The Last Time I Saw Paris (song)
By December 1940, six versions of the song were on the charts, with Kate Smith having exclusive radio rights for the song for six weeks. The song catered to a wartime nostalgia for songs about European cities following the Second World War Battle of France (which brought Paris under Nazi control), with "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" also proving popular.
The song had not been written for the film, and Hammerstein said the song was "not written to order". It still won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1941. This was Kern's second Academy Award for Best Original Song (following his success with "The Way You Look Tonight" in 1936), and Hammerstein's first. Kern was so upset at winning with a song that had not been specifically written for a motion picture, and that had been published and recorded before the film was even released, that he petitioned the Motion Picture Academy to change the rules. Since then, a nominated song has to have been written specifically for the motion picture in which it is performed.
- Kate Smith, top ten hit in 1940
- The Four Freshmen - 4 Freshmen and 5 Trombones (1955)
- Ann Sothern, from the film sound track
- Dinah Shore in the 1946 film Till the Clouds Roll By.
- Sonny Rollins - The Sound of Sonny (1957)
- Connie Francis - in the album Connie Francis Sings Award Winning Motion Picture Hits (1963)
- Dean Martin - for his album French Style (1962)
- Tony Martin (1940, Decca 25042) and 1955.
- Jane Morgan - included in her album The Last Time I Saw Paris (1964).
- Tony Bennett - for his album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (2015)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 134. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- 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 2, side A.
- Sacket, Susan (1995). Hollywood Sings!. New York: Billboard Books. pp. 42–43.
- "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.