When Harry Met Sally... (soundtrack)

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When Harry Met Sally...
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
Label Columbia
Producer Marc Shaiman, Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. chronology
(1988) 201988
When Harry Met Sally...
We Are in Love
(1990) We Are in Love1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
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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.



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.

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