In a Mellow Tone
"In a Mellow Tone", also known as "In a Mellotone", is a 1939 jazz standard composed by Duke Ellington, with lyrics written by Milt Gabler. The song was based on the 1917 standard "Rose Room" by Art Hickman and Harry Williams, which Ellington himself had recorded in 1932. Howard Stern used a recording of this song (from Ellington's Blues in Orbit album) as the opening theme to The Howard Stern Show from 1987 to 1994.
- Red Norvo (1943)
- Erroll Garner - Contrasts (1954)
- Clark Terry - Duke with a Difference (1957)
- Chico Hamilton with Eric Dolphy - The Original Ellington Suite (1958)
- Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (1958)
- Ben Webster (with Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge) - Ben Webster and Associates (1959)
- Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross - Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross! (1960)
- Billy May - Cha Cha! Billy May (1960)
- Coleman Hawkins with Eddie Lockjaw Davis - Night Hawk (1960)
- Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington - The Great Summit (1961)
- Harry James - 1964 Live! In The Holiday Ballroom Chicago (Jazz Hour Compact Classics JH-1001, 1989)
- Oscar Peterson - Mellow Mood (1968)
- Paul Gonsalves - Humming Bird (1970)
- Joe Pass - Portraits of Duke Ellington (1975)
- Sonny Stitt - Sonny Stitt with Strings: A Tribute to Duke Ellington (1977)
- The Manhattan Transfer - Pastiche (1978)
- Nick Brignola - L.A. Bound (1979)
- Art Pepper and George Cables - Goin’ Home (1982)
- Marcus Roberts - Plays Ellington (1995)
- Bob Wilber and Dick Hyman - A Perfect Match (1997)
- Tony Bennett - Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool (1999)
- Clare Teal - Don't Talk (2004)
- Royce Campbell - A Tribute to Charlie Byrd (2004)
- Maynard Ferguson - "Live from London" (1994)
- Douglas Martin, "Milton Gabler, Storekeeper of the Jazz World, Dies at 90", The New York Times, July 25, 2001.
- "In a Mellotone" at jazzstandards.com; retrieved 24 May 2009.
- Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 193–4. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
- "Harry James And His Orchestra – Live 1964 In Holiday Ballroom Chicago". Discogs. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
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