Angel Eyes (1946 song)

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"Angel Eyes" is a 1946 popular song composed by Matt Dennis, with lyrics by Earl Brent. It was featured in the 1953 film Jennifer. First edition by Dorsey Bros Music a Div. of Music Sales Corp (ASCAP) 1946 (Renewed).



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Composition[edit]

"Angel Eyes" is a jazz standard which has inspired many interpretations. Many performers have recorded versions of the song, including Bill Henderson, Chet Baker, Don Ellis, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, James Booker, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Sonny Stitt, Neil Sedaka, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Pearson, Hank Crawford, Earl Grant, Jim Hall, Wayne Shorter, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Charles Neville, Oscar Peterson, Sting, and Duke Ellington. Ella Fitzgerald, who recorded "Angel Eyes" at least four times, named it her favorite song.[1]

Selected recorded versions[edit]

Performer Album Year Source
Karrin Allyson In Blue 2002 [2]
Gene Ammons Angel Eyes 1960 [3]
Ernestine Anderson Ernestine Anderson Swings the Penthouse 2015
Shirley Bassey Shirley Bassey 1961 [4]
James Booker Classified 1982
Dave Brubeck Angel Eyes 1966 [5]
Cheryl Bentyne and Rob Wasserman Duets 1988 [6]
Royce Campbell Trioing 2002
Benny Carter Cosmopolite 1954 [2]
June Christy Impromptu 1977
Chris Connor Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years 2000
Sonny Criss Saturday Morning 1975 [2]
Dee Dee Bridgewater Keeping Tradition 1993
Matt Dennis Matt Dennis Plays and Sings Matt Dennis 1954 [2]
Kat Edmonson Take to the Sky 2009
Ella Fitzgerald Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert 1958 [2]
The Four Freshmen Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones 1955 [7]
Roberta Flack Roberta 1994
Fonseca Sinfónico 2014
Earl Grant Beyond the Reef 1962
Dick and Kiz Harp At the 90th Floor 1960
Sanford Hinderlie Patchwork: A Tribute to James Booker 2003
Jack Jones 1959
Aleka Kanellidou Back to Jazz 2000
Stan Kenton and June Christy Road Show 1959
Moe Koffman Devil's Brew 1996
k.d. lang We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song 2007
Joe Lovano Rush Hour 1994 [2]
Barry Manilow Manilow Sings Sinatra 1998
Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis 1956
Daniel Matto I'm Old Fashioned 2010
Carmen McRae Book of Ballads 1960
Mark Murphy Rah! 1961
Willie Nelson with Ray Charles Angel Eyes 1984 [8]
Charles Neville Safe in Buddha's Palm 2007
Anita O'Day Waiter, Make Mine Blues 1960 [9]
Sue Raney Breathless! 1997
Jimmy Scott All the Way 1992
Neil Sedaka Circulate 1961
George Shearing Favorite Things 1997
Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely 1958 [2]
Sting Leaving Las Vegas 1995 [10]
Gary Thomas Till We Have Faces 1992
Bob Thompson Just for Kicks 1958
Rebecka Törnqvist A Night Like This 1993
McCoy Tyner The Turning Point 1991 [2]
Laura Weinbach La Nuit 2007
Nancy Wilson Welcome to My Love 1968

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angel Eyes" – Steyn's Song of the Week, February 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4. 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Angel Eyes - Gene Ammons". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Shirley Bassey - Shirley Bassey". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Angel Eyes - Dave Brubeck". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  6. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Duets - Rob Wasserman". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  7. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Four Freshmen and Five Trombones". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  8. ^ Chrispell, James. "Angel Eyes - Willie Nelson". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  9. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Waiter, Make Mine Blues - Anita O'Day". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 
  10. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Leaving Las Vegas". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

  • "Angel Eyes" – Steyn's Song of the Week, February 9, 2014.