London By Night

Songwriter Carroll Coates
Year Written 1950
About London by Night
Composer Carroll Coates was born in Old Bridge, England in 1929. He was an active songwriter from the 1940s for jazz and popular music as well as film music. Hie films include “Sunday in New York” and “Let’s Make Love.” He was associated with Sarah Vaughan. After her death in 1990, he composed a song in tribute her, “Sarah,” and organized a tribute concert for her in 1991.


London by night is a wonderful sight
There is magic abroad in the air
I’m often told that the streets turn into gold
When the moon shines on Circus and Square

Deep in the dark that envelops the park
There’s romance in each cigarette glow
Down by the Thames, lights that sparkle like gems
Seem to wink at each girl and her beau

Up comes the moon when the city’s asleep
He’s not alone, for it seems somewhere up there
Stands an angel to keep her watch
While each Londoner dreams

My love and I saw the sun leave the sky
Then we kissed in the fast-fading light
Most people say they love London by day
But lovers love London by night

Session / Album Information


“London By Night” was recorded on September 11, 1972 and released that year on the album The Good Things In Life. It was arranged by Robert Farnon.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: MGM LP 12″: MV-5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Verve LP 12″: V6 5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 1973: Verve LP 12″: SE 4929 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits No. 7
  • 1991: Curb CD: D2-77447 — The Best Of Tony Bennett
  • 2011: Disc #45 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK44) The Good Things In Life
  • 2011: Disc #47 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK46) Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits Volume 7

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