When Harry Met Sally... (soundtrack)

Last updated
When Harry Met Sally...
WhenHarryMetSallySoundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Harry Connick Jr.
Released July 1989
Recorded June 6, 12 & 19, 1989
Studio RCA Studio B, New York City
Genre Traditional pop
Length38:00
Label Columbia
Producer Marc Shaiman, Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. chronology
20
(1988) 201988
When Harry Met Sally...
(1989)
We Are in Love
(1990) We Are in Love1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [1]

When Harry Met Sally... is the soundtrack to the movie When Harry Met Sally... starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The songs are performed by pianist Harry Connick Jr., who won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance.

<i>When Harry Met Sally...</i> 1989 film by Rob Reiner

When Harry Met Sally... is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the title characters from the time they meet just before sharing a cross-country drive, through twelve years of chance encounters in New York City. The film raises the question "Can men and women ever just be friends?" and advances many ideas about relationships that became household concepts, such as "high-maintenance" and the "transitional person".

Billy Crystal American actor

William Edward Crystal is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s and 80s for television roles as Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and as a cast member and frequent host of Saturday Night Live. He then became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes The Princess Bride (1987), Throw Momma from the Train (1987), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), City Slickers (1991), Mr. Saturday Night (1992) and Analyze This (1999), and providing the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. films starting in 2001.

Meg Ryan American actress and producer

Meg Ryan is an American actress and producer. Ryan began her acting career in 1981 in minor roles before joining the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in 1982. Subsequently, she began to appear in supporting roles in films during the mid 1980s like box office hit Top Gun, achieving recognition in independent films such as Promised Land (1988) before her performance in the Rob Reiner-directed romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989) brought her widespread attention and her first Golden Globe nomination.

Contents

Background

Bobby Colomby, the drummer for Blood, Sweat & Tears and a friend of director Rob Reiner, recommended Harry Connick Jr. for the soundtrack. When Reiner listened to the tape Colomby gave him, he was struck by how Connick sounded like a young Frank Sinatra. [2] The movie's soundtrack was released by Columbia Records in July 1989 and consists of standards performed by Connick with a big band and orchestra arranged by Marc Shaiman. Connick won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance. [3]

Robert Wayne Colomby is a jazz-rock fusion drummer, record producer and television presenter. He is best known as an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears, which he co-founded in 1967. He has also played with many other musical artists.

Blood, Sweat & Tears American rock music band

Blood, Sweat & Tears is a jazz-rock Canadian-American music group. They are noted for their combination of brass and rock band instrumentation. The group recorded songs by rock/folk songwriters such as Laura Nyro, James Taylor, the Band and the Rolling Stones as well as Billie Holiday and Erik Satie. They also incorporated music from Thelonious Monk and Sergei Prokofiev into their arrangements.

Frank Sinatra American singer, actor, and producer

Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer, actor and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Arrangements and orchestrations on "It Had to Be You", "Where or When", "I Could Write a Book" and "But Not for Me" are by Connick and Shaiman. Other songs were performed as piano and vocal solos or with Connick's trio with Ben Wolfe on double bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. Also appearing on the album are tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and guitarist Jay Berliner.

"It Had to Be You" is a popular song written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first published in 1924.

"Where or When" is a show tune from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms. It was first performed by Ray Heatherton and Mitzi Green. That same year, Hal Kemp recorded a popular version. It also appeared in the movie of the same title two years later. Dion and the Belmonts also released a successful remake of the song, which reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1960. In 1963, The Lettermen released their version as a single, which peaked at number 98 on the Hot 100. The song was used for the 1992 biopic Sinatra, starring Philip Casnoff; Frank Sinatra performs the song on stage at the Paramount Theatre.

Benjamin Jonah Wolfe is an American jazz bassist who has performed in groups with Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall.

The album went to No. 1 on the jazz chart at Billboard magazine and reached the top 50 of the Top 200 Albums chart. [4] Connick toured North America in support of this album. [5] It was given double-platinum status. [6]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Track listing

  1. "It Had to Be You" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn)
  2. "Love Is Here to Stay" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
  3. "Stompin' at the Savoy" (Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Edgar Sampson, Andy Razaf)
  4. "But Not for Me" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  5. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith)
  6. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)
  7. "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke)
  8. "I Could Write a Book" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
  9. "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  10. "It Had to Be You (Instrumental Trio)" (Jones, Kahn)
  11. "Where or When" (Hart, Rodgers)

Music in the film

The music on the soundtrack is performed by Connick, while the music in the film is by various artists:

Isham Jones American musician

Isham Edgar Jones was an American bandleader, saxophonist, bassist and songwriter.

Gus Kahn German-American lyricist

Gustav Gerson Kahn was an American lyricist.

Harry Connick Jr. American singer, conductor, pianist, actor, and composer

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. is a Grammy and Emmy-award winning American singer, composer, actor, and television host. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history.

Related Research Articles

<i>At the Opera House</i> 1958 live album by Ella Fitzgerald

At the Opera House is a 1958 live album by Ella Fitzgerald. The album presents a recording of the 1957 Jazz at the Philharmonic Concerts. This series of live jazz concerts was devised by Fitzgerald's manager Norman Granz, they ran from 1944 to 1983. Featured on this occasion, in 1957, are Fitzgerald and the leading jazz players of the day in an onstage jam session. The first half of the 1990 CD edition includes a performance that was recorded on September 29, 1957 at the Chicago Opera House, whilst the second half highlights the concert recorded on October 7, 1957 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles. The original LP obviously included only the mono tracks (#10-18).

<i>Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson</i> 1962 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson is a 1962 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by an orchestra arranged by Nelson Riddle.

<i>Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert</i> 1988 live album by Ella Fitzgerald

Ella in Rome: The Birthday Concert is a live album by Ella Fitzgerald, with a jazz trio led by Lou Levy, and also featuring the Oscar Peterson trio. Recorded in 1958, it was released thirty years later.

<i>Take Love Easy</i> 1973 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass

Take Love Easy is an album by jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald with guitarist Joe Pass that was released in 1973.

<i>Fitzgerald and Pass... Again</i> 1976 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass

Fitzgerald and Pass...Again is a 1976 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by jazz guitarist Joe Pass, the second of four duet albums they recorded together after Take Love Easy (1973).

<i>Ella and Louis Again</i> 1957 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong

Ella and Louis Again is a 1957 studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. It is the "sequel" to their 1956 album, Ella and Louis; in contrast to their previous collaboration, this album does not only feature duets. It was reissued in 2006 on a 2 CD-set as Verve 0602517036918.

<i>The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve</i> 1997 compilation album by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong

The Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve is a 1997 compilation album of recordings made by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong for Verve between 1956 and 1957.

"But Not for Me" is a popular song originally written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin for the musical Girl Crazy (1930) and sung by Ginger Rogers.

<i>We Get Letters</i> 1957 studio album by Perry Como

We Get Letters is a 1957 album by Perry Como, his second RCA Victor 12" long-play album. The LP's concept is an album of requests from Como's television show, but forgoing the usual big-band sound of Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra and the Ray Charles Singers for a small group known as "Como's little Combo", with soft, breezy jazz arrangements. The album was recorded between June 1956 and February 1957.

<i>Singin & Swingin</i> album by Harry Connick, Jr.

Singin' & Swingin' is the home video debut of Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990 at the age of 22. The video contains five musicvideos, and three songs performed live at the Dominion Theatre in London, as well as an exclusive interview. The VHS was released simultaneously with his big band album We Are in Love and his instrumental trio album Lofty's Roach Souffle.

<i>We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song</i> 2007 studio album by Various

We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song is a 2007 tribute album to Ella Fitzgerald produced by Phil Ramone for Verve Records, released to mark the 90th anniversary of her birth. The "all-star" list of featured vocalists is backed for most part by an orchestra led by Rob Mounsey. The album contains the first release of a duet of Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder, who joined her on stage with her small band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1977.

<i>Swinging Out Live</i> 1991 video by Harry Connick Jr. & his orchestra

Swinging Out Live (1991) is a live performance VHS with Harry Connick Jr. and his orchestra. The concert was filmed in 1990 at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, as part of his national tour. It was aired as part of PBS' Great Performances.

<i>Forever for Now</i> (Harry Connick Jr. album) compilation album by Harry Connick, Jr.

Forever For Now is a compilation album from Harry Connick Jr., released in the United Kingdom in 1993.

Jazz at the Philharmonic – Yoyogi National Stadium, Tokyo 1983: Return to Happiness is a live album that was released in 1983. The album includes Louie Bellson, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Grey, J. J. Johnson, Joe Pass, Niels Pedersen, Oscar Peterson, Zoot Sims, and Clark Terry.

<i>It Had to Be You</i> (album) 1991 compilation album by Harry Connick, Jr.

It Had to Be You is a compilation album from Harry Connick Jr., released in Australia in 1991.

<i>Twelve Nights in Hollywood</i> 2009 live album by Ella Fitzgerald

Twelve Nights In Hollywood is a 2009 live album by the American jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, recorded at the Crescendo Club in Hollywood, Los Angeles over ten nights in May 1961, and a subsequent pair of performances in June 1962.

<i>Tone Poems 2</i> 1995 studio album by David Grisman, Martin Taylor

Tone Poems 2 is an album by American mandolinist David Grisman and British guitarist Martin Taylor that was released in 1995 by Grisman's label, Acoustic Music. It is a sequel to Tone Poems, his collaboration with bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice. This is a jazz-oriented recording on which Grisman and Taylor play a variety of vintage, fretted, acoustic instruments. They use 41 guitars, mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, and tenor guitars.

<i>Dance Concerts, California 1958</i> live album by Duke Ellington

Dance Concerts, California 1958 is the second volume of The Private Collection a series documenting recordings made by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington for his personal collection which was first publicly released on the LMR label in 1987 and later on the Saja label.

Cool Christy is a 2002 double-CD compilation of recordings by jazz vocalist June Christy from 1945 to 1951.

References

  1. Allmusic review
  2. Reiner, Rob; Nora Ephron; Billy Crystal (2008). "DVD Audio Commentary". When Harry Met Sally... Collector's Edition DVD. 20th Century Fox.
  3. "Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved January 9, 2008.
  4. Jones, James T (December 28, 1989). "Harry Connick Jr.: He's All That Jazz". USA Today .
  5. Miller, Mark (November 23, 1989). "Brazilian rhythms with lots of appeal When Harry Met Sally... Harry Connick Jr". Globe and Mail .
  6. Bush, John. "Harry Connick Jr. Biography". Legacy Recordings. Retrieved June 15, 2008.