It's Been a Long, Long Time ~ unreleased session recording
~ featured in the Motion Picture Musical
"I'll Get By"
Music by Jule Styne and lyrics by
E.H. Morris & Co. Inc.
Little Combo" a section of Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, 155
East 24th Street, New York
A&R Producer: Ed O. Welker
Engineer: not listed
Recording Time 1:55
18th, 1956 ~ Matrix No.
G2PB 5655 Take 3 & 4 ( Comp. )
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank"
Guitar ~ Danny Perri
Electric Guitar ~ Anthony
Piano ~ Henry Rowland
Bass ~ Robert Haggart
Drums ~ Terry Snyder
Tenor Sax ~ Abraham Richman
Trumpet ~ James Maxwell
song was recorded in June of 1956 as one of five tracks during an early
session for what would become
Perry's September 1957 RCA Victor pop album
release "We Get Letters" . Only three songs from this session
eventually used in the album with other tracks recorded in February of 1957.
Of the two unreleased songs,
only one was released in later years within an
RCA Camden compilation. This song is not known to have been
released at any
time. ( see unreleased listings within the album link )
This song, composed in 1945, had great
meaning to returning service personnel and their loved ones at the
conclusion of World War II. Fourteen weeks on "Your Hit Parade,"
five times as # 1, it hap top-of-the-chart records
by Bing Crosby, with Les
Paul's Trio ( Decca ) and Harry James, with vocal by Kitty Kallen ( Columbia
). It was also
heard in the motion picture musical "I'll Get By",
a re-make of "Tin Pan Alley," 1950.
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