All of me Jazz song

April 5, 2017


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“Belle Baker had just lost her husband, and, struck by the personal sense of loss conveyed in the lyrics, broke down weeping during a performance. The press picked up the story and before long the song was a hit.”

- JW

Vaudeville star Belle Baker introduced the public to “All of Me” over the radio in 1931. Detroit songwriters, Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks, offered Baker the song, and she sang it onstage at the Motor City’s famous Fisher Theatre. As the story goes, the singer had just lost her husband, and, struck by the personal sense of loss conveyed in the lyrics, broke down weeping during a performance. The national press picked up the story and before long the song was a hit.

A December 1, 1931, recording of “All of Me” by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, with vocalist Mildred Bailey, was the song’s first major hit. It entered the pop charts in January of 1932 and rose to the number one position where it held for three weeks. By February three renditions of “All of Me” were on the charts, Louis Armstrong’s version also climbing to number one. All told, the hits included:

  • Ben Selvin and His Orchestra (1932, #19)
  • Count Basie and His Orchestra (1943, Lynne Sherman, vocal, #14)
  • Johnny Ray (1952, #12)

“All of Me” was also included in the 1932 Fox Studios comedy, Careless Lady, starring Joan Bennett and John Boles. A New York Times review characterized the film as “artificial, ” “strained, ” and “haphazardly directed so lacking in suspense that a child could hazard a guess as to how the tame complications are going to be untangled.”

After 1932, “All of Me” was largely forgotten until after World War II when a 1948 Frank Sinatra recording was a modest hit. It resurfaced again when Sinatra sang it in Meet Danny Wilson (1952), giving a boost to Johnny Ray’s recording that same year.

At the 2000 Award and Induction Ceremony, the Songwriters Hall of Fame selected “All of Me” as one of two songs to receive that year’s Towering Song Award. Praising the Marks/Simons composition, the SHOF comments,

Truly a Towering Song, “All Of Me, ” first introduced by the singing star Belle Baker, was recorded by Frank Sinatra four different times, each time with a different interpretation. More recently, country star Willie Nelson, also recorded “All Of Me, ” a version which enjoyed a lengthy stay on both the pop and country charts.

More information on this tune...

Henry Martin
Schirmer Books
Paperback: 302 pages

(Author Martin devotes two pages to “All of Me” including a musical analysis, a list of performers, and a jazz solo transcription.)

Source: www.jazzstandards.com
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