Great American Songbook

1920-1950s American popular songs written for musicals and film.

Autumn In New York - Jazz Standard

Autumn In New York

Autumn In New York was written by Vernon Duke in 1934 for the Broadway musical Thumbs Up.  Many jazz musicians went on to perform it including Billie Holiday and her iconic rendition. ...
Embraceable You - Jazz Standard

Embraceable You

Embraceable You was written by George Gershwin in 1928 originally for an unpublished operetta entitled East is West.  In 1930 it was published and featured in the Broadway musical Girl Crazy.  It...
A foggy day - Jazz Standards

A Foggy Day

A Foggy Day or also known as A Foggy Day (In London Town), was written by George Gershwin. Lyrics were written by his brother Ira Gershwin with whom he frequently collaborated...
Love-For-Sale

Love For Sale

Love For Sale was written by Cole Porter for the 1930 musical The New Yorkers. The lyrics refer to a prostitutes offerings of "love for sale" and was considered scandalous, even...
Alice in Wonderland - Jazz Standards

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland was written by Sammy Fain for the 1951 Disney classic Alice In Wonderland. Bill Evans arguably brought this song to popularity in the jazz world with his incredible...
It-Don't-Mean-A-Thing

It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)

It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) was written by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills in 1931. The piece was composed and arranged during performance...
Remember

Remember

Remember was written by Irving Berlin in 1925. It has been recorded by greats such as Red Norvo and his Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Arguably the most popular...
blue_moon

Blue Moon

Blue Moon was written in 1933 by the iconic song-writing team Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. It was first written for the 1933 film The Hollywood Revue under the title Prayer,...
Never-Let-Me-Go

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go was written by Jay Livingston with lyrics by Ray Evans. This is a beautiful ballad to add to your repertoire. It is most commonly played in the...
Stormy-Weather

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather was written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, and first sang by Ethel Waters at the Cotton Club. The tune was originally written for Cab Calloway, vocalist and band...

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