On the Sunny Side of the Street

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PROFILE
Composer Jimmy McHugh
Lyricist Dorothy Fields
Year Written 1930
About On The Sunny Side of the Street
“On The Sunny Side of the Street” was introduced in Lew Leslie’s International Revue. The song was one of the first in a series of cheerful songs to try to cheer people up over the Great Depression. It has proven popular with singers, who love the wonderful Fields lyrics, and jazz players, who love McHugh’s swingy tune.

Lyrics

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Life can be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

Can’t you hear the pit-a-pat?
And that happy tune is your step
Life can be complete
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade
But I’m not afraid
Because this rover crossed over

And if I never had a cent
I’d be rich as Rockefeller
With gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade
With those blues on parade
But I’m not afraid
Because this rover crossed over

And if I never had a cent
I’d be rich as Rockefeller
With gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street

Session / Album Information

1967

“On the Sunny Side of the Street” 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]
  • 1973: Embassy LP 12″: EMB 31002 — Trolley Song
  • 2011: Disc #34 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK33) Tony Makes It Happen!

1971

“On The Sunny Side of the Street” was recorded on January 31, 1971 and released that year on the album Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra. It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 1971: Columbia LP 12″: C 30953 — Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 2011: Disc #42 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK41) Get Happy with The London Philharmonic Orchestra

1972

“On The Sunny Side of the Street” was recorded on December 13, 1972 and released in 1973 on the album “Listen Easy.” It was arranged by Don Costa.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 1973: Verve LP 12″: V6 5094 — Listen Easy
  • 1973: Philips LP 12″: 6308 157 — Listen Easy [UK]
  • 1973: Verve LP 12″: SE 4929 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits No. 7
  • 2011: Disc #46 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK45) Listen Easy
  • 2011: Disc #47 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK46) Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits Volume 7

2011

“On the Sunny Side Of The Street” with Willie Nelson was recorded in 2011 and was released that year on Duets II. It was arranged by Marion Evans.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697662532: Duets II
  • 2011: RPM Sony 88697961501: Duets II (LP)
  • 2011: Disc #71 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK69) Duets II

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