IS THAT ALL THERE IS

Latest update on 21/02/2021

Artist: Dan Daniels
Author: Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller
Label: Epic
Year: 1968

Introduced by English Georgia Brown in 1966 for the BBC but no recording was made. Dan Daniels is a New York DJ asked by Epic to voice-over an existing basic track. Leiber & Stoller objected. They'd tried to pitch their composition to Marlene Dietrich but she declined. Lyrics inspired by a Thomas Mann story from 1896: Enttäuschung (Disillusionment). Parts of the lyrics were literally copied.

Covers:

1968:

Leslie Uggams [on lp What's An Uggams? Produced by the authors]

1969:

Peggy Lee [arranged by Randy Newman; hit US]

1969:

Guy Lombardo

1969:

Kathy Kirby

1970:

Maxine Brown

1970:

Tony Bennett

1972:

Hildegarde Knef [als Wenn das alles ist]

1972:

Strangers [as Is Da Dan Al]

1979:

Sacha Distel [as Si ce n'est que ça]

1980:

Cristina Monet [arranged by August Darnell; Leiber & Stoller obstructed further circulation for altering the lyrics; Siouxsie Sioux used it to open her shows]

1988:

Giant Sand

1992:

Paul De Leeuw [as Dat Wat Overblijft under alias Bob de Rooy]

1992:

Alan Price [in film Is That All There Is]

1996:

Murray Head

1996:

P.J. Harvey [in film Basquiat]

2004:

Chaka Khan

2005:

Bette Midler [on Higher Ground, a hurricane Katrina benefit concert]

2006:

Amanda Lear

2008:

Kate & Mike Westbrook

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