I'm Beginning to See the Light

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"I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Published1944 by Grand Music Corp
Songwriter(s)Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James[1]

"I'm Beginning to See the Light" is a popular song and jazz standard, with music written by Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James and lyrics by Don George and published in 1944.

1945 recordings[edit]

  • Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots featuring Bill Kenny recorded a version in 1945, that was on the pop song hits list for six weeks in 1945, reaching #5.
  • A competing 1945 recording by Harry James and his Orchestra,[2] with lead vocal by Kitty Kallen reached No. 1 for two weeks in January of that year. James' version of the song reached No. 7 on Billboard's Second Annual High School Survey in 1945.[3]
  • Duke Ellington also released in 1945 a version, vocal by Joya Sherrill, which reached the top ten.[4]

Other notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ "secondhandsongs.com". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 1, side B.
  3. ^ Smith, Kathleen E.R. (28 March 2003). God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley Goes to War. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 167. ISBN 0-8131-2256-2.
  4. ^ "I'm Beginning to See the Light" at Jazz Standards
  5. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-1500 to 20-1999 series
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 185.