Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from "Let No Man Write My Epitaph"

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from "Let No Man Write My Epitaph"
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald
Released 1960
Recorded April 14–April 19, 1960
Genre Jazz
Length 41:58
Label Verve
Producer Norman Granz
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CD release artwork
CD release artwork
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from "Let No Man Write My Epitaph" is a 1960 (see 1960 in music) album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the pianist Paul Smith. Let No Man Write My Epitaph was a 1960 Hollywood movie featuring Fitzgerald.

This album has only been available on CD as The Intimate Ella, and is considered one of Ella's greatest recordings. Ella's 1950 Decca album Ella Sings Gershwin, is in a similar vein, with Ella accompanied by the pianist Ellis Larkins.

The album hints at a depth of emotional understanding that critics often complained was missing in Ella's reading of jazz lyrics, and once again establishes her as one of the supreme interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Scott Yanow's review of the album (on Allmusic) declared, "Listeners who [think] Ella Fitzgerald... had trouble giving the proper emotional intensity to lyrics will be surprised by this sensitive and often haunting set".

Track listing[edit]

For the 1960 Verve LP release; Verve MG V-4043; Re-issued as The Intimate Ella in 1989 on CD, Verve-PolyGram 839 838-2

Side One:

  1. "Black Coffee" (Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:27
  2. "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) – 3:27
  3. "I Cried for You" (Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman) – 3:26
  4. "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:28
  5. "Then You've Never Been Blue" (Ted Fio Rito, Sam M. Lewis, Frances Langford, Joe Young) – 3:10
  6. "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" (Ray Noble) – 2:49
  7. "My Melancholy Baby" (Ernie Burnett, George Norton) – 2:57

Side Two:

  1. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 2:51
  2. "September Song" (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 3:40
  3. "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 4:17
  4. "Who's Sorry Now?" (Burt Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Ted Snyder) – 3:26
  5. "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" (George Bassman, Ned Washington) – 2:36
  6. "Reach for Tomorrow" (McHugh, Washington) – 2:24


Recorded April 14–19, 1960 at United Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles:


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