I'm Beginning to See the Light

"I'm Beginning to See the Light" is a popular song and jazz standard, with music written by Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James and lyrics by Don George and published in 1944.

"I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Song
Published1944 by Grand Music Corp
Songwriter(s)Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James[1]

1945 recordingsEdit

  • Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots featuring Bill Kenny recorded a version in 1945, that was on the pop song hits list for six weeks in 1945, reaching #5.
  • A competing 1945 recording by Harry James and his Orchestra,[2] with lead vocal by Kitty Kallen reached No. 1 for two weeks in January of that year. James' version of the song reached No. 7 on Billboard's Second Annual High School Survey in 1945.[3]
  • Duke Ellington also released in 1945 a version, vocal by Joya Sherrill, which reached the top ten.[4]

Other notable recordingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "secondhandsongs.com". secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 1, side B.
  3. ^ Smith, Kathleen E.R. (28 March 2003). God Bless America: Tin Pan Alley Goes to War. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 167. ISBN 0-8131-2256-2.
  4. ^ "I'm Beginning to See the Light" at Jazz Standards
  5. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-1500 to 20-1999 series
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 185.