Got the warm all overs a-smoothin’ my worried brow

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Published a new page today, on the song “I Never Has Seen Snow,” which was written, with music by Harold Arlen and words by Truman Capote and Harold Arlen, for the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers. Here’s a link to the page:

I Never Has Seen Snow

Recordings included in the page:

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  • Diahann Carroll — from the original Broadway cast recording LP House of Flowers, Columbia Masterworks ‎ML 4969, OL 4969, released in 1955
  • Percy Faith — from the 1956 album Plays Music From The Broadway Production House Of Flowers, Columbia CL-640
  • Beverly Kenney — from the 1957 album Sings with Jimmy Jones and “The Basie-Ites”, (US) Roost RLP 2218, (UK) Vogue VA 160141
  • Quincy Jones — from the 1959 LP The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones, Mercury SR 60221 (Stereo), Mercury MG 20561, MG-20561 (Mono)
  • Eileen Farrell with Percy Faith and his Orchestra — from the 1962 album This Fling Called Love, Columbia CS 8539
  • Liza Minnelli — from her 1965 LP It Amazes Me, Capitol Records ST 2271, ST-2271; with orchestra arranged and conducted by Peter Matz
  • Audra McDonald — from her 2000 CD album How Glory Goes, (US) Nonesuch 79580-2, (Germany) Nonesuch WE810
  • Audra McDonald — live performance, date unknown
  • Audrey Lavine — from her 2002 album At Home With Arlen, Ostinato 2266
  • Vanessa Williams — from the 18 July 2004 episode of Evening at Pops, with Keith Lockhart conducting; featuring Martha Babcock on cello
  • Shelly Watson with Karen Schwartz on piano — Christmas show at Don’t Tell Mama, NYC, 22 December 2007
  • Alison Alampi — performs at Marymount Manhattan College, 16 May 2011
  • Beth Lanza — in the cabaret show “Nobody’s Side: Broadway’s Cult Classics” at Davenport’s Piano Bar, Chicago, 28 July 2011
  • Amasia Gordon — published on YouTube, 31 May 2014
  • Alia Hodge — Bill Casey Senior Rep Studio Recital, 16 December 2014 at The Boston Conservatory
  • Kyra Selman — Rogue Songs Benefit concert at Prospect Theatre, 15 September 2016
  • Angel Harrison — at the West End Lounge in NYC; published on YouTube, 3 May 2017
  • Olivia London — at the West End Lounge in NYC; published on YouTube, 12 September 2018
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While daisies nod hello

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It’s so restful in the country
It’s the right kind of diet
You really ought to try it

You lie and dream
Beside a stream
While daisies nod “Hello”

After adding several more recordings to the new page on the Alec Wilder song “It’s So Peaceful in the Country,” it became too large. So I split it up into two parts:

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Recordings included:

part 1, 1941-1960

  • Mildred Bailey and the Delta Rhythm Boys – recorded on 24 June 1941; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 3953, b/w “Lover, Come Back to Me!” (m. Sigmund Romberg, w. Oscar Hammerstein II), B-side recorded by Mildred Bailey — The chorus precedes the verse in this version.*

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  • Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra, vocal: Garry Stephens – recorded on 27 June 1941, and issued on the 78 rpm single OKeh 6291, c/w “What Word is Sweeter than Sweetheart”
  • Harry James and his Orchestra, vocal: Dick Haymes — recorded on 30 June 1941; issued on Columbia 36246, as the B-side of “Yes Indeed!” (Oliver)
  • Barbary Coast Orchestra, of Dartmouth College — label dated 7 December 1942
  • Percy Faith and Mitch Miller — title track from the 1956 album Columbia Records CL 779
  • Mundell Lowe — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ on 20 February 1956; released on the 1956 LP Guitar Moods, Riverside Records RLP 12-208 (Mono)
  • Patti Page — from The Patti Page Show, possibly Episode 1.2, broadcast on 23 June 1956
  • June Christy – from her 1957 album Gone for the Day, Capitol T902 — with orchestra arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo
  • Dick Johnson Quartet — recorded in NYC on 30 October 1957; released on the 1957 album Most Likely…, Riverside Records RLP 12-253
  • The Creed Taylor Orchestra — from the 1958 album Shock Music in Hi-Fi, ABC Paramount Records ABC-259 (Mono), ABCS-259 (Stereo)
  • Tony Bennett with Ralph Sharon and his Orchestra — issued on 16 February 1959 on the 45 rpm single Columbia Records 4-41341, b/w “Being True to One Another”
  • Nelson Riddle — originally released on the 1959 album The Joy of Living, (US) Capitol Records T 1148 (Mono), ST 1148 (Stereo)
  • Joe Wilder — originally released on the 1959 album The Pretty Sound, (US) Columbia CL 1372 (Mono), CS 8173 (Stereo)
  • The Frank Wess Quartet — recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, on 9 May 1960; released on the 1960 self-titled album (US) Moodsville MVLP 8

  • Tak Shindo — from the 1960 album Accent on Bamboo, (US) Capitol Records T-1433 (Mono), ST-1433 (Stereo)

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City living is a pretty living
It’s so full of unexpected thrills
But there’s too much stone
Too much telephone
There’s too much of everything but trees and hills

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