ALWAYS

Latest update on 04/02/2019

Artist: Irving Kaufman
Author: Irving Berlin
Label: Harmony
Year: 1926

Irving Berlin wrote this melody for his second wife Ellin MacKay. She received Always' royalties for dowry. Berlin actually wrote it while in a Florida restaurant with his piano player and this piano player's girlfriend. "Write me a song", she asked. "What's your name?" said Irving. "Mona" she answered. Berlin started humming and dictating the melody which later became Always, but for now with working title Mona. The project was left untouched until his company needed a follow-up for his hit Remember ('25). Since Mona was no longer around, Berlin changed the title in Always. This improved the universal utility of the opening line considerably. No longer was the use of "I'll be loving you always..." the sole privilege of boyfriends of a Mona. Introduced in vaudeville by Gladys Clark and Henry Bergman ('25). First recorder Irving Kaufman also made his debut in vaudeville.

Covers:

1926:

Nick Lucas

1926:

Henry Burr

1926:

Vincent Lopez

1926:

George Olsen

1926:

Josephine Baker

1935:

Benny Goodman

1938:

Fud Candrix

1944:

Gordon Jenkins

1945:

Sammy Kaye

1945:

Guy Lombardo

1947:

Frank Sinatra

1952:

Earl Bostic

1953:

Lionel Hampton

1955:

Billie Holiday

1958:

Ella Fitzgerald

1959:

Sammy Turner [n°2 R&B]

1960:

Patsy Cline [posthumous C&W hit in '80]

1964:

Jerry Jackson

1965:

Sandie Shaw

1973:

Harry Nilsson

1973:

Luther Ingram

1981:

Willie Nelson

1983:

June Pointer

1992:

Leonard Cohen

2012:

Paul McCartney

2014:

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie

Atlantic Starr's Always (n°1 US in '87) is another one.

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