I'm in the Mood for Love

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""I'm in the Mood for Love""
Language English
Released 1935 by Frances Langford in the movie Every Night at Eight
Recorded 1935
Songwriter(s) Dorothy Fields
Composer(s) Jimmy McHugh
Recorded by various artists at least 50 times

"I'm in the Mood for Love" is a popular song published in 1935. The music was written by Jimmy McHugh, the lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The song was introduced by Frances Langford in the movie Every Night at Eight released that year.[1]

It became Langford's signature song. Bob Hope, who frequently worked with Langford entertaining troops in World War II, later wrote that her performance of the song was often a show-stopper.[2]


In 1935, Louis Armstrong had a Top Ten hit with "I'm in the Mood for Love".[3] The song was in the 1936 Our Gang (Little Rascals) short, The Pinch Singer, when it was performed by Darla Hood and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (on separate occasions). Switzer also performed the song in the 1936 film Palm Springs.

Other recordings[edit]

James Moody's saxophone solo on a 1949 recording of this song inspired the song "Moody's Mood for Love".

In 1965 Lord Tanamo recorded a ska version of the song for Ska Beat label.[4]

Classic hip-hop artist Slick Rick sang a modified version of the first stanza in the song "Indian Girl (An Adult Story)" from his debut album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988).

Hip-hop artist Prince Paul sampled the song as the basis for the track "Mood for Love" on his album A Prince Among Thieves (1999), with Don Newkirk singing its original lyrics.[5]

Notable versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Every Night At Eight Soundtrack". IMDB. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  2. ^ photo, Associated Press file. "Singer Frances Langford with Bob Hope During 1943 WWII Tour". nwitimes.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  3. ^ "Louis Armstrong - Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  4. ^ "Lord Tanamo - In The Mood For Ska". Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Dinitia (April 12, 1999). Guiding Hip-Hop Toward Operatic Leaps; Prince Paul Imagines a Movie as He Makes Rap Relevant for the Suburbs. The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  6. ^ "ChartArchive - Lord Tanamo - I'm In The Mood For Love (Link redirected to OCC website)". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26.