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"Tenderly" is a popular song published in 1946 with music by Walter Gross and lyrics by Jack Lawrence. Written in the key of E as a waltz in 3/4 time, it has since been performed in 4/4 and has become a popular jazz standard. Tenderly's first recording, as researcher and writer Ruy Castro informs us, was by Brazilian singer and pianist Dick Farney, on June 15, 1947; and not Clark Dennis, as some have said. He only recorded the song 18 months after Dick Farney's version.

Sarah Vaughan recorded the song in 1946 and had a US pop hit with it in 1947.[1]

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  1. ^ "Tenderly" at SecondHandSongs
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. New York City: Oxford University Press. pp. 424–425. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.