Ella Fitzgerald: Every Time We Say Goodbye


Every Time We Say Goodbye


Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)


The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume 1 (Verve)

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Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Ted Nash (flute), Bob Cooper (oboe), Paul Smith (piano, celeste), Barney Kessel (guitar), Alvin Stoller (drums),

Robert Marchina, Edgar Lustgarten (cello); Corky Hale (harp), and 12 unknown violins; 2 unknown violas


Misha Russell (concert master). Arranged and conducted by Buddy Bregman. Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: Hollywood, February 7, 1956


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

Perhaps the most enduring song from the whole Songbook series, “Every Time We Say Goodbye” from The Cole Porter Songbook dispensed with the big band-isms that provided the backdrop to the series. Instead, the haunting sound of oboe and strings and Ella’s liquid vocal give this piece its timeless feel. Ella could never quite understand why it was one of her most popular songs with European audiences, and to this day it is regularly played on European radio stations – not least by the BBC. The Cole Porter Songbook set effectively launched Norman Granz’s Verve label, the famous “4000” series initiated with Ella in mind. Its subsequent success when released in 1956 – it went straight to 15 on the Billboard chart, and Down Beat listed it as the second best-selling jazz album – ensured Verve's financial viability and ultimately went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, remaining almost constantly in print since its release.

Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson

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