Young Man with a Horn (soundtrack)

Young Man with a Horn is an album that was released by Columbia Records in 1950. It features trumpeter Harry James and singer Doris Day performing songs initially recorded for the soundtrack of the film of the same name.

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Background and recording


The film Young Man with a Horn was loosely based on the life of Bix Beiderbecke.[1] The soundtrack was played by trumpeter Harry James and his orchestra.[1] Doris Day, who appears in the film, also sang on some of the album's tracks.[1]

Release and reception


Young Man with a Horn was released by Columbia Records in 1950 as the 10-inch LP CL-6106.[2] According to Billboard, on February 3, 1950, Columbia held an advance screening of the film in Hollywood, along with playback of the new record, for Columbia distributors and dealers, hosted by James and his wife, Betty Grable.[3] Billboard prognosticated, "Disks will get heavy exploitation thru the pic tie-up coincidental to the film's general release."[3]

It was enormously successful commercially, spending 11 weeks at the No. 1 spot on Billboard's album charts, albeit non-consecutively.[4] Day and James shared the 5 percent royalty for album sales.[5]

Track listing


(All tracks with Harry James, specified ones with Doris Day)

  1. "I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)" (Harry Ruskin/Henry Sullivan) (Doris Day) - 3:01
  2. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) - 3:05
  3. "The Very Thought Of You" (Ray Noble) (Doris Day) - 3:00
  4. "Melancholy Rhapsody" (Sammy Cahn/Ray Heindorf) - 2:59
  5. "Get Happy" (Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler) - 2:56
  6. "Too Marvelous For Words" (Richard A. Whiting/Johnny Mercer) (Doris Day) 3:17
  7. "Limehouse Blues" (Philip Braham/Douglas Furber)
  8. "With A Song In My Heart" (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart) (Doris Day) - 3:07

This album was expanded into a 12" version in 1954, Columbia CL 582, and currently available compact disc adding the following tracks:[6]

  1. "Would I Love You" (B. Russell/Spina) (Doris Day with Harry James)
  2. "Pretty Baby" (Kahn/Van Alstyne/Jackson) (Doris Day without Harry James)
  3. "I Only Have Eyes for You" (Al Dubin/Harry Warren) (Doris Day with Harry James)
  4. "Lullaby of Broadway" (Al Dubin/Harry Warren) (Doris Day with Harry James)





  1. ^ a b c Jurek, Thom. "Max Steiner: Young Man with a Horn". AllMusic. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "Columbia 10" Album Discography, Part 2 (CL 6100 to CL 6199) 1950-1952".
  3. ^ a b "Col Toots Horn", Billboard, February 11, 1950, pg. 15
  4. ^ List of number-one albums of 1950 (U.S.)
  5. ^ "Col'bia, Warner in 'Horn' Tie-Up", Billboard, February 4, 1950 pg. 45
  6. ^ "Young Man With A Horn (Album) « DISCOVERING DORIS – The longest running Doris Day fan website". Archived from the original on 2010-12-07.
  7. ^ "Young Man with a Horn". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2013.