble ’round
Our drifting lives are bound
To a falling crescent noon


* In the Quiet of an Autumn Night (Pat Ballard, Charles Henderson) – recorded in September 1934 by Freddy Martin & his Orchestra, with vocal by Buddy Clark; also recorded by Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra, Henry King and his Orchestra, New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (directed by Carroll Gibbons. v. Brian Lawrence), Geraldo & his Orchestra, and Nick Lucas

** Autumn Rain (m. Russell Trost, w. Bill Barron) – recording by the Hi-Lo’s with Frank Comstock issued in 1957 on the 78 rpm single Columbia ‎40915 and the 45 rpm single Columbia 4-40915, c/w “A Face in the Crowd” (m. Tom Glazer, w. Budd Schulberg, Tom Glazer) in each case.

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