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TIME AFTER TIME - history

Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1947.

Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne met Frank Sinatra when he was the featured singer in the Tommy Dorsey big band. After Sinatra left the band, Cahn and Styne moved with Sinatra to Hollywood where the writing team wrote songs for live shows the three put together  for their friends to perform.

One night the conversation turned to the then-new score for Annie Get Your Gun by Jerome Kern. No one had heard the score, including Styne; as an amusement, Styne pretended he had heard one of the songs, and played a melody that sounded to him like Kern. The group loved the tune; later Cahn added lyrics, and the improvised tune became "Time After Time." Sinatra recorded the song in 1946.

When Cahn and Styne wrote the music for the movie "It Happened in Brooklyn" the following year, the song was performed by both Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson in the film, and became a big hit for Sinatra. Of the dozens of versions recorded by singers in many styles and genres, Sinatra's remains the most well-known and the biggest hit.

Summarized from articles on JazzStandards.com and Wikipedia:
http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions-1/timeaftertime.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_After_Time_(1947_song)

 

 


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