Indian Summer

IndianSummer

PROFILE
Composer Victor Herbert
Lyricist Al Dubin
Year Written 1919 (music), 1939 (lyrics)
About Indian Summer
Although written in 1919, “Indian Summer” did not become a hit until bands picked it up in the early 1940s (this may have coincided with the addition of the lyrics by Al Dubin in 1939). Frank Sinatra recorded with Tommy Dorsey in 1940. Other recordings include those by Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Sidney Bechet and Sarah Vaughan.

Lyrics

Summer, you old Indian Summer
You’re the tear that comes after June-time’s laughter
You see so many dreams that don’t come true
Dreams we fashioned when Summertime was new

You are here to watch over
Some heart that is broken by a word that somebody left unspoken
You’re the ghost of a romance in June going astray
Fading too soon, that’s why I say
Farewell to you, Indian Summer

You are here to watch over
A heart that is broken by a word that somebody left unspoken
You’re the ghost of a romance in June going astray
Fading too soon, that’s why I say
Farewell to you, Indian Summer
You old Indian Summer

Session / Album Information

1962

“Indian Summer” was recorded on March 16, 1962 and was released in 2006 on the CD re-release of I Wanna Be Around. It was arranged by Marty Manning.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 69699 85807 2 — When Lights Are Low
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 82876 87234 — I Wanna Be Around
  • 2011: Disc #26 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK25) I Wanna Be Around

1992

“Indian Summer” was recorded in June 1992 and was released that year on Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1992: Columbia CD: CK 52965 — Perfectly Frank
  • 1992: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6565 — Perfectly Frank [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #58 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK57) Perfectly Frank

1994

“Indian Summer” was recorded and televised live on April 12, 1994 on MTV. This song was recorded as part of a medley with Autumn Leaves. The MTV Unplugged album was released in June of that year. The songs from the televised concert were arranged by Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Trio.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 66214 — MTV Unplugged
  • 2011: Discs #60/61 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK59) MTV Unplugged

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