My One and Only Love

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"My One and Only Love" is a popular song with music written by Guy Wood and lyrics by Robert Mellin. Published in 1952, it is a conventional 32-bar song with four 8-bar sections, including a bridge ("Type A" or "AABA" song structure). (Almost) invariably performed as a ballad, it has an aria-like melody that is a challenge to many vocalists; in the key of C, the song's melody extends from G below middle C to the second D above middle C.

The song originated in 1947 as “Music from Beyond the Moon” with music by Guy B. Wood and lyrics by Jack Lawrence. Vocalist Vic Damone recorded this version in 1948, but it was unsuccessful.

In 1952, Robert Mellin wrote a new title and lyrics for the song, and it was republished that year as “My One and Only Love”. When Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1953 with Nelson Riddle, first released as B-side to his hit single "I've Got the World on a String" (Capitol 2505), it became known. Then popular saxophonist Charlie Ventura saw the song's "jazz potential" and recorded the first intrumental version in the very same year.[1]

As instrumental jazz standard it remained predominantly a feature for tenor saxophonists. Ben Webster recorded the tune with Art Tatum in autumn 1956. John Coltrane recorded the probably most favoured version of the song with vocalist John Hartmann ten years after Ventura, in 1963 (John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman), followed by Sonny Rollins in 1964 and recorded it again in 1977, this time on soprano. Later interpretations came from Chico Freeman, Michael Brecker and Joshua Redman.

Vocal renditions of “My One and Only Love” were recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Doris Day, Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling. Cassandra Wilson turned the song into an up-tempo swing number.

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Sortable table
Date Main recording artist vocal or
Album title, notes
1948 Vic Damone vocal single, as “Music from Beyond the Moon”
1949 Tony Martin vocal single, as “Music from Beyond the Moon”
1953 Frank Sinatra w/Nelson Riddle vocal single B-side of "I've Got the World on a String" (Capitol 2505), comprised on "This Is Sinatra!, released in 1956
1953 Charlie Ventura w/George Williams and His Orchestra instrumental 7" EP Charlie Ventura with Strings
1955 Ella Fitzgerald w/Camarata vocal single
1955 Sarah Vaughan w/Richard Hayman vocal The Divine Sarah
1957 Carmen McRae vocal By Special Request
1957 Horace Silver instrumental The Stylings of Silver (w/Hank Mobley)
1958 Johnny Mathis vocal Warm
1960 Magni Wentzel vocal single
1962 Dean Martin w/Nelson Riddle vocal Cha Cha de Amor with Latin arrangements by Riddle
1962 Ella Fitzgerald w/Nelson Riddle instrumental Ella Swings Gently with Nelson
1962 Doris Day w/André Previn vocal Duet
1962 Andy Williams vocal Warm and Willing
1963 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman vocal John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
1964 Oscar Peterson Trio instrumental We Get Requests
1965 Sonny Rollins instrumental The Standard Sonny Rollins
1965 Nancy Wilson w/Sid Feller vocal Gentle Is My Love
1966 Joe Zawinul instrumental Money in the Pocket
1968 Chick Corea instrumental Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
1970 Louis Armstrong vocal Louis Armstrong and His Friends (reissued as What a Wonderful World)
1977 Sonny Rollins instrumental Easy Living
1978 Chico Freeman instrumental Beyond the Rain
1987 Michael Brecker instrumental Michael Brecker
1988 Cassandra Wilson vocal Blue Skies
1989 Chet Baker vocal Chet Baker Sings and Plays from the Film "Let's Get Lost"
1990 Kate Ceberano vocal Like Now
1991 Rickie Lee Jones vocal Pop Pop
1991 Sting vocal Leaving Las Vegas
1993 Joe Sample instrumental Invitation
1995 Joshua Redman Quartet instrumental Spirit of the Moment - Live at the Village Vanguard
1998 Fred Hersch & Bill Frisell instrumental Songs We Know
2005 Rod Stewart vocal Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV
2008 Yo-Yo Ma instrumental Songs of Joy & Peace with Joshua Redman
2009 Mark Isham and Kate Ceberano vocal Bittersweet
2009 Kurt Elling vocal Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman
2011 George Benson vocal Guitar Man
2011 Doris Day vocal My Heart
2012 Paul McCartney vocal Kisses on the Bottom
2014 Jamie Cullum vocal Interlude
2017 Bob Dylan vocal Triplicate


  1. ^ Ted Gioia: The Jazz Standards, Oxford University Press, New York, 2012, ISBN 978-019-993739-4: p. 284f.

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