|Single by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra|
|Songwriter(s)||Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael|
"Skylark" is an American popular song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1941. Carmichael wrote the melody, based on a Bix Beiderbecke cornet improvisation, as "Bix Licks," for a project to turn Young Man With a Horn into a Broadway Musical. After that project failed, Carmichael brought in Johnny Mercer to write lyrics. Mercer said that he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could get the lyrics right. Mercer recalled Carmichael initially called him several times about the lyric, but had forgotten about it by the time Mercer finally wrote the lyrics. The yearning expressed in the lyrics is Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom Mercer had an affair. This song is considered a jazz standard. Additionally, the song is believed to have inspired a long-running Buick car of the same name that was produced from 1953 to 1998.
Selective list of recorded versions
- 1941, Anita O'Day with the Gene Krupa Orchestra recorded the song on November 25, 1941.
- 1941, Helen Forrest with Harry James. This reached No. 11 in the Billboard charts in 1942.
- 1941, Ginny Simms with the Edgar Fairchild Orchestra (18 December 1941).
- 1942, Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra. This also charted in 1942 reaching a peak position of No.14.
- 1942, Dinah Shore. recorded February 10, 1942 for Bluebird Records (catalog 11473). This reached the No. 5 spot in the Billboard charts.
- 1942, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with vocals by Ray Eberle in 1942, rising to #7 on the charts.
- 1942, Billy Eckstine with the Earl Hines Orchestra.
- 1951, The Clovers recorded as a single.
- 1961, Bobby Darin - for his album Love Swings.
- 1961, Tony Bennett - included in his album Tony Sings for Two.
- 1963, Aretha Franklin released her version on her fifth studio album Laughing on the Outside.
- 1964, Ella Fitzgerald - included in her album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Johnny Mercer Song Book.
- 1973, Bette Midler, on her second studio LP Bette Midler.
- 1981, Susannah McCorkle - included in her album The Songs of Johnny Mercer.
- 1984, Linda Ronstadt - with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra - from her Platinum-plus album Lush Life. Hit #12 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in early 1985. Ronstadt's version was nominated for a Grammy Award.
- 1987, Rosemary Clooney, on Sings The Lyrics of Johnny Mercer.
- 1995, Cassandra Wilson - included in her album New Moon Daughter
- 1997, k.d. lang - included in the soundtrack of the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
- 2003, Steve Hass for his debut release "Traveler"
- 2004, Marion Montgomery - for her album Skylark.
- 2009, Mark Isham and Kate Ceberano recorded a version for their album, Bittersweet.
- 2015, Stevie Holland on her album Life Goes On.
- 2016, Bob Dylan recorded versions album Fallen Angels.
- 2016, Kristin Chenoweth, on her sixth studio album The Art of Elegance.
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- Wilk, Max (1997). They're Playing Our Song. New York: Da Capo.
- 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 A.
- Furia, Philip (2003). Skylark: The Life and Times of Johnny Mercer (1st ed.). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-28720-7.
- Wilder, Alec (1990). American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.
- Dennis Adler (2004), Fifties Flashback: The American Car, p. 52, ISBN 0760319278,
The flighty name for Buick's dream car came from a song of the same name recorded in 1942 by Johnny Mercer
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