Young Man with a Horn is a 10" LP album, released by Columbia Records as CL-6106 on March 13, 1950, featuring trumpeter Harry James and singer Doris Day performing songs initially recorded for the soundtrack of the movie of the same name. It was simultaneously released as a 78 rpm album set, Columbia C-198, and when Columbia finally began to release 45s about a year or so later it appeared as a boxed 45 rpm album set as Columbia B-198.
Although frequently identified as a "soundtrack," Columbia's Young Man with a Horn is not so in the literal sense. Columbia did not issue original soundtrack recordings at the time, and as both Day and James were Columbia contract artists they were obliged to re-record their selections from the movie for records, which they did in three sessions in Hollywood between January 25 and January 27, 1950. According to Billboard, on February 3 Columbia held an advance screening of the film in Hollywood, along with playback of the new record, for Columbia distributors and dealers, hosted by James and his wife, Betty Grable. Billboard prognosticated, "Disks will get heavy exploitation thru the pic tie-up coincidental to the film's general release," though there was in the end a bit of disconnect between the two products, as the film opened just a week later but Columbia's album wasn't ready for another month.
Columbia's Young Man with a Horn was enormously successful commercially, spending 11 weeks at the No. 1 spot on Billboard's album charts, albeit non-consecutively. Day and James shared the 5 percent royalty for album sales; James did not appear in the film, but had dubbed all of Kirk Douglas' trumpet playing therein.