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Published on Jan 2, 2011
"Autumn in New York" is a jazz standard composed by Vernon Duke in 1934 for the Broadway musical Thumbs Up! which opened on December 27, 1934, performed by J. Harold Murray. Several versions of the song have been recorded over the years by numerous musicians and singers. Recorded in Los Angeles, Billie's sweet-and-sour rendition is resigned and expectant. You hear the pain and the joy at once. Billie recorded the song twice on the same date, once for the 10-inch LP and again, slightly slower, for the 78-rpm single. Best of all, Oscar Peterson is dazzling behind her. This is the best version from the Complete Billie Holiday on Verve (1945-1959).
Billie Holiday is buried in New York at St. Raymond's Cemetery in the northeast section of the Bronx.
Billie's accompanied by Oscar Peterson (p); Barney Kessel (f); Ray Brown (b); and J.C. Heard (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, April, 1952 (Clef Records)
Autumn in New York Why does it seem so inviting? Autumn in New York It spells the thrill of first-nighting Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds In canyons of steel They're making me feel I'm home
It's autumn in New York That brings the promise of new love Autumn in New York Is often mingled with pain Dreamers with empty hands May sigh for exotic lands It's autumn in New York It's good to live it again
Autumn in New York The gleaming rooftops at sundown Autumn in New York It lifts you up when you're rundown Jaded roués and gay divorcés Who lunch at the Ritz Will tell you that"It's divine !"
This autumn in New York Transforms the slums into Mayfair Autumn in New York You'll need no castle in Spain Lovers that bless the dark On benches in Central Park Greet Autumn in New York It's good to live it again