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Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk

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Published on Sep 23, 2012

Round Midnight is a 1944 jazz standard by pianist Thelonious Monk. Jazz artists Cootie Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Pepper, and Miles Davis have further embellished the song, with songwriter Bernie Hanighen adding lyrics. Both Williams and Hanighen have received co-credits for their contributions. It is thought that Monk originally composed the song sometime in 1940 or 1941. However, Harry Colomby claims that Monk may have written an early version around 1936 at the age of 19 with the title Grand Finale. Round Midnight is the most-recorded jazz standard composed by a jazz musician.

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