I Want to Be Happy
The song is used several times throughout the musical as a running theme representing the attempts of various people to please others.
It is first sung by the character Jimmy to his ward Nanette.
- 1930 No, No, Nanette
- 1940 No, No, Nanette - sung by Anna Neagle and Richard Carlson
- 1950 Tea for Two - sung by Doris Day, and also sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae
- 1988 Torch Song Trilogy - performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
- 1995 Stuart Saves His Family - performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra starring Warren Covington
- 1999 Entrapment - performed by Ted Heath and His Orchestra
- 2015 Joy - performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb and His Orchestra
“I Want to Be Happy” charted several times over thirteen years:
- Carl Fenton and His Orchestra (1924, Billy Jones, Ernest Hare, Wilfred Glenn, Elliot Shaw, vocal, peaking at #5 over three weeks)
- Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra (1925, seven weeks, two of them at #2)
- Jan Garber and His Orchestra (1925, 5 weeks, peaking at #5)
- Shannon Four composed of Charles Hart, Lewis James, Elliot Shaw, Wilfred Glenn (1925, one week, peaking at #13). In 1926 this group became the Revelers.
- Red Nichols (cornet) and Adrian Rollini (baritone sax) (1930, one week, peaking at #19)
- Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (1937, one week, peaking at #17).
Other recordings include:
- Ella Fitzgerald - recorded December 17, 1937 with Chick Webb and His Orchestra for Decca Records, catalog No. 15039A.
- Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded the song in 1939 and released it as the b--side to their hit single "In the Mood".
- Lester Young, Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich recorded the song in 1946, which was released in 1953 on the Clef Records 10-inch LP The Lester Young Trio No.2
- Doris Day on the album Tea for Two (1950)
- Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1954 for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the box set The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings (1954-56) issued by Mosaic Records (catalog MD7-245) in 2009.
- Tony Bennett - included in his album Love Story (1971).
- The Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra released a recording of the song on their 2014 studio album Prime Time with Doc Severinsen.
- "Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (I Want to Be Happy)". Jazzstandards.com. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
- "The Online Discographical Project". 78discography.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire. Oxford University Press. pp. 185–186. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
- "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
- "allmusic.com". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
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