Autumn leaves

A haunting, beautiful and moving rendition of Autumn leaves by Patricia Barber.

Intro in English, then French, then return to English.

The much performed Autumn leaves, Les feuilles mortes (literally The Dead Leaves) (1945), was co-written by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma with lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert. Yves Montand (with Irène Joachim) introduced Les feuilles mortes in the French film Les Portes de la nuit (1946). American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947. French singer Edith Piaf sang both French and English versions. The film Autumn Leaves (1956) starring Joan Crawford featured the song, as sung by Nat King Cole. Frank Sinatra included Autumn leaves on his album Where Are You? (1956).

I had never heard of Patricia Barber, until I popped into Ben’s Record Fair and picked up a copy of The Cole Porter Mix.

Someone worth seeing live.

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