Heart and Soul (1938 song)

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"Heart and Soul"
Song by Larry Clinton & his Orchestra
Published 1938
Genre Jazz
Composer(s) Hoagy Carmichael
Lyricist(s) Frank Loesser

"Heart and Soul" is a popular song, with music by Hoagy Carmichael and lyrics by Frank Loesser, published in 1938. The original 1938 version was performed by Larry Clinton & his Orchestra featuring Bea Wain.

In 1939, three versions charted: Larry Clinton (reaching number one on the chart), Eddy Duchin (reaching number 12), and Al Donahue (reaching number 16). The song later charted as number 11 in 1952 by The Four Aces with the Jack Pleis Orchestra, and as number 57 in 1956 by Johnny Maddox. Two different cover versions charted in 1961, with The Cleftones reaching number 18 and Jan and Dean reaching number 25. Many covers have been recorded and it has been used in advertisements.

The band Train used the melody as a basis for their 2016 single "Play That Song".

Musical format[edit]

The song's A-section is often simplified as a repeating I-vi-IV-V progression and taught to beginning piano students as an easy two-hand duet (About this sound example ). Much like the piece "Chopsticks", this (somewhat inaccurate) version became widely known, even to those who never studied piano. The chord progression, often referred to as the "50s progression",[1] was later employed in the doo-wop hits of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Cleftones version[edit]

"Heart and Soul"
Heart and Soul 1961 Cleftones single.jpg
Single by The Cleftones
B-side "How Do You Feel?"
Released April 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1959, Rochester, New York
Genre Rhythm and blues, doo-wop
Length 1:52
Label Gee (1064)
Composer(s) Hoagy Carmichael
Lyricist(s) Frank Loesser
Producer(s) George Goldner
The Cleftones singles chronology
"Shadows on the Very Last Row/She's Gone"
"Heart and Soul"
"For Sentimental Reasons/Deed I Do"

The Cleftones succeeded with a rhythm and blues rearrangement of the song in 1961. After the release on April 17, 1961, "Heart and Soul" reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of that year, making this song The Cleftones' most popular work. In 1973, the song was used in American Graffiti.

In 1959, the Cleftones' manager, George Goldner, convinced the group that their future resided in re-recording existing songs with an established popularity.[2] By this time, Charles James had grown more proficient on the guitar, and the group and Goldner used that to develop a new arrangement of the piece.[3][4]

At that time, a local prominent disc jockey set up a recording session in Rochester, New York to record "Heart and Soul" and, arranged for singer Pat Spann's boyfriend Panama Francis to play drums and 15-year-old/future Grammy Award winner Duane Hitchings to play keyboards.[5] At the recording session, the group was presented with a rearrangement of Heart and Soul song that was more formal than the way they had practiced.[6] From that, the group imparted a variety of unexpected rhythms to give the song a syncopated feel.[7] At some point in the recording session, the drummer caught singer Pat in the closet with bass guitar player Warren, which abruptly ended the recording session.[5] As a result, the last track recorded at the session was used as the "Heart and Soul" record.[5]

"Heart and Soul" sat undistributed until 1961.[8] In early April of that year, Roulette Records president Morris Levy reactivated New York-based American record label Gee Records as a division of Roulette Records and made "Heart and Soul" the reactivated label's first release.[8] That same month, American news magazine Billboard Music Week review panel listed "The Cleftones; Heart and Soul (Famous, ASCAP) (1:52) Gee" as one of seventeen "Pick Hits" from all songs released in the week of April 17, 1961.[9] Under its "Spotlight Winners of the Week" column, Billboard identified the song as having the strongest sales potential of all records reviewed for the week, commenting on The Cleftones and "Heart and Soul,"

This was a hit group a few seasons back and this rendition could bring them back into action. It's the standard tune and it's done in rocking, teen-slanted fashion with a swinging beat. This could happen. Flip is "How Do You Feel" (Tyrol, BMI) (2:00)[10] Gee 1064."[11]

On July 3, 1961, "Heart and Soul" reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100,[12] and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 rhythm and blues chart.[2][13][14] The recording eventually sold approximately 350,000 copies for Gee/Roulette.[15] In 1973, the song was used in American Graffiti.[16]

Music critic Terry Atkinson of the Palm Beach Post noted in 1990 that "Heart and Soul" is the song for which the Cleftones are best remembered.[6] In 1999, American music critic Dave Marsh listed The Cleftones' "Heart and Soul" as number 913 in his book, The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.[17] In 2012, American author and essayist Ray Schuck noted that the lyrics, "Well, I know that you're in love with him, 'cause I saw you dancing in the gym/You both kicked off your shoes - man, I dig those rhythm and blues."—from Don McLean's song "American Pie might be a vague reference to the Cleftones' 1961 rhythm and blues song, "Heart and Soul."[18] In his essay, Schuck argued that such as reference would "segue nicely into the verses comprising the remainder of this stanza, albeit with a disappointing outcome."[18]

Jan and Dean version[edit]

Jan and Dean covered the song at the same time as the Cleftones recording was on the chart. They intended for it to be released on Liberty Records, who balked, and it was released on Gene Autry's Challenge Records instead. It reached #25 on the charts. Liberty, noting the success, signed them, and Jan & Dean went on to make five top-10 singles for the label (Surf City, Honolulu Lulu, Drag City, Deadman's Curve, and The Little Old Lady from Pasadena).

Other recordings[edit]

The following artists have registered a recording of this song with ASCAP.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Heart and Soul". (Sheet music) Cy Walter official site. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Warner, Jay (2006), American Singing Groups: A History from 1940 to Today, Hal Leonard Corporation, p. 119, ISBN 0634099787, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  3. ^ Anthony M. Musso (2008), Setting the Record Straight: The Music and Careers of Recording Artists from the 1950s and Early 1960s ... In Their Own Words, 2, AuthorHouse, p. 71, ISBN 1438952929, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  4. ^ Anthony DeCurtis; James Henke; Holly George-Warren (1992), The Rolling stone album guide: completely new reviews : every essential album, every essential artist (3 ed.), Random House, p. 139, ISBN 0679737294, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  5. ^ a b c Urban "Wally" Wallstrom (March 23, 2007), "Duane Hitchings, The Man Behind the Hits", RockUnited.com, retrieved January 18, 2013 
  6. ^ a b Atkinson, Terry (August 3, 1990), "'50s Doo-Wop Collection Offers Alternative To Rap", Palm Beach Post, sec. TGIF, p. 15 
  7. ^ Laycock, John (February 2, 2002), "Playbill", Windsor Star, sec. Entertainment, p. B4 
  8. ^ a b "Glover Named A.&R. Chief for Gee Label", Billboard Music Week, 73 (15), p. 3, April 17, 1961, ISSN 0006-2510, retrieved January 30, 2013, Henry Glover was named artist and repertoire 
  9. ^ "Pick Hits", Billboard Music Week, 73 (15), p. 38, April 17, 1961, ISSN 0006-2510, retrieved January 30, 2013 
  10. ^ "How do you feel?", by members of the Cleftones, w & m Herbert Cox, Gene Pearson, pseud. of Joshua Leviston & James Kendis a.k.a. Charles James, U.S. Copyright Registration Number EU0000664598, Date: 1961-03-31, where Adolph Tiedmann, through the estate of James Kendis a.k.a. Charles James is the copyright holder of "How do you feel?"
  11. ^ "Spotlight Winners of the Week", Billboard Music Week, 73 (15), p. 30, April 17, 1961, ISSN 0006-2510, retrieved January 30, 2013 
  12. ^ "The Nation's Top Tunes Honor Roll of Hits for the Week Ending July 9, 1961", Billboard Music Week, 73 (26), p. 18, July 3, 1961, ISSN 0006-2510, retrieved January 30, 2013 
  13. ^ "Golden Oldies Take Stage At Chasco Fiesta", Tampa Tribune, sec. Pasco, p. 3, April 4, 2008, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  14. ^ Barbara L. Fredricksen (September 28, 2001), "Doo-wop tour to rock New Port Richey", St Petersburg Times, sec. Pasco Times, p. 5, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  15. ^ "Heart And Soul - The Story of The Cleftones", New York City's C & C: The Cadillacs and The Cleftones, DooWop Nation (19, part 2), 2013, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  16. ^ Shea, Tom (April 2013), "Duo wants folks in WMass to bop to doo wop", The Republican (published March 25, 2004), sec. News, p. B1 
  17. ^ Dave Marsh (1999), The Heart of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, Da Capo Press, p. 579, ISBN 030680901X, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  18. ^ a b Raymond I. Schuck (2012), Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?: Essays on Don Mclean's American Pie, McFarland, p. 56, ISBN 1476600368, retrieved February 2, 2013 
  19. ^ "HEART AND SOUL (FR: A SONG IS BORN) Work ID: 380030073 ISWC: T0700729561". 

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