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"After You've Gone"
After Youve Gone cover.jpg
Sheet music cover (1918)
Published 1918
Songwriter(s) Composer: Turner Layton
Lyricist: Henry Creamer

"After You've Gone" is a 1918 popular song composed by Turner Layton with lyrics by Henry Creamer. It was recorded by Marion Harris on July 22, 1918, and released by Victor Records. The chorus adheres to a standard ABAC pattern but is only 20 measures long. There are four 4-bar phrases, followed by a 4 measure tag. The song is harmonically active, with chord changes almost every measure. The opening four notes are identical to the opening notes of Peg o' My Heart (1912)—at the time songwriters often borrowed the first few notes of a hit melody. The song was so popular that the sheet music was later decorated with tiny photographs of the 45 men who made the song famous, including Paul Whiteman, Rudy Vallée, B.A. Rolfe, Guy Lombardo, and Louis Armstrong.

Notable recordings

Year Performer Work Source
1918 Marion Harris
1918 Henry Burr and Albert Campbell
Billy Murray and Gladys Rice
1927 Sophie Tucker
1927 Bessie Smith
1927 Ruth Etting
1929 Louis Armstrong
1929 Miff Mole And His Little Molers OKeh 41445 (78); recorded 1929/09/24
1929, 1946 Bing Crosby with Paul Whiteman
1930 Red Nichols with Jack Teagarden
1930 Fats Waller with Benny Payne
1931 Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman
1933 Duke Ellington
1935 Benny Goodman Make Mine Music
1935 Coleman Hawkins
1936, 1949 Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli
1937 Roy Eldridge
1937 Lionel Hampton
1937 Quintette du Hot Club de France
1941 Gene Krupa with Roy Eldridge
1943 Sidney Bechet
1944 Art Tatum
1944 Charlie Parker Jazz at the Philharmonic
1949 Al Jolson
1953 Turk Murphy
1953 Frankie Laine
1954 Cal Tjader
1957 Eydie Gorme Eydie Swings the Blues
1958 Dinah Washington Dinah Sings Bessie Smith
1959 Johnny Hartman And I Thought About You
1959 Joni James Joni Sings Sweet
1959 Sonny Stitt The Hard Swing
1960 Tony Bennett Alone Together
1961 Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall
1961 Helen Shapiro Helen
1961 Louis Prima Return of the Wildest
1962 Brook Benton There Goes That Song Again
1962 Ella Fitzgerald Rhythm Is My Business
1963 Rita Reys
1963 Alice Babs
1964 Peggy Lee In the Name of Love
1965 Bobby Darin Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile
1973 Judith Durham Judith Durham and The Hottest Band in Town
1974 Nina Simone
1975 Anita O'Day My Ship
1978 Max Bygraves LingaLongaMax
1979 Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking, Erzsebet Foldi All That Jazz
1984 Frank Sinatra L.A. Is My Lady
1989 Charly Antolini & Dick Morrissey
1991 Mel Tormé & Cleo Laine Nothing Without You
1994 Chet Atkins & Suzy Bogguss Read My Licks
1995 Nicholas Payton Gumbo Nouveau
1996 Phil Collins live at Montreux Jazz Festival
1999 Joscho Stephan Swinging Strings
2003 Anthony Braxton 23 Standards
2004 Anne Murray I'll Be Seeing You
2004 Loudon Wainwright III The Aviator
2004 James Gelfand
2006 Bireli Lagrene
2007 Rufus Wainwright & Lorna Luft Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
2007 Jamie Cullum
2010 Cécile McLorin Salvant Cécile
2011 Hugh Laurie, Dr. John Let Them Talk
2013 Jessy Carolina BioShock Infinite
2014 Mackenzie Davis That Awkward Moment
2016 Salvador Sobral Excuse Me
2020 Curtis Stigers Gentleman
2020 Victoria Pedretti Amazing Stories
2020 Jane Bordeaux Songs of Others
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