Recently published pages

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December 2018

29 Dec — Irving Berlin: selected “I’m” songs — I’ve made a companion for the page Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra: 19 “I’m” songs, recorded 1928-1940, published in 2011. However, none of the nineteen “I’m” songs in the Ambrose page were written by Berlin.

January 2019

2 Jan — I Want to Be In Dixie (1912): selected sheet music covers

2 Jan — When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (1912): selected sheet music covers

3 Jan — I’m Getting Tired So I Can Sleep (Irving Berlin)

4 Jan — Irving Berlin: sheet music galleries — index for new and previously published Irving Berlin galleries

5 Jan — Porgy (McHugh, Fields) – © 1928

See also the 8 January post Porgy (Fields & McHugh), 1928 – lyric, which features a transcription of the 1930 Ethel Waters recording.

10 Jan — I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Irving Berlin) — replaces a previously published post

10 Jan — Van Heusen, Jimmy: selected standards with music by — index to previously published pages

10 Jan — Fox Chase & Lost John – selected recordings, 1923-1972

11 Jan — Hit the Road Jack

14 Jan — Walt Disney: selected songs from animated Disney films, 1937-1942 — index to new and previously published pages

14 Jan — Bambi (1942): selected songs

Let’s Sing a Gay Little Spring Song

Little April Shower

19 Jan – Swanee – selected early recordings, 1919-1920

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Recently repaired, expanded, or otherwise revised pages (last few weeks):

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Tonight (Tuesday) I published a page on another jazz standard with a spring theme. The new page is here:

Suddenly It’s Spring

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

The song was registered for copyright on 7 December 1943. It was recorded by Ginger Rogers and Don Loper — according to IMDb, SecondHandSongs, and others — for the 1944 feature film Lady in the Dark, though it was cut from the film. A post on the song at The Ginger Rogers Resource says:

Miss Ginger Rogers recorded the song “Suddenly It’s Spring” for the movie Lady in the Dark. When the movie was released in 1944, the song had been left on the cutting room floor BUT the recording was put on a record…

However, the link provided there to a Rogers recording at archive.org is dead, and I’ve been unable to locate the recording elsewhere.

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A chronological list of recordings of the song included in the page:

  • Hildegarde — recorded on 4 January 1944; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 23297, b/w “Leave Us Face It (We’re In Love)”
  • Ginny Simms — recorded on 28 January 1944; issued on the single Columbia 36693, b/w “Irresistible You”
  • Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band , vocal: Johnny Desmond — recorded on 19 February 1944; available on the album The Missing Chapters – Volume 1: American Patrol (2007)
  • Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, vocal: Eugenie Baird — recorded on 28 February 1944; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 18596, b/w “Sure Thing” (Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin)
  • Jerry Cooper with orchestra directed by Wilbur Hatch — evidently a radio broadcast transcription — The provider says, “from June 1, 1944 Spotlight On Music” and “orchestra directed by Wilbur Hatch.”
  • Frank Sinatra – I haven’t been able to date or locate this recording. My guess would be mid- to late 1940s. The audience applause at the beginning suggests that it’s from a live show, though that could be canned. Steve Albin’s extensive list of songs recorded by Sinatra doesn’t include “Suddenly It’s Spring.” The quality of the recording is low. Update: A comment below by 1jazzguy, dated 2018/03/18 at 8:34 am, says:

Sinatra’s version is from a 1945 radio *broadcast.
*From an unknown source, added to the AFRS rebroadcast.

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  • The Fabulous Five — from the 1966 album Lara’s Theme, Power Records D406 (Mono), DS 406 (Stereo)
  • Joe Albany — from the 1972 album Proto-Bopper, released on Revelation Records in the US and Spotlite Records in the UK
  • Zoot Sims Quartet— recorded on 26 May 1983 in New York City; from the 1983 LP Suddenly It’s Spring, Pablo Records 2310-898
  • Fraser MacPherson Quartet — from the 1987 album Honey and Spice, Justin Time JUST-23-1

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