“Sent For You Yesterday” – Benny Goodman And His Orchestra (1939)

Victor; New York, February 1, 1939: Benny Goodman-cl-dir/Irving Goodman-Ziggy Elman-Gordon Griffin-t/Red Ballard-Vernon Brown-tb/Hymie Schertzer-Noni Bernardi-as/Arthur Rollini-Jerry Jerome-ts/Jess Stacy-p/Ben Heller-g/Harry Goodman-b/Buddy Schutz-d/Johnny Mercer-v.

Johnny_Mercer,_New_York,_N.Y.,_between_1946_and_1948_(William_P._Gottlieb_06121)

Johnny Mercer, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 (Photograph by William P. Gottlieb)

Johnny Mercer, Benny Goodman’s vocalist on this track, wrote the lyrics to an estimated 1,500 songs. But he didn’t write this one!

Composed in 1938 by Jimmy Rushing (vocals), Count Basie (piano), and Eddie Durham (guitar). No wonder this song grooves! –it’s a Count Basie number.

Ziggy Elman takes his trumpet solo at 1:49-2:14.

Don’t the moon look lonesome
Shining through the tree?
Don’t the moon look lonesome
Shining through the tree?

Don’t your arms look lonesome
When your baby’s packed to leave?
Sent for you yesterday
Here you come today, today

Sent for you yesterday
Here you come today
If you can’t do better
Might as well just stay away

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