This is another one of those pieces of classic jazz that I cannot help but adore, regardless of the recording artist.
Duke Ellington and Harry James, two of my favorite artists of the time, were among those who collaborated on this piece. Ella Fitzgerald, Harry James, and Duke Ellington all released recordings of this song in 1945 and all reached the top of the charts, unsurprisingly.
I love this recording the most of all of them not only because it’s perfectly in my range to sing with a shimmy and red bow lips, but also because I can’t help but dance every time I hear it. It doesn’t matter whose recording it is, I’m gonna smile, but this one is hands down my favorite because of its simplicity… Also because Harry James does some things with that trumpet that are out of this world and I can’t help but swoon.
Grab the smelling salts…
“I’m Beginning to See the Light”
Harry James and his Orchestra featuring Kitty Kallen, 1945
Songwriter: Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, and Harry James