Laura (1945 song)

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"Laura" is a 1945 popular song. The music was composed by David Raksin for the 1944 movie Laura starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, and is heard frequently in the movie. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer after the film had made the tune popular. According to Mercer, he had not yet seen the movie when he wrote the lyrics, but was aware that it was a romantic, somewhat haunting story.

The song has become a jazz standard, with more than 400 known recordings.[1] Some of the best-known versions are by Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker, J. J. Johnson, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra[2] and Julie London (included on her 1955 debut album Julie Is Her Name, Vol. 1).

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