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The Autumn Leaves-Nancy Harms

From: KBEM
Series: Minnesota Voices- Certain Standards with Arne Fogel
Length: 03:32

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Minnesota Voices certain Standards features Nancy Harms on a Johnny Mercer song entitled "The Autumn Leaves". Arne Fogel also gives the background of the song. (Week 6-day 2 when used in a series) Read the full description.

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It’s Ironic that the legendary French song , so well-known in America for it’s English lyric by the brilliant Johnny Mercer, should have achieved it’s largest record sales from an instrumental version. “The Autumn Leaves”, which started out as “Les Feuilles Mort” in 1946, was a million-seller nine years later for pianist Roger Williams. Perhaps it’s because the song was recorded so movingly by so many singers, that it failed to become identified solely with any one of them.  The French version of the song was originally selected and brought to Mercer by Mickey Goldsen, a colleague of his over at Capitol Records, when Mercer was still president of the company. Once fitted with Mercer’s gorgeously poignant lyric, the song was recorded by Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, Nat King Cole, and hundreds more. Here’s Minnesota’s Voice Nancy Harms, with her version.

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It’s Ironic that the legendary French song , so well-known in America for it’s English lyric by the brilliant Johnny Mercer, should have achieved it’s largest record sales from an instrumental version. “The Autumn Leaves”, which started out as “Les Feuilles Mort” in 1946, was a million-seller nine years later for pianist Roger Williams. Perhaps it’s because the song was recorded so movingly by so many singers, that it failed to become identified solely with any one of them.  The French version of the song was originally selected and brought to Mercer by Mickey Goldsen, a colleague of his over at Capitol Records, when Mercer was still president of the company. Once fitted with Mercer’s gorgeously poignant lyric, the song was recorded by Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, Nat King Cole, and hundreds more. Here’s Minnesota’s Voice Nancy Harms, with her version.