April in Paris (song)

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"April in Paris"
Song
Written1932
Composer(s) Vernon Duke
Lyricist(s) E.Y. Harburg
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"April in Paris"
Song by Count Basie Orchestra
from the album April in Paris
Released1957
Genre Jazz
Length2:58
Label Verve
Songwriter(s) Vernon Duke (composer)
Producer(s) Norman Granz

"April in Paris" is a popular song composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by Yip Harburg in 1932 for the Broadway musical Walk a Little Faster . The original 1933 hit was performed by Freddy Martin, and the 1952 remake (inspired by the movie of the same name) was by the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, whose version made the Cashbox Top 50. Composer Alec Wilder writes, "There are no two ways about it: this is a perfect theater song. If that sounds too reverent, then I'll reduce the praise to 'perfectly wonderful,' or else say that if it's not perfect, show me why it isn't." [2]

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Recordings

Count Basie version

Count Basie's 1955 recording on the album of the same name is the most famous, and that particular performance was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. [3] The arrangement was by Wild Bill Davis. [4] On this recording, trumpeter Thad Jones played his famous "Pop Goes the Weasel" solo, trombonist Benny Powell performed his much noted bridge, [5] and Basie directs the band to play the shout chorus "one more time" and then "one more once."

A revised arrangement of the song, played by the Count Basie Orchestra in a cameo appearance, is also featured in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles . Basie's recording is also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV , on the fictional jazz radio station JNR 108.5.

Other versions

Freddy Martin and Henry King had the earliest hits of this song, at the very end of 1933. [6]

It has been performed by many artists, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Billy Eckstine, Bill Evans, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Sinatra, Mary Kaye Trio, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Erroll Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Joni James, Blossom Dearie, Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Alex Chilton, Wynton Marsalis, Andy Williams, Michel Legrand, Ahmad Jamal and Dawn Upshaw.

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