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

1945 – Autumn Serenade

1947 – Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)

1949 – Early Autumn

1954 – Autumn in Rome

1964 – Autumn (Shire, Maltby Jr.)


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

1925 – When Autumn Leaves are Falling* (m. Abner Silver, w. Sam Coslow) – copyright, 1925

Jack Smith, accompanied by Abner Silver on piano — recorded on 5 February 1926 (Victor matrix BVE-34398, take 2); issued on the 78 rpm single Victor 19959, as the B-side of “Always” (A-side by Henry Burr)

audio file, VBR MP3 (1.6 MB), from the page Always / When Autumn Leaves are Falling, at


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

1957 – One October Morning (Bobby Troup) – copyright, 21 March 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)

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


* When Autumn Leaves are Falling (m. Abner Silver, w. Sam Coslow) — 1926 recordings include those by Jack Smith (accompanied by Abner Silver on piano), The Ambassadors, Merritt Brunies and his Friars Inn Orchestra (v. Lew King), and Jack Denny and his Orchestra.

** In the Quiet of an Autumn Night (Pat Ballard, Charles Henderson) – recorded in September 1934 by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra, (v. Buddy Clark); also recorded by Henry King and his Orchestra (v. Joseph Sudy), Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra, New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (directed by Carroll Gibbons, v. Brian Lawrance), Geraldo and His Sweet Music (v. Cyril Grantham), 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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