He Was Too Good to Me

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"He Was Too Good to Me"
Published 1930
Composer Richard Rodgers
Lyricist Lorenz Hart
Language English
Recorded by Many artists

"He Was Too Good to Me" is a song with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. It was introduced in the tryouts of their 1930 Broadway musical Simple Simon, but was dropped before the show's New York opening. Despite its inauspicious beginning, the song has become a jazz standard, and has been recorded by such artists as Barry Galbraith, Chet Baker, Thad Jones, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Chris Connor, Jeri Southern and Carmen McRae.

The song is occasionally sung as “She was too good to me”, especially by male singers, including The Vogues on their album Till.

More recently, the song was covered by Bette Midler on her album Some People's Lives in 1990, as a medley paired with Since You Stayed Here. Australian singer Renée Geyer recorded the song on her album Difficult Woman in 1994. On Midler's version the second verse contains the revised line "I was a queen to him. Who's gonna light my way now?", while Geyer's version reprises the original "I was a queen to him. Who's gonna make me gay now?".

This song, sung by Bob Shane, is featured in the Kingston Trio album called Something Special released in 1962 with orchestral accompaniment which was unusual for the group/.This song was also recently released by Bob Shane, of the Kingston Trio, on his new album "The World Needs a Melody".


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