Friday, January 30, 2009

At Last: Then And Now

Many think the ultimate or original version of At Last is by Etta James. It was written, however, for the 1941 film Orchestra Wives, featuring the Glenn Miller band, by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon. Warren was one of our most prolific and underrated songwriters. He was born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna in Brooklyn, New York in 1893. Sol Bellel would often sing this at weddings and bar mitzvahs. Is Obama smooth or what?
At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In truth, AT LAST was written for the 1941 film SUN VALLEY SERENADE,
recorded, filmed and deleted from the final release print.

In 1942, it was re-arranged and re-recorded and used in the film

Both films featured the Glenn Miller orchestra.