Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
"Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" is a song with music by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II from the 1928 operetta The New Moon. One of the best-known numbers from the show, it is a song of bitterness and yearning for a lost love, sung in the show by Philippe (tenor), the best friend of the hero, Robert Mission (baritone).
The original song was composed as a tango, and features a dance as accompaniment to the choral reprise, but many versions of the song have changed the tempo completely (there have been many jazz renditions). What some may consider the most ludicrous version is the one featured in the 1940 film version of the operetta, in which it is actually sung as a cheerful ditty by Nelson Eddy while he shines his shoes, despite the melancholy nature of the song's lyric.
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- Dorothy Ashby – Django/Misty (1984)
- Kenny Barron and Regina Carter – Freefall (2001)
- George Benson – Irreplaceable (2004)
- Don Braden – The Time is Now (1991)
- Royce Campbell – Six by Six: A Jazz Guitar Celebration (1994)
- Ron Carter – Where? (1961)
- June Christy – Something Cool (1955)
- Sonny Clark – Sonny Clark Trio (1957)
- John Coltrane – Live! at the Village Vanguard (1962)
- Bing Crosby – New Tricks (1957)
- Bobby Darin – That's All (1959)
- Miles Davis – In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk (2003)
- Eric Dolphy – The Illinois Concert (1963)
- Jenny Evans – Shiny Stockings (1997)
- Stan Getz and Kenny Barron – People Time (2010)
- Vince Guaraldi – Softly, as in a morning Sunrise
- Freddie Hubbard – Above & Beyond (1982)
- J. J. Johnson – Things Are Getting Better All the Time (1984)
- John Larkin – John Larkin (1986), re-released on his compilation album Listen to the Scatman (2001)
- Abbey Lincoln – Abbey Is Blue (1959)
- Ellis Marsalis – On the First Occasion (2004)
- Helen Merrill – The Nearness of You (1957)
- Modern Jazz Quartet
- Dianne Reeves – I Remember (1991)
- Emily Remler – East to Wes (1988)
- Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota – La Bestia Pop (Argentina, 1985)
- Marc Ribot – Yo! I Killed Your God (1992–4)
- Sonny Rollins – A Night at the Village Vanguard (1958)
- Doreen Shaffer (with the Moon Invaders) – Groovin' with the Moon Invaders (2009)
- Artie Shaw (arranged by Jerry Gray) helped popularize the tune with his recording in 1938.
- Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orchestra (vocal by Franklyn Baur), made the first hit recording in 1928.
- Frank Sinatra Jr. – That Face! (2006)
- Takeshi Terauchi & Bunnys – The World Is Waiting for Terry (1967)
- Hiromi Uehara – Beyond Standard (2008)
- Roseanna Vitro – Softly (1993)
- Dave Weckl – Master Plan (1990)
- Larry Young – Unity (1965)
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