I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

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PROFILE
Composer Duke Ellington
Lyricists Irving Mills, Henry Nemo, John Redmond
Year Written 1938
About I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
“I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart” was a major hit for Duke Ellington, reaching #1 on the charts. In addition to his own recording that year, other recordings by Benny Goodman and Mildred Bailey were made that year and were extremely popular as well. In 1952 Ellington named this song as one of his eleven favorites.

Lyrics

I let a song go out of my heart
It was the sweetest melody
I know I lost heaven ’cause you were the song

Since you and I have drifted apart
Life doesn’t mean a thing to me
Please come back, sweet music, I know I was wrong

Am I too late to make amends?
You know that we were meant to be more than just friends, just friends

I let a song go out of my heart
Believe me, darlin’, when I say
I won’t know sweet music until you return some day

I let a song go out of my heart
Believe me, darlin’, when I say
I won’t know sweet music until you return some day

Session / Album Information

1967

“I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” was recorded on January 27, 1967 and released that year on the album Tony Makes It Happen! It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9453 — Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2653 — Tony Makes It Happen!
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SPBG 63055 — Tony Makes It Happen! [UK]
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #34 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK33) Tony Makes It Happen!

1999

“I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on a special version of Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool.

This recording released on:

  • 1999: RPM Records Columbia CD: CSK 46304 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool (special edition)

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