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I'll Be Seeing You" is a popular song, with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal. Published in 1938, the song was inserted into the Broadway musical , which closed after fifteen performances. In the musical, it was performed by the singer Right This Way Tamara Drasin, who had a few years earlier introduced " Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". The song is a jazz standard, and has been covered by many musicians.
The musical theme has emotional power, and was much loved during
World War II, when it became an anthem for those serving overseas (both British and American soldiers). The lyrics begin, in Ambrose's recorded version, with a preamble:
Cathedral bells were tolling and our hearts sang on;
Was it the spell of Paris or the April dawn? I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places [etc.]
Who knows if we shall meet again? But when the morning chimes ring sweet again...
As the song develops, the words take a jaunty commonplace of casual farewell and transform it by degrees, to climax with
...and when the night is new,
I'll be looking at the moon, But I'll be seeing you.
The resemblance between the main tune's first four lines and a passage within the theme of the last movement of
Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony (1896) was pointed out by Deryck Cooke in 1970. [1 ] Movie and television performances [edit ]
Featured throughout the 1944 movie also titled
, starring I'll Be Seeing You Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten, the recording by Bing Crosby became a hit that year, reaching number one for the week of July 1. Later, the song became notably associated with Liberace, as the theme music to his television show of the 1950s. In 1956, [2 ] Jackie Gleason's character, Ralph Kramden, referenced the song on an episode of in which Kramden experienced an early exit on the game show, The Honeymooners The $99,000 Answer, and refused to leave the stage. The song was heard on an episode of the 1960s spy spoof , when the main character had a high-tech trumpet that could play any tune, just by speaking the title into the mouthpiece. It has also been played in the 1989 Get Smart Woody Allen film ; in the end credits of the 1990 film Crimes and Misdemeanors (Liberace's rendition); in the 1992 movie Misery ; in the closing episode of Shining Through ; in the 1999 documentary Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , in the 2004 film Beyond the Mat , and in the 2004 film The Aviator as the song for Noah and Allie. It was featured in the 2006 "Dance with the Dead" episode of The Notebook , which was set near an old WWII airfield. It was also played in the closing credits for the final (until 2011) episode of Midsomer Murders ; in the 2010 season 4 episodes of Beavis and Butt-head ("Founder's Day" "A New World" and "I'll Be Seeing You"). On the final episode of Eureka which was aired on May 22 1992, Doc Severinsen and the NBC Orchestra closed the show with it, as it was one of Carson's favorite songs. The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson
During the 2009 Academy Awards presentation,
Queen Latifah sang the song during the "In Memoriam" tribute to members of the motion picture industry who had died during the previous year, which was controversial because the In Memoriam tribute was previously traditionally unaccompanied. [3 ] [4 ] Covers [edit ]
The song has been
covered by well known artists. Al Hirt released a version on his 1965 album, They're Playing Our Song [5 ] Andrea Corr performed "I'll Be Seeing You" on her 2011 album Lifelines Anne Murray recorded a version for her Greatest Hits compilation, All of Me Barry Manilow, on his 1991 studio album Showstoppers Billie Holiday sang a rendition of the song (1944) Bill Kenny on his 1966 album Remember Me Bing Crosby recorded it in 1944 Brad Mehldau on his live album, The Art of the Trio, Vol. 4 (Back at the Vanguard) Brenda Lee on her 1962 album Sincerely, Brenda Lee Carmen McRae from her album "When You're Away" 1958 Cass Elliot released the song on her live album Don't Call Me Mama Anymore Engelbert Humperdinck recorded it on his 1985 album A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening Etta James for her 1994 cover album Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday Françoise Hardy and Iggy Pop for the 1998 album Jazz a Saint-Germain Frank Sinatra recorded multiple versions of the song, including one version that was more upbeat and "swinging" than later slower versions of the song [6 ] James Darren twice on as the character Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Vic Fontaine, later on also on his album This One's from the Heart Jimmy Durante, a song from his 60's TV show was used in the motion picture The Notebook Jo Stafford recorded the song on her 1958 album G.I. Jo – Songs of World War II with arrangements by Paul Weston (her husband) as the band leader Judy Collins, on her 1975 album Judith June Tabor on her A Quiet Eye CD 2000 Linda Ronstadt on her Hummin' To Myself CD 2004 Liza Minnelli, on her 2002 live album Liza's Back Mel Tormé recorded several studio versions of the song as well as a live performance with pianist George Shearing on the Concord Records album An Elegant Evening Michael Bublé recorded it on his EP First Dance Mina recorded and released the song on her 2012 album 12 (American Song Book) Neil Sedaka recorded it in 1964, but it was not released until 2005, when it was issued on his Love Songs album Peggy Lee recorded it on her 1972 album Norma Deloris Egstrom from Jamestown, North Dakota Queen Latifah sang the song during the "In Memoriam" tribute during the 81st Academy Awards Ray Charles recorded it in 1967 on his album Invites You to Listen Ray Conniff recorded it in 1959 with his orchestra and singers in a very upbeat and swinging version on his album Young At Heart Regina Carter recorded it in 2006 on her album I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey Rickie Lee Jones on her 1991 album Pop Pop Rod Stewart, on his 2002 album It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook Rosemary Clooney recorded it in the early 1990s in her homage to the "War Years" on an album entitled For the Duration Sarah Vaughan, on her 1960 album and her 1963 Dreamy live album Sassy Swings the Tivoli Sonny Rollins, on his 1982 concert in Montreal Steve Tyrell recorded the song on his 1999 album A New Standard* The Blanks recorded an a cappella version on their 2004 album Riding the Wave The Five Satins recorded the song in 1959 The Poni-Tails sang the song in 1959 when it reached as high as #87 in the U.S. The Skyliners and The Belmonts recorded the song The Vocal Majority recorded the song on "I'll Be Seeing You" in 1990 [7 ] Tony Bennett included the song as the final track on his 1992 album Perfectly Frank Vera Lynn recorded the song Willie Nelson recorded the song on Healing Hands of Time Notes [edit ] External links [edit ]
Studio albums Singles " My Blue Heaven" (with Paul Whiteman et al.) " Ol' Man River" (with Paul Whiteman) " Mississippi Mud" (with Paul Whiteman et al.) " Silent Night, Holy Night" (with Paul Whiteman) " Makin' Whoopee" (with Paul Whiteman et al.) " Let's Do It" (with Dorsey Brothers) " Three Little Words" (with Duke Ellington et al.) " I Surrender Dear" (with Gus Arnheim) " Just a Gigolo" " At Your Command" " Stardust" " Goodnight, Sweetheart" " Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)" (Bing's Theme Song) " Waltzing in a Dream" " Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" " I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" " Temptation" " Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" " June in January" " Love Is Just Around the Corner" " I Wished on the Moon" " It Ain't Necessarily So" " Pennies from Heaven" " Sweet Leilani" " Blue Hawaii" " My Reverie" " You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" " God Bless America" " Ciribiribin (They're So in Love)" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " Tumbling Tumbleweeds" " Only Forever" " Deep in the Heart of Texas" " White Christmas" " Moonlight Becomes You" " Sunday, Monday, or Always" " People Will Say We're in Love" " Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" " Pistol Packin' Mama" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " I'll Be Home for Christmas" " Jingle Bells" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " I Love You" " I'll Be Seeing You" " Swinging on a Star" " Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " Amor" " Don't Fence Me In" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " You Belong to My Heart" " On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" " If I Loved You" " It's Been a Long, Long Time" (w/ Les Paul Trio) " I Can't Begin to Tell You" " The Bells of St. Mary's" " McNamara's Band" " Get Your Kicks On Route 66" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " Night and Day" " Easter Parade" " Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " Ballerina" " Now Is the Hour" " But Beautiful" " Careless Hands" " Riders in the Sky" " Some Enchanted Evening" " Dear Hearts and Gentle People" " Mule Train" " Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" " Play a Simple Melody" (w/ Gary Crosby) " La Vie en rose" " All My Love" " Beyond the Reef" " Harbor Lights" " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" " A Marshmallow World" " Sparrow in the Treetop" (w/ Andrews Sisters) " Gone Fishin'" (w/ Louis Armstrong) " In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" (w/ Jane Wyman) " The Isle of Innisfree" " Zing a Little Zong" (w/ Jane Wyman) " Silver Bells" (w/ Carol Richards) " Down by the Riverside" (w/ Gary Crosby) " Young at Heart" " Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" " Stranger in Paradise" " In a Little Spanish Town" (w/ Buddy Cole Trio) " True Love" (w/ Grace Kelly) " Well, Did You Evah!" (w/ Frank Sinatra) " Now You Has Jazz" (w/ Louis Armstrong) " Adeste Fideles" " That's What Life Is All About" " Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" (w/ David Bowie) Related