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VINCENT YOUMANS  

(1898 - 1946)

Vincent Youmans was as esteemed in the ‘20s and ‘30s as his contemporary, George Gershwin. The son of a prosperous hatter, he left college to join the Navy at 17. The bandmaster, John Philip Sousa, encouraged his music and had every Navy band play Youmans’ “Hallelujah”.

In 1919 Youmans worked as the pianist assisting Victor Herbert in rehearsing singers, which he sites as an incredible learning experience. He wrote his first Broadway show in 1921 with young Ira Gershwin, Two Little Girls in Blue. By 1924 he enjoyed enormous success with No, No Nanette, which became the first Broadway show to tour the world, and produced “I Want to Be Happy” and “Tea for Two” with Irving Caesar’s lyrics.

In 1927 Leo Robin and Clifford Grey added lyrics to “Hallelujah” for Hit the Deck. The show also featured “Sometimes I’m Happy,” a song from a failed 1925 show, given new lyrics by Irving Caesar. 1929’s Great Day! produced “More Than You Know” and “Without a Song” with Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu. Two of Youmans’ most beautiful songs are “Time on My Hands” (1930), written with Harold Adamson and Mack Gordon, and “Through the Years” (1932), written with Edward Heyman. In 1933 he scored the film Flying Down to Rio, with its lively title cut, “Orchids in the Moonlight,” and “Carioca,” lyrics by Gus Kahn and Eliscu.

Youmans contracted tuberculosis, but he loved the night life and did not slow down, contributing to his early demise. His output was small, but each tune was expertly crafted.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ASTAIRE, Fred: Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (1933-1936) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120718
Nostalgia
BECHET, Sidney: Shake It And Break It (1938-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120699
Jazz
BRITISH DANCE BANDS, Vol. 1 (1930-1943) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120603
Nostalgia
DORSEY, Tommy: Swing High (1936-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120632
Jazz
EDDY, Nelson: A Perfect Day (1935-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120591
Nostalgia
GARDNER, Freddy: Freddy Gardner (1939-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120506
Nostalgia
GARNER, Erroll: Standards (1945-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120661
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Bumblebee Stomp (1937-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120677
Jazz
KENTON, Stan: MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 4 (1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120703
Nostalgia
KENTON, Stan: MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 5 (1944-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120714
Jazz
KRUPA, Gene: Wire Brush Stomp (1935-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120657
Jazz
LANZA, Mario: The Christmas Album (1950-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120720
Nostalgia
LARS ERSTRAND / ANTTI SARPILA QUINTET: Jazz on the Platform - In the Tracks of Benny Goodman Prophone
PCD088
Contemporary Jazz
MARSHALL, Wayne: Organ Improvisations Delos
DE3228
Contemporary Jazz
MELCHIOR, Lauritz: American Recordings (1946-47) Naxos Historical
8.111239
Musicals
MILLER, Glenn: Glen Island Special (1938-1942) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120746
Jazz
Music For Lonely Lovers Naxos International
8.990022
Orchestral
PETTIFORD, Oscar: Basically Duke Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81226JZ
Jazz
REINHARDT, Django: Americans in Paris (1938-1945) (Reinhardt, Vol. 8) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120740
Jazz
REINHARDT, Django: H. C. Q. Strut (1938-1939) (Reinhardt, Vol. 5) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120707
Jazz
Romantic Broadway Naxos International
8.990043
Orchestral
SCHMID, Beni: Obsession - Hommage a Grappelli Oehms Classics
OC554
Contemporary Jazz
SINATRA, Frank: The Early Years, Vol. 1 (1940-1942) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120539
Nostalgia
TATUM, Art: Fine And Dandy (1937-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120730
Jazz
TATUM, Art: Piano Encores (1949) Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81211JZ
Jazz
TEA FOR TWO - Songs and Chansons from the Belle-Époque to the Roaring 20s (Decouture, Brocard, Frivol'Ensemble) Naxos
8.573973
Musicals
TIBBETT, Lawrence: The White Dove (1926-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120593
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND AND SINGING SERGEANTS: New Singing Sergeants (The) Altissimo
75442262582
Choral - Secular
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Showcase Altissimo
75442270482
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WALLER, Fats: A Handful of Fats - Classic Hits (1929-1942) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120760
Jazz
WALLER, Fats: Transcriptions (1935) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120577
Jazz
WALLER, Fats: Transcriptions (1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120692
Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120538
Jazz
YOUNG, Lester: Lester Leaps Again (1942-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120764
Jazz




 
 
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