Original vocal version of "Spellbound"


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Oldiesmann @ 2019-11-04 03:02:56 UTC

I added the theme from the 1945 film Spellbound tonight, which was composed by Miklós Rózsa. At some point, Mack David added lyrics, and the vocal version was recorded by Mel Torme in 1954. However, I've found instrumental versions as far back as 1946 which credit David on the label. Does anyone have an idea of who did the original vocal version?


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baggish @ 2019-11-05 10:06:20 UTC

Hi Michael, I couldn't find any early vocal versions of this song.… hints that possibly lyrics existed almost from the beginning in the hope of achieving a hit, but I'm wondering if perhaps no-one recorded them? I don't know if the story on that blog page can be confirmed elsewhere (I didn't try).

There is an earlier release of the Coleman Hawkins version:

- recorded January 31 1952 Decca 28311 ( , ,… )

- announced in Billboard August 2 1952

I think "The "Hawk" Talks" is a compilation of previously issued tracks, collected together for an LP release.

Really wild, General!


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Oldiesmann @ 2019-11-06 03:40:59 UTC

Interesting note about the lyrics being there from the beginning. I did find a work in ISWC titled Spellbound which only credits Rosza, but movie/TV music credits in PRO databases are always a bit tricky anyway so it could be that they were referring to some other work from the film. I'll update the Hawkins version in a bit.


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walt @ 2019-11-06 10:20:02 UTC

Interesting note about the lyrics being there from the beginning.

"Mack David" is already mentioned on the earliest instrumental discs, so there's your proof. I've seen the same for Harlem Nocturne and others, so not unusual for that era. And yes, Torme's probably the first vocal.