Selected Spring standards and other songs of Spring

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Blue links are for Songbook feature pages

1884 — The Fountain in the Park (Ed Haley) — “While strolling through the park one day / In the merry merry month of May”

1921 — April Showers (m. Louis Silvers, w. B. G. “Buddy” DeSylva) — introduced by Al Jolson in the 1921 musical Bombo

1924 — Tell Her in Springtime (Irving Berlin) — introduced by Grace Moore in the 1924 Music Box Revue, where it was danced by Ula Sharon

1932 — April in Paris (m. Vernon Duke, w. E. Y. Harburg) — composed in 1932 for the Broadway musical, Walk A Little Faster

1933 — One Morning in May (m. Hoagy Carmichael, w. Mitchell Parish)

1935 — Paris in the Spring (m. Harry Revel, w. Mack Gordon)

1935 — March Winds and April Showers (Walter G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup, Teddy Powell) Abe Lyman & His California Orchestra, vocal: Louis Rapp

1936 — I Got the Spring Fever Blues (Sue Werner, Kay Werner, Dave Bauer) — Chick Webb and his Orchestra, vocal: Ella Fitzgerald

1937 — Spring Cleaning — recorded by Fats Waller and his Rhythm

1938 — Spring Is Here (m. Richard Rodgers, w. Lorenz Hart) – introduced in the 1938 Rodgers & Hart musical I Married an Angel

1939 — Some Other Spring (m. Irene Kitchings, w. Arthur Herzog, Jr.) – jazz standard, Billie Holiday & her Orchestra (1939)

1939 — Love Turns Winter to Spring — m. Matt Dennis, w. Frank Killduff (Brigham Townsend) — Martha Tilton with Bobby Sherwood and his Orchestra in a 1941 Soundie of the same title; copyright date: 13 September 1939; also recorded by Stan Kenton, The Four Freshmen, June Christy

1941 — I’ll Remember April (m. Gene De Paul, w. Don Raye and Patricia “Pat” Johnston)

1941 — Soft As Spring (Alec Wilder) — in feature page on selected Alec Wilder songs

1943Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year (Frank Loesser)

1944 — April Snow (m. Sigmund Romberg, w. Dorothy Fields) — from the 1945 Broadway musical Up in Central Park

1944 — Suddenly It’s Spring (m. Jimmy Van Heusen, w. Johnny Burke)

1945 — It Might as Well Be Spring (m. Richard Rodgers, w. Oscar Hammerstein II) — from the musical film State Fair (1945)

1949 — Younger Than Springtime (m. Richard Rodgers, w. Oscar Hammerstein II) — introduced by William Tabbert in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific

1949 — It Happens Every Spring (m. Josef Myrow, w. Mack Gordon) — introduced in the 1949 film It Happens Every Spring — Recorded by Frank Sinatra, Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr, Art Lund and the Crew Chiefs, The Four Freshmen, Gogi Grant

1954 — Spring, Spring, Spring (m. Gene de Paul, w. Johnny Mercer) — introduced in the 1954 musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

1955 — Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (m. Thomas Wolf, Jr., w. Frances Landesman) Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman

1956(?) — They Say It’s Spring (Bob Haymes, Marty Clark) — 1956 recording by Blossom Dearie released on her 1957 self-titled album, Verve Records ‎MG V-2037; album recorded 11-12 September 1956

1957(?) — So It’s Spring (Tommy Wolf, Wayne Arnold) — recording by Jackie & Roy with Bill Holman’s Orchestra released on the 1957 album Free and Easy!, ABC-Paramount ‎ABC-207; Carol Lawrence recording released on her 1962 album This Heart of Mine

1958 — Their Hearts Were Full of Spring (Bobby Troup)

1959 — There’ll Be Another Spring (Peggy Lee, Hubie Wheeler) — Peggy Lee and the George Shearing Quintet recorded live in Miami on 29 May 1959; released in 1959 on Beauty and the Beat!, Capitol Records T 1219 (Mono), ST 1219 (Stereo)

1967 — La Chanson de Maxence (m. Michel Legrand, w. Jacques Demy)

Jacques Perrin, dubbed by Jacques Revaux — 1967 film Les demoiselles de Rochefort

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“You Must Believe in Spring” (lyric: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman), the English-language version of “La Chanson de Maxence,” was perhaps first performed by Cleo Laine in 1973.

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans — “You Must Believe in Spring,” from Together Again, 1976

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Girish Trivedi
    Apr 29, 2015 @ 22:04:22

    ADD … Paris in Spring Time — It happens every spring —Early Spring —Blue Spring

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    • doc
      Apr 29, 2015 @ 23:06:15

      Thanks for your suggestions. Did you mean the following song, or Cole Porter’s “I Love Paris”?

      Paris in the Spring (m. Harry Revel, w. Mack Gordon)

      Wikipedia says,

      “Paris in the Spring” is a popular song composed in 1935…It was first introduced by Mary Ellis in the film Paris in Spring. A version was also recorded by Ray Noble and His Orchestra (also in 1935). In 1960, Jo Stafford and her husband Paul Weston recorded a version for their comedy album Jonathan and Darlene Edwards in Paris in which they put their own unique interpretation on the song.

      Ray Noble and his Orchestra, vocal: Al Bowlly — recorded in New York City on 20 May 1935; issued on Victor 25040 in the US, backed with “Bon Jour Mam’selle,” and on HMV BD-192 in the UK

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    • doc
      Jan 06, 2016 @ 16:45:56

      @ Girish Trivedi,

      Hello again. I’ve added “Paris in the Spring,” “It Happens Every Spring,” and several others to the list. The other two you mentioned are jazz compositions without lyrics. Such works, with few exceptions, are typically excluded from the site. Thanks again for your assistance.

      Regards, doc

      Reply

  2. doc
    Feb 25, 2016 @ 06:58:25

    Despite what I said in my previous comment, I’d apparently forgotten to add “Paris in the Spring” to the list. That was done today.

    Reply

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