"On the Sunny Side of the Street" (Ted Lewis, 1930)





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Published on Jun 17, 2008

"On the Sunny Side of the Street" is a 1930 song composed by Jimmy McHugh, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Having become a jazz standard, it was played (usually as an instrumental) by such greats as Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Errol Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie.

Frankie Laine had a hit with his recording, and the song also was recorded by other leading vocalists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. Arguably the best known arrangement is found in the 1945 record by Tommy Dorsey and the Sentimentaists. The children's group Sharon Lois and Bram recorded a version for their Sing A to Z recording. Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt recorded their well-known version on their Sonny Side Up album.

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
On the sunny side of the street

Don't you hear that pitter-pat
You know that happy tune is your step
Life could be so sweet
On the sunny side of the street

I used to walk in the shade with my blues on parade
Now you know I'm not afraid... I guess this rover done crossed over

If I never have a cent
I'd be rich as Rockefeller
Gold dust at my feet
On the sunny side of the street


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