Lullaby of Broadway

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PROFILE
Composer Harry Warren
Lyricist Al Dubin
Year Written 1935
About Lullaby of Broadway
“Lullaby of Broadway” was introduced in the 1935 movie Gold Diggers of 1935; it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It is one of the great show biz anthems. The 1980 musical 42nd Street featured Jerry Orbach singing the song.

Lyrics

Come on along and listen to
The Lullaby of Broadway
The hip hooray and ballyhoo
The Lullaby of Broadway

The rumble of a subway train
The rattle of the taxis
The daffodils who entertain
At Angelo’s and Maxie’s

When a Broadway baby says good night
It’s early in the morning
Manhattan babies don’t sleep tight
Until the dawn

Goodnight, baby
Goodnight, the milkman’s on his way
Sleep tight, baby
Sleep tight, let’s call it a day, hey

Come on along and listen to
The Lullaby of Broadway
The Copacabana and Birdland too
The Lullaby of Broadway

The band begins to go to town
And everyone goes crazy
You rock-a-bye your baby ’round
To Ellington or Basie

Hush, I’ll buy you this and that
You hear a Daddy saying
Baby goes home to her flat
To sleep all day

Goodnight, baby
Goodnight, the milkman’s on his way
Sleep tight, baby
Sleep tight, let’s call it a day

Listen to the Lullaby of Old Broadway
Come along with me to Broadway
Broadway

Session / Album Information

1957

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded on October 21, 1957 and released in 1957 on the album The Beat of My Heart. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.


This recording also released on:

  • Pacific LP 12″: — Just One Of Those Things [Australia]
  • 1957: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7219 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 1969: Harmony LP 12″: HS 11340 — Just One Of Those Things
  • 1970: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 646 — Just One Of Those Things [UK]
  • 1997: Columbia CD: CK 66502 — The Beat Of My Heart
  • 2008: Not Now Music CD: NOT3CD010 — Three Original Hit Albums [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #11 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK11) The Beat of My Heart

1958

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded on December 22, 1958 and released in 1959 on the album In Person! . It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording was released on:

  • Columbia LP 12″: LE 10125 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • CBS LP 12″: 35DP159 — In Person! With Count Basie [Japan]
  • CBS LP 12″: 20AP1418 — In Person! With Count Basie [Japan]
  • Philips LP 12″: 840059BY — In Person! With Count Basie [UK]
  • 1959: CBS LP 12″: BPG 62250 — In Person! [UK]
  • 1959: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8104 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • 1959: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1294 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • 1959: Philips LP 12″: BBL 7398/SBBL 542 — In Person! With Count Basie [UK]
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1991: Columbia CD: C4K 46843 — Forty Years – The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1993: CBS/Sony CD: SRCS-6641 — Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett
  • 1994: Columbia House Music Collection CD: 28387 — The Great American Composers: Harry Warren
  • 1994: Columbia CD: CK 64276 — In Person! With Count Basie
  • 1999: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CD: UDCD743 — In Person!
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2008: Jasmine CD: JASCD482 — Together At Last/A Perfect Combination
  • 2011: Disc #14 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK14) In Person!

1962-1

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded live at Tony Bennett’s concert at Carnegie Hall on June 9, 1962 and was initially released in 1962 on the album Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall.

This recording released on:

  • 1962: CBS LP 12″: BPG62116 — At Carnegie Hall – Part 1 (UK)
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8705 — At Carnegie Hall – vol.1
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: C2L 23 — Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall
  • 1962: Columbia LP 12″: C2S 823 — Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall
  • 1993: Sony Music Special Products CD: 15056 — Tony Bennett Sings for You
  • 1995: Sony Music CD: WK 75012 — Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall
  • 1997: Columbia CD: C2K 64609 — At Carnegie Hall June 9, 1962: Complete Concert
  • 2011: Disc #24 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK23) Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall

1962-2

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded on August 28, 1962 and released in 2013 on the album Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962. This number was from an unrehearsed improv set with the Dave Brubeck Trio.

This recording released on:

  • 2013: Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962 (88883718042)

1964

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded on April 8, 1964 and released in 2011 on Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: From This Moment On, as part of the 2011 Complete Collection. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #74 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK72) Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: From This Moment On

1967

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded on July 18, 1967 as part of the “Broadway Medley” and released that year on the album For Once In My Life. It was arranged by Torrie Zito.

This recording released on:

  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9573 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: Columbia LP 12″: CL 2773 — For Once In My Life
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″: SBPG 63166 — For Once In My Life (UK)
  • 1967: CBS LP 12″ (Mono): BPG 63166 — For Once In My Life [UK]
  • 2009: Beat Goes On CD: 886 — For Once In My Life/I’ve Gotta Be Me [UK]
  • 2011: Disc #35 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK34) For Once In My Life

2006

“Lullaby of Broadway” was recorded was recorded on February 4, 2006 with The Dixie Chicks and was released that same year on Duets: An American Classic. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.

This recording released on:

  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876809792 — Duets: An American Classic
  • 2006: RPM Records/Columbia CD: 82876887352 — Duets: An American Classic [Target Stores]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 828768858721 — Duets: An American Classic [Australia]
  • 2006: Sony BMG CD: 82876885862 — Duets: An American Classic [UK, Singapore]
  • 2011: Disc #70 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK68) Duets: An American Classic

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