How Deep Is the Ocean?
"How Deep Is the Ocean " is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1932, and can be heard in the background of the 1933 film The Life of Jimmy Dolan. The song was introduced by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with vocals by Jack Fulton.
The song was written at a low point in Berlin's professional and personal life, and is among the select few of his numbers that were introduced on the radio rather than on stage or film. The song is a series of questions posed one after another, the only exception being the second line, "I'll tell you no lie."
Dutch composer Pierre Courbois wrote a song based on the chords of "How Deep Is The Ocean" called "OPAQUE" and recorded it on CD.
|Date||Main recording artist||Featured vocalists
|Album title, notes|
|1941||Benny Goodman||Peggy Lee||Benny Goodman and his orchestra, How Deep Is The Ocean / My Old Flame, Columbia 36754|
|1947||Axel Stordahl||Frank Sinatra||Songs by Sinatra|
|1947||Charlie Parker||(Instrumental)||Charlie Parker on Dial. Vol. 4|
|1952||Miles Davis||(Instrumental)||Miles Davis Volume 1|
|1954||Harry James||(Instrumental)||Trumpet After Midnight, Columbia CL-553|
|1955||Jackie Gleason||(Instrumental)||Jackie Gleason Presents Lonesome Echo, 10 inch that reached No. 1 in the Billboard 200 chart|
|1958||Paul Weston||Ella Fitzgerald||Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book|
|1960||Miss Toni Fisher||Toni Fisher||"How Deep Is the Ocean", released only as single A-side|
|1962||Al Hirt||(Instrumental)||Trumpet and Strings with arrangements by Marty Paich. The album peaked #96 in the Billboard 200 chart.|
|1964||Nashville Teens||vocal||"The Nashville Teens" Decca DFE 8600|
|1990||Franck Amsallem||(Instrumental)||"Out A Day" recorded with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart|
|2010||Eric Clapton||Vocal||Clapton (2010 album)|
- Al Hirt, Trumpet and Strings Retrieved April 8, 2013.
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