“Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook” is an album recorded between August 1, 1960 and January 14, 1961 with conductor Billy May.
Track Listing : 1.Blues In The Night (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 07:14 . 2.Let’S Fall In Love (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 04:05 . 3.Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 05:17 . 4.Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 02:26 . 5.My Shining Hour (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 04:02 . 6.Hooray For Love (Harold Arlen, Leo Robin) – 02:45 . 7.This Time The Dream’S On Me (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 04:39 . 8.That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 04:13 . 9.I’Ve Got The World On A String (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 04:54 . 10.Let’S Take A Walk Around The Block (Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg) – 04:03 . 11.Ill Wind (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 03:55 . 12.Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 03:37 . 13.When The Sun Comes Out (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 05:10 . 14.Come Rain Or Come Shine (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 03:24 . 15.As Long As I Live (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 03:48 . 16.Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 03:30 . 17.It’S Only A Paper Moon (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Billy Rose) – 03:37 . 18.The Man That Got Away (Harold Arlen, Gershwin) – 05:21 . 19.One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 03:58 . 20.It Was Written In The Stars (Harold Arlen, Robin) – 05:11 . 21.Get Happy (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 03:33 . 22.I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 05:12 . 23.Out Of This World (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 02:46 . 24.Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 04:21
Musicians : Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals . Don Fagerquist – Trumpet . Frank Beach – Trumpet . Conrad Gozzo – Trumpet . Joseph Tiscari – Trumpet . Milt Bernhart – Trombone . Edward Kusby -Trombone . Richard Noel – Trombone . George Roberts – Bass Trombone . Benny Carter – Alto Saxophone . Plas Johnson – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Klee – Woodwind, Flute . Ray Kramer – Vibraphone . Eleanor Slatkin – Vibraphone . Emil Richards – Vibraphone . Paul Smith – Piano . John Collins – Guitar . Joe Mondragon – Double Bass . Alvin Stoller – Drums . Billy May – Conductor . Justin Gordon- Violin . Wilbur Schwartz- Violin . Victor Arno – Violin . Israel Baker – Viola . Victor Bay – Viola . Alex Beller – Viola . Dan Lube – Viola . Erno Neufeld – Viola . Lou Raderman – Viola . Nathan Ross – Viola . Sidney Sharp – Viola . Gerald Vinci – Viola . Alex Neimann – Viola . Paul Robyn – Cello . Barbara Simons – Cello . Armand Kaproff – Cello
Production : Produced By Norman Granz . Val Valentin – Engineer
Package : Henri Matisse – Cover Art . Edward Jablonski – Liner Notes . Herman Leonard – Photography . Doug Ramsey – Liner Notes . Phil Stern – Photography
Recorded In Five Sessions From August 1, 1960 – July 14 1961.
Released In 1961 By Verve.
May recalled Ella as “always very sweet and cooperative,” in the studio. Arlen had much more to say: “She stands alone while almost everyone else is derivative. Her voice, her style, are pure unadulterated American, her phrasing impeccable – she improvises playfully and with more fluidity than most instrumentalists.” Rarely would he get a lovelier salute than when the First Lady of Song smiled upon him in this album. […]
Ella Fitzgerald‘s idea to sing the songbooks of major writers proved smart, savvyand artful.. Billy May’s orchestra lays down a quiet mix of horns and strings that perfectly supports Fitzgerald on songs like “When the Sun Comes Out” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe.” […]
Audiophile Reference Recordings
“Ella is the only vocalist who manages to sing even the most complicated phrases of my songs with poise and lightness,” Harold Arlen stated upon completion of the production. […]