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Blues in the Night
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"Blues in the Night" is a popular song which has become a pop standard and is generally considered to be part of the Great American Songbook. The music was written by Harold Arlen, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, for a 1941 film begun with the working title Hot Nocturne, but finally released as Blues in the Night. The song is sung in the film by William Gillespie.[1]

"Blues in the Night"
from the film of the same name
Music by Lyrics by Published Language Harold Arlen Johnny Mercer 1941 English

Original artist William Gillespie

Contents
1 Writing the song 2 Academy Award Nomination 3 Critical comment 4 Famous phrases from the lyrics 5 Recorded versions 5.1 Charting versions 5.2 Other notable versions 5.3 Additional recorded versions (and further details on above versions) 6 Other uses 7 Notes

Recorded by Many artists: see #Recorded versions

Writing the song
Arlen and Mercer wrote the entire score for the 1941 film Blues in the Night. One requirement was for a blues song to be sung in a jail cell. As usual with Mercer, the composer wrote the music first, then Mercer wrote the words. Arlen said, The whole thing just poured out. And I knew in my guts, without even thinking what Johnny would write for a lyric, that this was strong, strong, strong! When Mercer wrote "Blues in the Night", I went over his lyric and I started to hum it over his desk. It sounded marvelous once I got to the second stanza but that first twelve was weak tea. On the third or fourth page of his work sheets I saw some lines—one of them was "My momma done tol' me, when I was in knee pants." I said, "Why don't you try that?" It was one of the very few times I've ever suggested anything like that to John. When they finished writing the song, Mercer called a friend, singer Margaret Whiting, and asked if they could come over and play it for her. She suggested they come later because she had dinner guests—Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Martha Raye. Instead, Arlen and Mercer went right over. Margaret Whiting remembered what happened then: They came in the back door, sat down at the piano and played the score of "Blues in the Night". I remember forever the reaction. Mel got up and said, "I can't believe it." Martha couldn't say a word.
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" Judy Garland said. was present at the ceremony. peaking at #1.[4] Critical comment Composer Alec Wilder said of this song." We had them play it seven times.[1] Artie Shaw. a nominated song has to have been written specifically for the motion picture in which it is performed. being from the South. "That's the greatest thing I've ever heard.[1][6] Jimmie Lunceford." Recorded versions Charting versions Recorded versions that charted in the United States were by Woody Herman. Oscar Hammerstein II. Kern was so upset at winning with a song that had not been specifically written for a motion picture and that had been published and recorded before the film came out that he petitioned the Motion Picture Academy to change the rules.[1][6] Cab Calloway.[6][9] The Dinah Shore recording was released by RCA Bluebird Records as catalog number 11436. "My momma done tol' me / when I was in pigtails.Wikipedia. "Play it again. too racially white. Jerome Kern.[6][9] 2 of 6 27-Mar-13 13:22 .wikipedia. Anne Shelton[7]<ref=The Singing Detective/> and Helen Shapiro. the free encyclopedia http://en.[3] Observers expected that either "Blues in the Night" or "Chattanooga Choo Choo" would win. The Woody Herman recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 4030. Since then. and Rosemary Clooney. It was a lovely night.[1][10] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on February 13. "'Blues in the Night' is certainly a landmark in the evolution of American popular music. 1942 and lasted 7 weeks on the chart. Judy and I ran to the piano to see who was going to learn it first.[2] Academy Award Nomination In 1941 "Blues in the Night" was one of nine songs nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. lyrically as well as musically. realized "that Arlen's notes were meant to be sung as a blues slide and that individual syllables would have made the song too formal. 1942 and lasted 11 weeks on the chart."[citation needed] Famous phrases from the lyrics "My momma done tol' me" "when I was in knee pants" "worrisome thing" "a woman'll sweet talk" The first two lines have been sung in several ways: "My momma done tol' me / when I was in knee pants".Blues in the Night .org/wiki/Blues_in_the_Night Mickey Rooney said. so that when "The Last Time I Saw Paris" actually won. nor lyricist.[1][6] Dinah Shore. peaking at #4. "My momma done tol' me / when I was in blue jeans".[1][8] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on January 2. neither its composer. Recorded versions in the United Kingdom were by Shirley Bassey."[5] Mercer.

Harold Sings Arlen. 1995. 1941. 1943. she recorded it with The Starlighters in a version released on an album (The Ballad of the Blues. Additional recorded versions (and further details on above versions) Frank Sinatra . she recorded it with Johnny Mercer. Orch. with the flip side “Says Who? Says You. The arrangement by vocalist Bill Champlin features a guitar solo by Aerosmith's Joe Perry.[12] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on November 21. peaking at #4. both versions with the flip side “St. catalog number CL-1332) by Columbia Records.org/wiki/Blues_in_the_Night The Jimmie Lunceford recording was released by Decca Records as catalog number 4125.[1][8] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on January 30.[6][9] The Cab Calloway recording was released by OKeh Records as catalog number 6422. On February 20.[9] The Rosemary Clooney recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39813.[13] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on September 26. released by Bluebird Records as catalog number 11327. 1942 and lasted 1 week on the chart. released by OKeh Records as catalog number 6422. with the flip side “Isle of Pines”[10]) Shirley Bassey Tex Beneke (as "Blues in the Night March". she recorded it for the July 25. the rock group Chicago included the song on their "Night and Day" album in 1995.Blues in the Night . On October 15. Night and Day. the Pied Pipers.[9] The Artie Shaw recording was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 27609. 1941 and lasted 1 week on the chart. the song has been recorded at least three times by Jo Stafford. at #8.[9] Other notable versions In addition. Billy May (1960) More recently. peaking at #29.Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (1958) Arlen himself recorded the song for his 1966 album. 1959. Louis Blues”[15]) Luis Arcaraz (released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-4418. 1941. 1952 and lasted 2 weeks on the chart. later version of Decca 23524 released as a Larry Adler harmonica solo. 1944. Says I”[11]) Eva Cassidy Chicago.[1][11] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 6. released by Columbia Records as 3 of 6 27-Mar-13 13:22 . catalog number CD1) by Capitol Records. with the flip side “Stormy Weather”[16]) Louis Armstrong (1957) Charlie Barnet and his orchestra (recorded October 5. released by Decca Records as catalog number 23524. the free encyclopedia http://en. released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-3513. release of "Songs That Won The War: Hollywood Canteen". and Paul Weston's Orchestra.wikipedia. in a version released as a single (catalog number 10001[14]) and on an album (Songs by Johnny Mercer. Finally. 1942 and lasted 5 weeks on the chart. with the flip side "The One Who Gets You"[17]) Sam Butera (1964) Cab Calloway and his orchestra (vocal: Calloway & The Palmer Brothers) (recorded September 10.Wikipedia. 1995 Rosemary Clooney with Percy Faith's orchestra (recorded April 1952. at #10. Another version was in album Once More with Feeling: singer: Billy Eckstine. Larry Adler and the John Kirby Orchestra (recorded January 20.

1941. released by Decca Records as catalog number 4125A & 4125B.org/wiki/Blues_in_the_Night catalog number 39813. released by OKeh Records as catalog number 6553. Chess) Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians (vocal: Kenny Gardner. released by Capitol Records as catalog number 10001. with the flip side “Laughing Boy Blues”.Blues in the Night . Jo Stafford. We're Gonna Make It (1965.wikipedia. the free encyclopedia http://en. released by Columbia Records as catalog number 37858.[23] re-recorded May 7. with the flip side “Blue Prelude”[24]) Harry James and his orchestra (recorded December 30. released by Victor Records as catalog number 27609. 4 September 1980) Betty Reilly (released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2888. with the flip side “My Devotion medley”[22]) Woody Herman and his Orchestra (vocal: Woody Herman) (recorded September 10. with the flip side “Teacher's Pet”[19]) Jula de Palma in her album Jula in jazz (1958) Ella Fitzgerald on Ella Swings Lightly (1958) and Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook (1961). Verve) Little Milton. with the flip side “This Time the Dream's on Me”[12]) 4 of 6 27-Mar-13 13:22 . recorded January 27.[1] recorded December 22. released by Decca Records as catalog number 4183A. (recorded 3. with the flip side “Breezin' Along with the Breeze”[28]) Katie Melua (Piece by Piece. 2005) Johnny Mercer (released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1608. on his 1980 album Winter Moon. with the flip side “Where or When”. with the flip side “On the Nodaway Road”[14]) Van Morrison with Georgie Fame recorded (1995) on How Long Has This Been Going On Art Pepper with strings. with the flip side “Who Kissed Me Last Night?”. 1941 in two parts. with the flip side “Tenderly”[18]) Bing Crosby and John Scott Trotter's Orchestra (recorded January 27. Judy Garland and the David Rose Orchestra (released by Decca Records as catalog number 4081A. released by Decca Records as catalog number 24311. released by Decca Records as catalog number 4177A. 1941. and The Pied Pipers (recorded 1943. released by Elite Records as catalog number 5010B. 1941. 1942. with the flip side “Candy”[29]) Johnny Mercer. with the flip side “All For Love”[25]) Quincy Jones His version was featured prominently in the Soundtrack of Ocean's Eleven (2001) . with the flip side “Bewitched”[21]) Bob Grant (medley recorded July 1. released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36500. with the flip side “Miss You”[8]) Doris Day (released by Columbia Records as catalog number 41103. with the flip side “The Peanut Vendor”[30]) Helen Shapiro Artie Shaw and his Orchestra (vocal "Hot Lips" Page) (recorded September 2. 1947. with the flip side “This Time the Dream's on Me”[8] and as catalog number 25194. 1941.[8] also released by Decca Records as catalog number 28441 both sides[27]) Nellie Lutcher (released by Decca Records as catalog number 29284. 1944. 1942.[13] re-released as catalog number 40031.(the George Clooney Brad Pitt remake) Ledisi.[20] also released by Harmony Records as catalog number Ha1012.Wikipedia. with the flip side “The End of the Rainbow”[8]) Benny Goodman and his Sextet (vocal: Peggy Lee & Lou McGarity) (recorded December 24. with the flip side “Frankie and Johnny”[8] Julie London Clyde Lucas and his orchestra (vocal: Eadie Lang) (recorded November 1941. released by Decca Records as catalog number 4030B. with the flip side “I Said No”[26] Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra (vocal: Willie Smith. We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song (2007.

Edward Foote (2000). released February 1962. At one point. John (September 19. Porky's preferred number in that cartoon is "On Moonlight Bay". with the flip side “Cry Baby Blues”[33]) Joe Turner with Howard Biggs' Orchestra (recorded January 22.wikipedia. released by Decca Records as catalog number 18271A. 1942.imdb. with the flip side “Sometimes”. changing the lyrics to. 5 of 6 27-Mar-13 13:22 . would occasionally sing the beginning of the song on the Jack Benny radio program.. and others.com/title/tt0033409/awards." Telarc August 2006.[10] also released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-1543. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Gardner. The Hypo-Chondri-Cat. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Porky unconsciously starts to sing "My Mama Done Tol' Me. Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid. 16”[32]) Cal Tjader (arr. released by Columbia Records as catalog number 36534.com/title/tt0033409/awards) . ^ "Awards for Blues in the Night (1941)" (http://www. the free encyclopedia http://en. Bugs Bunny half-mutters the song. "My mamma done told me. and the song is featured prominently (with revised lyrics) in the 1943 Merrie Melody cartoon Fifth Column Mouse as well as in Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs. studios in the 1940s and '50s. ISBN 1-55778-789-1. http://www. released by Decca Records as catalog number 8606. 2005). "Come Rain Or Come Shine: The Bittersweet Life of Harold Arlen". 1900-1949. with the flip side “How Do I Know It's Real?”[25]) Jo Stafford (1959) Alec Templeton (piano instrumental." the song is sung by the Tyr'ahnee. "The New Yorker". Paul. looks into the camera with a "Harumph!" and returns to "Moonlight Bay." then stops. 1942. 2. scored for strings.Blues in the Night .org/wiki/Blues_in_the_Night Dinah Shore (recorded January 12. Popular Songs of the 20th Century: Chart Detail & Encyclopedia. 1942. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 3. the musical riff "my mama done tol' me" is used to identify a black duck from 'South' Germany in the 1942 Looney Tunes cartoon The Ducktators. "Talent Show a Go-Go. reissued on CD in 2002 as Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen and West Side Story). and a jazz quartet led by vibraphonist Tjader. Minnesota: Paragon House. Notes 1." The melody is also heard in Porky Pig's Feat. with the flip side “(We're Gonna) Jump for Joy”[34]) Fred Waring's Singers (recorded June 23. released by Bluebird Records as catalog number 11436. Joe Turner with the Freddie Slack Trio (recorded January 28. pp. 1958. a buzzard is two face. the Martian Queen. Clare Fischer) . harp." Additionally. In the 1942 cartoon. 2012 Other uses The song was frequently sampled by composer Carl Stalling in his musical scores for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Bros. in which Porky Pig is tormented by the duck while on a camping trip. Op.Cal Tjader Plays Harold Arlen (recorded June 1960. released by Atlantic Records as catalog number 1184. with the flip side “Grieg Concerto in A Minor. with the flip side “That Old Black Magic”[35]) Ann Hampton Callaway on her album of the same name "Blues in the Night.. St. The then-recent hit song is sung incessantly by Daffy Duck in the ironically-titled 1942 cartoon My Favorite Duck.Wikipedia. Early to Bet. with the flip side “How Come You Do Me Like You Do”[31]) Kate Smith (recorded February 12. imdb. ^ Lahr. recorded February 21. 92–93. 1942. released by Decca Records as catalog number 29218. Sylvia Brooks on her album Restless. 1942.imdb. In the Duck Dodgers season 2 episode.

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