In A Mellow Tone

Duke-Ellington

PROFILE
Composer Duke Ellington
Lyricist Milt Gabler
Year Written 1939
About In A Mellow Tone
Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone” was based on the 1917 song “Rose Room” by Art Hickman and Harry Williams. The song is a favorite of both vocal and instrumental jazz performers, including Tony Bennett, Paul Gonsalves, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald and Annie Ross.

Lyrics

In a mellow tone
Feeling fancy free
I am not alone
I’ve got company

Everything’s ok
The live long day
With this mellow song
I can’t go wrong

In a mellow tone
That’s the way to live
If you mope and groan
Something’s gotta give

Just go your way
And laugh and play
There’s joy unknown
In a mellow tone

In a mellow tone
Feeling fancy free
And I’m not alone
I’ve got company

Everything’s ok
The live long day
With this mellow song
I can’t go wrong

In a mellow tone
That’s the way to live
If you mope and groan
Something’s gotta give

Just go your way
And laugh and play
There’s joy unknown
In a mellow tone

Session / Album Information

1977

“In A Mellow Tone” was recorded in May, 1977 and released that year on Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music.

This recording released on:

  • 1977: Improv IMP-7123:Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music
  • 2004: Concord CD: CCD4-2255 — The Complete Improv Recordings
  • 2011: Disc #54 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK53) Tony Bennett/The McPartlands and Friends Make Magnificent Music

1999

“In a Mellow Tone” was recorded in May 1999 and released that same year on the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 63668 — Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool
  • 2011: Disc #65 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK63) Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool

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