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Favorite Standards (Vol 22) – My old Flame

Jazz Play Along – Favorite Standards (Vol 22) – My old Flame – with sheet music

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“My Old Flame” first appeared in the 1934 film Belle of the Nineties when it was sung by Mae West, backed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Six weeks after filming wrapped with West, Ellington recorded the tune with singer Ivie Anderson, released on Commadore 585. It became a No. 7 hit for Guy Lombardo later that year but it was not until the early 1940s that the tune re-emerged, entering the repertoire of the orchestras of Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

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“My Old Flame” has since become a jazz standard, and sung by the likes of Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Helen Humes, with instrumental interpretations by Charlie Parker for the Dial label in 1947, Gerry Mulligan with Chet Baker in 1953, trombonist J.J. Johnson on his 1957 album Trombone Master, Sonny Rollins on his 1993 album Old Flames and many others. The tune was also recorded by the Stan Kenton orchestra,and Zoot Sims in a “sensitive rendition” according to Jazz Improv magazine.

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