Great Songwriters

This edition of Pates Place we salute a select group of composers who have birthdays in February.

Harold Arlen composed “I’ve Got the World on a String”. Here Lena Horne sings (lyrics by Ted Koehler) and Phil Woods plays on Lena: A New Album.

Harold Arlen also wrote “Ill Wind”. This time Koehler’s lyrics are sung by Dinah Washington on Vol 4 of Mercury’s The Complete Dinah Washington. (The box set is pricy but you can download individual tracks for 99-cents.)

Matt Dennis (pictured) is the composer of “The Night We Called It A Day”, played here by Oscar Peterson recorded At the London House.

Josef Myrow composed “You Make Me Feel So Young” sung here by Frank Sinatra on Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (lyrics by Mack Gordon).


Bronislaw Kaper (L) composed “Green Dolphin Street” and “Invitation”. Sung here by Sarah Vaughan (lyrics by Ned Washington an Paul Francis Webster, respectively), bot are on her CD titled You’re Mine You.

Burton Lane (R) wrote the music to “You Won’t Forget Me” (lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner). Shirley Horn sings it on You Won’t Forget Me.

Matt Dennis composed “Angel Eyes”. It is a bonus track on Oscar Peterson’s Pastel Moods recording.

Harold Arlen composed “Blues In the Night” and “Violets For Your Furs”. The first is on Frank Sinatra Sings the Select Johnny Mercer, followed by Phil Woods’ instrumental performance of Violets from Groovin’ To Marty Paich.

Burton Lane’s “On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) is from Oscar Peterson’s On A Clear Day recording and in the UK on My Personal Choice.

“As Time Goes By” was composed by Herman Hupfeld. Peggy Lee sings it on her If You Go recording available on CD combined with The Man I Love.

Harold Arlen’s “Come Rain Or Come Shine” is played here by David Sanborn on his Pearls CD (also available as a single track).

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