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Published on Sep 18, 2012
Winston on Piano Jonathan on Sax Emerson on Bass Tony on Percussion
Bronislau Kaper composed the score for the 1950 film A Life of Her Own, starring Lana Turner as a model who's having an affair with a married man played by Ray Milland. Kaper's film score was nominated for a Golden Globe award, but the picture did not do well at the box office. However, the lush and haunting score was so appealing that it was used for a second film in 1952, Invitation, starring Dorothy Maguire and Van Johnson. Paul Francis Webster wrote the lyric for Kaper's main theme, called simply "Invitation." So although Kaper wrote the melody in 1950, the song's date is usually given as 1952.
George Shearing arranged "Invitation" for piano, and Frank Mantooth wrote a Latin arrangement of the song. Rosemary Clooney recorded it in 1963 with a lush background arranged by Nelson Riddle. Without ever having charted, "Invitation" seeped into the jazz standard repertoire.