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A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square


Harry Connick Jr.




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"Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers." Blessings!

Feature, thank you, sweetsuejustyou, for this great arrangement on a favorite!

"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is a romantic British popular song written in 1939 with lyrics by Eric Maschwitz and music by Manning Sherwin.
Berkeley Square is a large leafy square in Mayfair, a part of London. The Ritz Hotel referred to is just outside Mayfair, adjacent to Green Park.

The nightingale, a migrant songbird, is celebrated in literature and music for the beauty of its song. It favours rural habitats, and is unlikely to be heard in Central London.

The song was written in the then small French fishing village of Le Lavandou—now a favourite resort for British holidaymakers and second-home owners—shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.

"When the Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is the title of a short story by Michael Arlen, published in 1923 as part of his collection These Charming People. According to Maschwitz, the title of the song was "stolen" from that of the story. The song had its first performance in the summer of 1939 in a local bar, where the melody was played on piano by Manning Sherwin with the help of the resident saxophonist. Maschwitz sang the words while holding a glass of wine, but nobody seemed impressed. In the spring of 2002, an attempt was made to find the bar where this song was first performed: it was hoped that a blue plaque could be set up. With the help of the local tourist office, elderly residents were questioned, but it proved impossible to identify the venue.

The verse and the additional lyrics to a second chorus were in the song as written, but are rarely sung in recordings (those of Bobby Darin, Mel Torme, Blossom Dearie, Twiggy, Vera Lynn and Rod Stewart being notable exceptions). Twiggy's version was featured in an episode ("Fran's Gotta Have It") of The Nanny.

The song was published in 1940, when it was first performed in the London revue New Faces by Judy Campbell (later the mother of Jane Birkin). In the same year it was also performed by both Ray Noble and then by Vera Lynn. The tune is a recurring theme in the Fritz Lang film Man Hunt (1941).


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Comment by --AItaliaBella--GOLD

just here joyce listening..................waiting to welcome 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so the scatting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! way to jazzed up the new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment by --AItaliaBella--GOLD

Still here...............enjoying this jazzy style here......thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Annie.

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Comment by DeborahW1630

Hello Joyce!
Ya can't get rid of me that easy! Lol I try to listen to everyone sing on here if I have time!
Scat woman!
Did ya mail the cat hat to Chris? Lol
Enjoyed this tune great singing!
Blessings Deb

Happy New Year


Comment by DES_50GOLD

One of my favorites. Your doing a wonderful sing
Joyce. Smooth as silk and with a jazzy blue sound.
Loving my listen. Wishing you a Happy New Year
my friend. Gods blessings pouring down on you .