Today’s song of the day is an American jazz and big band song, “Star Dust,” by Artie Shaw.
- “Star Dust” was originally created by American musician and composer Hoagy Carmichael in 1927.
- Today, the song is considered a “jazz standard,” or a musical composition widely learned and performed as part of jazz musicians’ education and repertoire.
- The track was initially instrumental only. Two years after its composition, American lyricist Mitchell Parish was hired to add words to the piece.
- By 1940, “Star Dust” had become widely popular with both professionals and laymen alike and had secured its place as a jazz standard.
- Many artists and musicians covered the song throughout its popularity peak, including Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ringo Starr, Ella Fitzgerald, and Artie Shaw.
- The track has been featured in a number of films over the years, such as My Favorite Year (1982), Goodfellas (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and Casino (1995).
- In 1995, “Star Dust” was formally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
- Later, in 2004, it joined other culturally and historically significant songs in the National Recording Registry.
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we’re apart
You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
Sometimes I wonder, how I spend
The lonely nights
Dreaming of a song
Haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
You are in my arms
Tells his fairytale
Of paradise, where roses grew
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain