Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green song)

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The cover of Johnny Green and His Orchestra's recording of "Out of Nowhere".

"Out of Nowhere" is a popular song composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman. It was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1931 on the soundtrack of the movie "Dude Ranch" and became his first number one hit as a solo artist.[1] It has become a jazz standard, with dozens of instrumental and vocal versions by various artists.

Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins's instrumental 1937 version with Benny Carter and Django Reinhardt became very successful, and Hawkins's performance on the song was so intimidating that no tenor saxophone player tried the tune until eight years later, when Don Byas recorded it.[1] Charlie Parker recorded a ballad version in 1947. Al Hirt released a version on his 1961 album, The Greatest Horn in the World.[2]

The song's harmonic progression has been used in several later songs, such as Alexander Courage's "Theme from Star Trek", Tadd Dameron's "Casbah", Fats Navarro's "Nostalgia" and Lennie Tristano's "317 East 32nd Street."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Out of Nowhere at jazzstandards.com - retrieved on May 7 2009
  2. ^ Al Hirt, The Greatest Horn in the World Retrieved April 6, 2013.

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