On Green Dolphin Street

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PROFILE
Composer Bronislaw Kaper
Lyricist Ned Washington
Year Written 1947
About On Green Dolphin Street
“On Green Dolphin Street” was written as part of the soundtrack for the film of the same name. While the song was not widely hailed at the time, it soon became popular with jazz musicians and has become a jazz standard (ranking #25 on jazz standards.com), especially after Miles Davis’ 1958 recording.

Lyrics

It seems like a dream
Yet I know it happened
A man, a maid, a kiss, and then goodbye
Romance was the theme
And we were the players
I never think of this without a sigh

Lover, one lovely day
Love came planning to stay
Green Dolphin Street supplied the setting
The setting for nights beyond forgetting

And through these moments apart
Memories live in my heart
When I recall the love I found on,
I could kiss the ground on,
Green Dolphin Street

Session / Album Information

1964

“On Green Dolphin Street” was recorded on March 26, 1964 and released in 1964 on the album When Lights Are Low. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8975 — When Lights Are Low
  • 1964: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 2175 — When Lights Are Low
  • 1987: CBS LP 12″: 4504651 — Jazz (UK)
  • 1987: Columbia LP 12″: C2 40424 — Jazz
  • 1987: Columbia CD: CGK 40424 — Jazz
  • 1990: CBS/Sony CD: CSCS-5242 — When Lights Are Low [Japan]
  • 1998: Columbia CD: CK 65049 — This Is Jazz #33
  • 2006: RPM/Columbia/Legacy CD: 69699 85807 2 — When Lights Are Low
  • 2011: Disc #29 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK28) When Lights Are Low

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