Stella By Starlight

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PROFILE
Composer Victor Young
Lyricist Ned Washington
Year Written 1944 (music), 1946 (lyrics)
About Stella By Starlight
“Stella by Starlight” was introduced in the 1944 film The Uninvited. The song was recorded in 1947 by Harry James and Frank Sinatra; it has been frequently recorded ever since. It found its way as a jazz standard in the early 1950s, with recordings by Stan Getz, Bud Powell and Stan Kenton. It ranks as the 10th most important jazz title at jazzstandards.com.

Lyrics

The song a robin sings,
Through years of endless springs,
The murmur of a brook at eventide,
That ripples by a nook where two lovers hide.

That great symphonic theme,
That’s Stella by starlight,
And not a dream,
My heart and I agree,
She’s everything on earth to me.

That great symphonic theme,
That’s Stella by starlight,
And not a dream,
My heart and i agree,
She’s everything on earth to me.

Session / Album Information

1961

Stella By Starlight was recorded on April 6, 1961 and released in 1961 on the album My Heart Sings. It was arranged by Ralph Burns.

This recording released on:

  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8458 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1658 — My Heart Sings
  • 1961: Philips LP 12″ (Mono): BBL 7495 — My Heart Sings (UK)
  • 1967: Hallmark LP 12″: SHM 769 — The Very Thought Of You
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9891 — Love Story: 20 All-Time Great Recordings
  • 1971: CBS LP 12″: 66297 — Love Songs (UK)
  • 1971: Harmony LP 12″: KH 30758 — The Very Thought Of You
  • 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-5245 — My Heart Sings [Japan]
  • 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
  • 2004: Columbia/Legacy CD: C5K 92784 — Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett
  • 2005: Columbia CD: 94299 — Jazz Moods: Cool
  • 2011: Disc #20 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK20) My Heart Sings

April 6, 1961

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