Autumn in New York (song)

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"Autumn in New York"
Song by J. Harold Murray
Written1934
GenreJazz
Songwriter(s)Vernon Duke

"Autumn in New York" is a jazz standard composed by Vernon Duke in Westport, Connecticut in the summer of 1934. It was written without a commission or for a specific show, but was offered by Duke to producer Murray Anderson for his Broadway musical Thumbs Up! which opened on December 27, 1934 (and closed in May 1935) and was performed by J. Harold Murray[1]. Many versions of the song have been recorded over the years by numerous musicians and singers. The only version to achieve chart success as a single in the USA was that by Frank Sinatra which reached No. 27 in 1949.[2]

Jazz versions have been performed by Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Stan Kenton, Sarah Vaughan, Sheila Jordan and Salvador Sobral. A duet of the song was also recorded by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald as well as Jo Stafford. Among the instrumental performances of the tune is a legendary version by guitarist Tal Farlow.

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  1. ^ Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Oxford University Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 393. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.

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