Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released 1963
Recorded January 5,6,7, 1963
Genre Jazz
Length 43:00
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
Ella Sings Broadway
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
Ella and Basie!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook is a 1963 (see 1963 in music) studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with an Orchestra conducted and arranged by Nelson Riddle, focusing on the songs of Jerome Kern.

Ella had previously recorded with Riddle on her epic George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959), and had recorded two albums of standards with him in 1962.

This was the seventh album in Ella's series of historic recordings of songs written by the great Broadway composers. The previous albums were dedicated to songs by;

The last songbook, dedicated to Johnny Mercer (Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book) was to be released in 1964.

In contrast to the Johnny Mercer Songbook, (the only Songbook dedicated to a lyricist), this is the only Songbook where the composer does not contribute any of the lyrics. Awarded four and a half stars by Down Beat Magazine in 1963, this album contains a fine selection of Jazz standards, with All the Things You Are, (named by Tony Bennett as his favourite song), a wistful Oscar winning The Way You Look Tonight, which contrasts beautifully with Sinatra's more famous swinging version from his 1964 album Sinatra Sings...Academy Award Winners, and A Fine Romance from Astaire and Roger's Swing Time.

Track listing[edit]

For the 1963 Verve LP release; Verve V6-4060; Re-issued in 2005 on CD, Verve B0003933-02

Side One:

  1. "Let's Begin" (Otto Harbach) – 2:56
  2. "A Fine Romance" (Dorothy Fields) – 3:36
  3. "All the Things You Are" (Oscar Hammerstein II) – 3:15
  4. "I'll Be Hard to Handle" (Bernard Dougall) – 3:47
  5. "You Couldn't Be Cuter" (Fields) – 3:13
  6. "She Didn't Say Yes" (Harbach) – 3:20

Side Two:

  1. "I'm Old Fashioned" (Johnny Mercer) – 3:27
  2. "Remind Me" (Fields) – 3:50
  3. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Fields) – 4:28
  4. "Yesterdays" (Harbach) – 2:51
  5. "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (Hammerstein) – 3:54
  6. "Why Was I Born?" (Hammerstein) – 3:44

All music written by Jerome Kern with lyricists as indicated.


Recorded January 5,6,7 1963 at Radio Recorders Studio 10H, Los Angeles:

Tracks 1,3,5,6 and 8

On Tracks 2,4, and 7:

Personnel Same as Tracks 1,3,5,6, and 8 except Felix Slatkin and Marshall Sosson Violin replace Don Lube and Sidney Sharp; Edgar Lustgarten Cello replaces Ray Kramer; and add Ann Stockton on Harp.


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 

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