Lullaby Of Birdland

Album: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald (1954)

Songfacts®:

  • This Bop standard was composed by Anglo-American jazz pianist George Shearing in 1952. The song celebrates the famous New York jazz club Birdland, named after the saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker, which was a venue for many leading Jazz musicians.
  • This tune has been recorded by many other vocal and instrumental performers, including Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and Blue Stars. The latter were a Paris-based 4-man, 4-woman pop-jazz group led by former American big band vocalist, Blossom Dearie, whose version arranged by Michael Legrand reached #16 in the US singles chart in 1956.

Comments: 3

  • Linda Macrae from Hamilton CanadaElla was one of the true greats of America’s vocalists in the early jazz era, and also a wonderful interpreter of modern American ballads - Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein, George Gershwin, et al! So glad her music is still with us and played today. A tribute to her
    great talent. I was a visitor to Birdland all those many years ago! Love Ella’s version!
  • Frederic from VirginiaBirdland became famous for the live broadcasts made there. The club's owner, Morris Levy, asked George to record a theme song for the show. But Shearing didn’t like the song that Levy gave him, so he offered to write one especially for the show.
  • Steve Dotstar from Los Angeles, CaI think George composed this wilhe he was playing at Birdland....or so i have heard.
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