"One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" is a popular song written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the musical The Sky's the Limit (1943) and first performed in the film by Fred Astaire. Popular music is Music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more Harold Arlen ( February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American Composer of popular music John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer ( November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American Songwriter and Singer The Sky's The Limit ( 1943) is a musical comedy Film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 &ndash June 22, 1987) was an American Academy Award It was popularized by the American singer Frank Sinatra. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor
Harold Arlen described the song as "another typical Arlen tapeworm" - a "tapeworm" being the trade slang for any song which went over the conventional 32 bar length. The Sky's The Limit ( 1943) is a musical comedy Film with a wartime theme starring Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, Robert He called it "a wandering song. [Lyricist] Johnny [Mercer] took it and wrote it exactly the way it fell. Not only is it long - forty-eight bars - but it also changes key. Johnny made it work. " In the opinion of Arlen's biographer, Edward Jablonski, the song is "musically inevitable, rhythmically insistent, and in that mood of 'metropolitan melancholic beauty' that writer John O'Hara finds in all of Arlen's music. John Henry O'Hara ( January 31, 1905 &ndash April 11, 1970) was an American Writer. "
Sinatra recorded the song several times during his career: In 1947 with Columbia Records, in 1958 for Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, in 1962 for Sinatra & Sextet: Live in Paris, in 1966 for Sinatra at the Sands and finally, in 1993, for his Duets album. Year 1947 ( MCMXLVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Columbia Records is an American Record label founded in 1888 Columbia is the oldest surviving Brand name in pre-recorded sound being the first record company Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (also known as Sings for Only the Lonely and simply Only the Lonely) is an album by Sinatra & Sextet Live in Paris is a Live album by American singer Frank Sinatra, recorded in 1962 but released in 1994 by Reprise Records. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Sinatra at the Sands is a 1966 (see 1966 in music) Live album by Frank Sinatra, accompanied by the Count Basie Band, conducted Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Duets is an album by American singer Frank Sinatra, released in 1993 The latter, featuring Kenny G., closes the album and critics have noted that Sinatra almost seems to cry the final words "It's a long, long. Kenneth Gorelick (born June 5, 1956) better known by his Stage name Kenny G, is an American Saxophonist whose fourth . . man, it's long. . . road. "
A famous and acclaimed performance of the song was by Bette Midler, sung to Johnny Carson on the penultimate night of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is anAmerican Singer, Actress and Comedian, also known (as her informal stage name as John William “Johnny” Carson ( October 23, 1925 &ndash January 23, 2005) was an American Television host and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was a late-night talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the ''Tonight Show'' franchise from 1962 Both Midler and Carson got caught up in the emotion of the song, and a heretofore unused camera angle on the set framed the two and the performance. It earned Midler that year's Emmy Award (1992) for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. The lyrics were adapted to suit the occasion - such as "And John I know you're getting anxious to close". 
Countless renditions of "One For My Baby. . . " have been performed, the following is a list of notable/well-known versions which have been recorded thus far:
- Perry Como - 3:45 - Available on the Long Play Record So Smooth
- Billie Holiday - 5:42 - Available on "The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945-1959"
- Ella Fitzgerald - 4:18 - Available on Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from "Let No Man Write My Epitaph"
- Etta James - 3:27 - Available on "The Essential Etta James"
- Frank Sinatra - 3:07 (1947) - Available on "The Essential Frank Sinatra: The Columbia Years"
- Frank Sinatra - 4:23 (1958) - Available on Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely
- Frank Stallone - 4:31 - Available on "Soft And Low"
- Frankie Laine - 3:39 - Available on "The Legend at His Best"
- Fred Astaire - 4:59 - Available on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals" and "Hollywood's Best: The 40's"
- Harold Arlen - 4:15 - Available on "Too Marvelous For Words • Capitol Sings Johnny Mercer"
- Iggy Pop - 4:05 - Available on "Party"
- Iggy Pop - 6:04 (live version) - Available on "Heroin Hates You"
- Johnny Mercer - 3. Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como ( May 18 1912 &ndash May 12 2001) was an Italian-American singer and television personality So Smooth was Perry Como's first RCA Victor 12" long-play album recorded and originally released in 1955 Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7 1915 – July 17 1959 was an American Jazz singer and songwriter Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25 1917 &ndash June 15 1996 also known as " Lady Ella " and the "First Lady of Song" is considered one of the most influential Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs from "Let No Man Write My Epitaph" is a 1960 (see 1960 in music) Album by the American Jazz singer Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins on January 25, 1938) is an American Blues, soul, R&B, Rock & roll Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra (December 12 1915 &ndash May 14 1998 was an American singer and actor Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely (also known as Sings for Only the Lonely and simply Only the Lonely) is an album by Frank Stallone Jr (born July 30, 1950) is an American Actor and Singer / Guitarist, the brother of Sylvester Stallone Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio ( Chicago, March 30, 1913 – San Diego, February 6, 2007) Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 &ndash June 22, 1987) was an American Academy Award Harold Arlen ( February 15, 1905 – April 23, 1986) was an American Composer of popular music James Newell Osterberg Jr (born April 21, 1947) better known by his Stage name Iggy Pop, is an American rock singer Songwriter James Newell Osterberg Jr (born April 21, 1947) better known by his Stage name Iggy Pop, is an American rock singer Songwriter John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer ( November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American Songwriter and Singer 09 - Available on "Capitol Collector's Series"
- Johnny Mercer - 3:58 - Available on "My Huckleberry Friend"
- Julie London - 4. John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer ( November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American Songwriter and Singer Julie London ( September 26, 1926 &ndash October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress 10 - Available on "Your Number Please"
- Laura Fygi - 5:59 (live version) - Available on "Laura Fygi's Tunes of Passion"
- Lena Horne - 3:24 - Available on "Bluebird's Best: The Young Star"
- Linda Eder - 4:23 - Available on "It's No Secret Anymore"
- Lou Rawls - 4:25 - Available on "Great Gentlemen of Song: Spotlight on Lou Rawls"
- Marlene Dietrich - 4:07 - Available on "Love Songs"
- Marvin Gaye - 4:30 - Available on "Moods of Marvin Gaye"
- Nana Mouskouri - 3:15 - Available on "I'll remember you"
- Rosemary Clooney - 3:50 - Available on "Ballad Essentials"
- Jula de Palma - 3:24 - Available on "Jula in Jazz 2"
- Tony Bennett - 3:26 - Available on Perfectly Frank also a 1957 chart single
- Willie Nelson - 2:36 - Available on "Willie & Leon: One For the Road"
- Robbie Williams - 4:18 - Available on "Swing When You're Winning"
- Bette Midler - 4:06 - Available on "Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits (1993)"
Modern film references
- Dianne Reeves rendition of the song is featured throughout the closing credits of George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), and is available on the film's official soundtrack album. Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917) is an iconic American singer and Actress. Linda Eder (born February 3, 1961) is an American Singer and Actress. Louis Allen Rawls ( December 1, 1933 &ndash January 6, 2006) was an American Soul music, Jazz, and Marlene Dietrich maɐˈleːnə ˈdiːtrɪç (December 27 &ndashMay 6) was a German -born American Actress, Singer and Entertainer Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, known as Marvin Gaye ( April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American Singer-songwriter Nana Mouskouri (in Greek Nάνα Μούσχουρη) born as Ioanna Mouskhouri on October 13 1934, in Chania, Crete, Rosemary Clooney ( May 23, 1928 &ndash June 29, 2002) was an American Singer and actress whose warm radiant Jula (Jolanda de Palma (born April 21 1932, Milan) is an Italian Singer. Tony Bennett (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto; August 3 1926) is an American Singer of popular music, standards Perfectly Frank is an Album by Tony Bennett, released in 1992 recorded as a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country Singer-songwriter and Actor. Robert Peter Maximilian Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is anAmerican Singer, Actress and Comedian, also known (as her informal stage name as Dianne Reeves (born 23 October 1956) is an American Jazz singer known more for her live performances than her albums Closing credits, inside a Motion picture or Television program come at the end of a movie or show and list all the cast and crew involved in the production George Timothy Clooney (born May 6 1961 is an Academy Award - and Golden Globe award-winning American actor director, producer, Good Night and Good Luck  is a 2005 film directed by George Clooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov that portrays the conflict between
- A piano rendition of the song is played in the background of a bar scene following the protagonist's wife leaving him in the film Invincible (2006). Invincible is a 2006 Film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976
- In the film Road House (1948), starring Richard Widmark, Ida Lupino and Cornel Wilde, Lupino played a saloon piano player and singer. Road House ( 1948) is a Film noir drama directed by Jean Negulesco, with Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle. Richard Widmark ( December 26, 1914 &ndash March 24, 2008) was an American Actor of Films stage, Ida Lupino (4 February &ndash 3 August) was an English film actress, director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers Cornelius Louis Wilde ( October 13, 1915 &ndash October 16, 1989) was an American Actor and film director The song she sang, or talked, was "One for my baby and one more for the road. "
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