DUKE ELLINGTON / “Autumn Leaves”

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3 Responses to “DUKE ELLINGTON / “Autumn Leaves””

DJM Says:
April 22nd, 2007 at 5:22 pm

Dear BOL “team”, yes, this is a song coming from France… It’s well known sung by Yves Montand (who never accepted to sing the English version, probably the reason why you chose Piaf instead) but there are so many different versions (Wikipedia states 600…). Montand sang it in a movie in 1946, although he’s probably not the 1st one to record it.

Prevert was a great poet… His text is simply flowing along the music (that started as ballet music !)
The tribute Serge Gainsbourg wrote to this song is another jewel too…

More info :


Ben Klinger Says:
June 4th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

No idea who is the singer from the sample of ColdCut? I really like that version.

         Mtume says:         

Her name is Janis Alexander. She sang on several tracks from Coldcut’s 1993 album, Philosophy. I dunno anything else about her.


David Carter Says:
November 27th, 2007 at 2:33 pm

There is a poignant version by the great Mabel Mercer that is my personal favorite . I’ve not heard it in years but as I remember (or mis-remember) it she sings the lyric in both French and English. It’s a haunting version which is available these days I believe on the cd re-issue of her double album entitled The Art of Mabel Mercer.

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