Jule Styne, part 1: selected standards written with lyricist Sammy Cahn, 1942-1954 + gallery


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Jule Styne, part 2: selected songs from Broadway musicals, 1947-1964


Part 1 — Selected songs with music by Jule Styne and words by Sammy Cahn, 1942-1954:


I‘ve Heard That Song Before

Harry James and his Orchestra, vocal: Helen Forrest



Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)

Julie London – from For the Night People, 1966


I Fall in Love Too Easily – published in 1944; introduced in the musical film Anchors Aweigh (1945)

Frank Sinatra in Anchors Aweigh


Chet Baker Quartet — Chet Baker (tp, vo), Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Bob Neal (d), recorded at Capitol Studios, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 15 February 1954; released on Chet Baker Sings, 1956


Miles Davis Quintet – Roma, 1969

Miles Davis (Tromba), Wayne Shorter (Sax Soprano), Chick Corea (Piano Elettrico), Dave Holland (Contrabbasso), Jack De Johnette (Batteria)


Ralph Towner – date unknown


Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry

Wikipedia says, “It was introduced on stage by film star Jane Withers in the 1944 flop, Glad to See You, which closed in Philadelphia and never made it to Broadway.” Nevertheless, the song eventually became a standard, helped along by well-known recordings by Frank Sinatra (recorded 1946, released 1949), Dexter Gordon (1962), Sarah Vaughan (1963), and Ray Charles (1964).

Wynton MarsalisThe Midnight Blues: Standard Time, Vol. 5, 1998


Diana Krall – from Quiet Nights, 2009



Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Wikipedia says,

It was written in July 1945 in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record. First recorded by Vaughn Monroe, it became a popular hit, reaching number one on the Billboard music chart the following year. One of the best-selling songs of all time, “Let It Snow!” has been covered countless times. Due to its seasonal lyrics, it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song. Yet despite its cheery, holiday feel, it is a love song that never mentions Christmas.

Frank Sinatra, with vocal group the B. Swanson Quartet, recorded 5 November 1950, arrangement: Axel Stordahl

presently unavailable

Dean Martin, 1959



The Things We Did Last Summer

Frank Sinatra – recorded 24 July 1946, arranged by Axel Stordahl



Time After Time (click link to visit the full Songbook feature page, partially reproduced below)

Time After Time was introduced by Frank Sinatra and reprised by Kathryn Grayson in the 1947 film It Happened in Brooklyn. Sinatra released 1947 recordings of other Styne-Cahn songs from the film including the singles I Believe (a #5 hit, with Time After Time as the B-side reaching #16) and, with vocal group Four Hits and a Miss, It’s the Same Old Dream.

Frank Sinatra – recorded 24 October 1946, arrangement: Axel Stordahl


Teddy Wilson Quartet featuring Sarah Vaughan – recorded New York, November 1946 — Teddy Wilson-p, Charlie Ventura-ts, Remo Palmieri-g, Billy Taylor-b, Sarah Vaughn-vo


Kathryn GraysonIt Happened in Brooklyn (1947)


Magaret Whiting – c. 1954 – recently used in the soundtrack of the film Julie & Julia (2009)


Chet Baker – recorded in Los Angeles, CA, 15 February 1954, released on Chet Baker Sings — Chet Baker (tp), Russ Freeman (p), Carson Smith (b), Bob Neal (d), overdubs: Bill Perkins (ts)


Judy Garland – Episode 26 of The Judy Garland Show, taped 13 March 1964



From the film Romance on the High Seas, a musical romantic comedy starring Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, and Doris Day in her film debut

  • It’s You or No One
  • It’s Magic

It’s You or No One was sung twice by Doris Day, first up-tempo, then slower in the reprise

both clips are presently unavailable


It’s Magic

Doris Day, in the film (twice)





Gordon MacRae, 1948



Three Coins in the Fountain, from the film of the same name, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in a 1954 film.

Wikipedia says,

Cahn and Styne were asked to write the song to fit the movie but were unable to either see the film or read the script. They completed the song in an hour and had produced a demonstration record with Frank Sinatra by the following day. The song was subsequently used in the film soundtrack but in the rush Twentieth Century Fox neglected to sign a contract with the composers, allowing them to claim complete rights over the royalties.[2] The song was subsequently recorded by The Four Aces, who had a number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard pop chart chart [sic] in 1954, while the Sinatra recording topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September and October that year.[1]

Frank Sinatra — recorded for Capitol on 1 March 1954; arrangement by Nelson Riddle


Sunday – 1926 jazz standard co-written by Styne when he was 17 years old

Ned Miller
Chester Cohn
Jule Styne
Bennie Krueger

Jazzstandards.com says,

Ned Miller and Chester Cohn (sometimes spelled Conn) both managed offices for Feist Records, Miller in Chicago and Cohn in New York, and wrote songs together. Ned also performed with Jack Benny on the vaudeville circuit. Benny Krueger was a Chicago-based saxophonist and bandleader. Jules Stein, who changed his name to Jule Styne in the early ‘30s, gave us such hits as “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” and “Let it Snow” and scored many Broadway hits, among them Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Funny Girl, Bells Are Ringing, and Gypsy.


Gene Austin, 1926



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