I'll See You Again

  • According to the Noël Coward Society, "I'll See You Again" was both the biggest immediate "hit" of his career and the top royalty earner in the Coward catalogue for sixty years, although curiously there is no known recording of it between 1967 and 1998.
    Though former child actor Coward had scored big time in 1924 with his play The Vortex, and had been spectacularly successful in revue, some were skeptical that he would be able to emulate his success with a full scale musical. He did not disappoint; after opening at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, Bitter-Sweet moved to His Majesty's Theatre, London on July 18, 1929 where it ran for 697 performances, and the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York on November 5, where it clocked up another 159.
    In his two volume study of the British musical theatre, Kurt Gänzl wrote, "I'll See You Again" was "the most popularly enduring [song and] was the show's principal romantic waltz theme... dedicated to Sari by Carl, which becomes the symbol of their love".
    Sari was formerly Sarah Millick, who after becoming engaged at sixteen, eloped with her piano teacher, Carl. She had become a singer and hostess in a Viennese café, and her lover had become Linden.
  • According to Coward himself, the song "came to me whole and complete in a taxi when I was appearing in New York in This Year of Grace... my taxi got stuck in a traffic block on the corner of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, klaxons were honking, cops were shouting, and suddenly in the general din there was the melody, clear and unmistakable. By the time I got home the words of the first phrase had emerged."
  • "I'll See You Again" has been recorded countless times, including by Coward himself, and Bryan Ferry. An orchestral version was first recorded in 1929 by Peggy Wood and George Metaxa, members of the original cast of Bitter-Sweet. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Bass Player Scott EdwardsSong Writing

Scott was Stevie Wonder's bass player before becoming a top session player. Hits he played on include "I Will Survive," "Being With You" and "Sara Smile."

Randy HouserSongwriter Interviews

The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.

Jon Anderson of YesSongwriter Interviews

From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.

Stan RidgwaySongwriter Interviews

Go beyond the Wall of Voodoo with this cinematic songwriter.

Martin PageSongwriter Interviews

With Bernie Taupin, Martin co-wrote the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "These Dreams." After writing the Pretty Woman song for Go West, he had his own hit with "In the House of Stone and Light."