You Don't Know What Love Is

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Helena Mattsson does Wild Side Story's version of You Don't Know What Love Is in 2003

"You Don't Know What Love Is" is a popular song of the Great American Songbook, written by Don Raye (lyrics) and Gene de Paul (music) for the Abbott and Costello picture Keep 'Em Flying (1941), in which it was sung by Carol Bruce. The number was deleted prior to release.

Universal later added the song into the Raye/de Paul score of one of its B musicals, the 60-minute Behind the Eight Ball (1942), starring the Ritz Brothers and re-teaming Carol Bruce and Dick Foran from "Keep 'Em Flying". "You Don't Know What Love Is" was again sung by Carol Bruce; it was her third and final film until the 1980s.

Notable recordings[edit]

Sortable table
Date Main recording artist Featured vocalists
(or instrumental)
Album title, notes
1939 Earl Hines and His Orchestra feat. Billy Eckstine Billy Eckstine
1941 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald 10" shellac single (Decca)
1941 Harry James and His Orchestra Dick Haymes 10" shellac single (Columbia), recorded on October 29, 1941 in New York
1945 Billy Eckstine Orchestra Billy Eckstine
1952 Billy Eckstine with the MGM Orchestra Billy Eckstine
1949-54 Teddi King (instrumental) In the Beginning, 1949-1954 (compilation, 2000)
1954 Miles Davis All Stars (instrumental) Walkin'
1955 Chet Baker (Quartet) Chet Baker Chet Baker Sings and Plays
1955 Dinah Washington Dinah Washington For Those in Love with a septet arranged by Quincy Jones
1956 J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding (instrumental) Jay and Kai + 6: The Jay and Kai Trombone Octet, the song arranged by Winding
1956 Anita O'Day Anita O'Day An Evening with Anita O'Day with a quartet
1956 Sonny Rollins (Quartet) (instrumental) Saxophone Colossus, a hard bop classic
1957 Dick Haymes with orchestra cond. by Ian Bernard Dick Haymes Moondreams (Capitol), The Complete Capitol Collection (2006)
1957 Specs Powell and Co. (instrumental) Movin In, big band arranged by Ray Copeland
1958 Billie Holiday with orch. led by Ray Ellis Billie Holiday Lady in Satin, arrangements by Ray Ellis
1958 Patti Page Patti Page The Waltz Queen (1958 version).[1]
1959 Chris Connor Chris Connor Witchcraft
1959 Andy Williams Andy Williams Lonely Street
1960 Linda Lawson Linda Lawson Introducing Linda Lawson
1960 Helen Merrill Helen Merrill Parole e musica
1960 Mal Waldron (instrumental) Left Alone
1960 Lennie Tristano (instrumental) The New Tristano
1961 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (instrumental) Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!
1961 Eric Dolphy (instrumental) The Latin Jazz Quintet
1962 John Coltrane (instrumental) Ballads
1962 Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson Hello Young Lovers
1961 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye
1964 Eric Dolphy (instrumental) Last Date
1965 Lennie Tristano (instrumental) Concert in Copenhagen (released 1998)
1966 Booker Ervin (instrumental) Heavy!!!
1966 Eric Kloss (instrumental) Grits & Gravy
1968 Lee Konitz with Joe Henderson (instrumental) Duets
1969 Larry Coryell (instrumental) Lady Coryell
1977 Tony Bennett with Bill Evans Tony Bennett Together Again
1989 George Benson George Benson Tenderly
1989 June Tabor June Tabor Some Other Time
1990 Pharoah Sanders (instrumental) Welcome To Love
1991 Roy Hargrove (instrumental) Public Eye
1991 Wynton Marsalis (instrumental) Standard Time, Vol. 2: Intimacy Calling
1992 Chuck Brown (and Eva Cassidy) Chuck Brown The Other Side
1993 Giorgia Todrani Giorgia Todrani Natural Woman (Live in Rome)
1993 Cassandra Wilson Cassandra Wilson Blue Light 'til Dawn
1994 Keith Jarrett (Standards Trio) (instrumental) Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note, paired up with his own composition "Muezzin"
1995 Rachelle Ferrell Rachelle Ferrell First Instrument
1997 Miki Howard Miki Howard Can't Count Me Out
1999 Etta James Etta James Heart of a Woman
1999 Stéphan Oliva / François Raulin (instrumental) Tristano
2000 John Martyn John Martyn Glasgow Walker
2001 Kurt Elling Kurt Elling Flirting with Twilight
2002 Jimmy Scott Jimmy Scott But Beautiful
2003 Eyran Katsenelenbogen Eyran Katsenelenbogen It's Reigning Kats & Dogs & Bogen
2003 Chucho Valdés (instrumental) New Conceptions
2003 Muriel Zoe Muriel Zoe Red and Blue
2009 Diamanda Galás Diamanda Galás You Don't Know What Love Is
2011 John Scofield (Quartet) (instrumental) A Moment's Peace
2011 Wily Bo Walker Quintet feat. Teddy Charles Wily Bo Walker You Don't Know What Love Is, arranged by Danny Flam
2013 Eliane Elias Eliane Elias I Thought About You
2014 Curtis Stigers Curtis Stigers Hooray for Love
2014 Andrew Cohen feat. Joan Osborne Joan Osborne Rite of Passage