Tenderly

Tenderly

PROFILE
Composer Walter Gross
Lyricist Jack Lawrence
Year Written 1946
About Tenderly
“Tenderly”, originally written in 3/4 time, morphed into 4/4 time and became a major jazz standard, with recordings by many of the the great jazz performers in the 1950s, both vocal and instrumental.

Lyrics

You took my lips you took my love
So tenderly
The evening breeze caress the trees
Tenderly
The trembling tress embrace the breeze
Tenderly
Then you and i came wandering by
And lost in a sigh were we
The shore was kissed by sea and mist
Tenderly
I can’t forget how two hearts met
Breathlessly
Your arms opened wide
And closed me in inside
You took my lips you took my love
So tenderly
Then you and i came wandering by
And lost in a sigh were we
The shore was kissed by sea and mist
Tenderly
I can’t forget when two hearts met breathlessly
Your arms opened wide and closed me inside
You took my lips you took my love
So tenderly

Session / Album Information

1959

“Tenderly” was recorded on November 10, 1959 and was released in 1960 on the album To My Wonderful One. It was arranged by Frank DeVol.

This recording released on:

  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″: CS 8226 — To My Wonderful One
  • 1960: Columbia LP 12″ (Mono): CL 1429 — To My Wonderful One
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9891 — Love Story: 20 All-Time Great Recordings
  • 1971:  CBS LP 12″: 66297 — Love Songs (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #16 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK16) To My Wonderful One

1995

“Tenderly” was recorded in July 1995 and released that year on Here’s To The Ladies.  The song is in tribute to Rosemary Clooney. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 67349 — Here’s To The Ladies   (1995)
  • 1996: Columbia CD: SRCS-7936 — Here’s To The Ladies [Japan]
  • 2011: Disc #62 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK60) Here’s To The Ladies

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