Has anyone heard a little-known and very old version of the song "Pennies from Heaven"?

As I recall, it was sung very, very softly by a man, perhaps unaccompanied. It had all the hisses and scratches of an old recording. I've tried to search for it online but all I come up with are the standard versions (Cosby, Billie, The Street Singer, etc) which are all pretty heavy-handed. This version was so wistful and very lovely.


Thanks for all these suggestions. I've now tracked down the version that I recalled and it's actually Steve Martin singing/speaking the song in the movie by the same name. It's such an odd version but there's something about it that I find really touching.

Now, how can I get an audio clip of Martin, without the lead-in dialogue??

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  • Bix
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Here are the older (pre-1945) and jazz relevant versions of "Pennies From Heaven".

    LOUIS ARMSTRONG WITH BING CROSBY AND FRANCES LANGFORD: Vocal trio, acc. by Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra. Los Angeles, August 17, 1936.

    COUNT BASIE AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Count Basie, p, dir: Buck Clayton, Joe Keyes, Carl Smith, t / George Hunt, Dan Minor, tb / Caughey Roberts, as / Jack Washington, as, bar / Herschel Evans, Lester Young, cl, ts / Claude Williams, g / Walter Page, sb / Joe Jones, d / Jimmy Rushing, v. New York, January 21, 1937.

    Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra (Bob Eberle voc), Los Angeles, August 4, 1936.

    Andre Ekyan Alto saxophone solos, acc. by Django Reinhardt, g. Paris, July 7, 1937.

    Teddy Foster & His Kings Of Swing, London, November 20, 1936.

    Nat Gonella & His Georgians, London, April 21, 1937.

    TEMPO KING AND HIS KINGS OF TEMPO :Marty Marsala, t / Joe Marsala, cl / Queenie Ada Rubin, p / Ray Biondi, g / Mort Stuhlmaker, sb / Stan King, d / Tempo King, v, throughout. New York, New York, December 10, 1936.

    Louis Prima: Louis Prima, t, v / Red Bolmar, t / Julian Laine, tb / Pee Wee Russell, cl / Sal Franzella, Hal Jordy, as / Joe Catalyne, ts / Frank Pinero, p / Garry McAdams, g / Jack Ryan, sb / George Pemberty, d. Chicago, November 16, 1936.

    DUNCAN WHYTE AND HIS ORCHESTRA: Duncan Whyte, t, v / George Chisholm, tb, cel / Jock Myddleton, as / Mickey Deans, ts / Derek Neville, bar / Jack Paines, p / Willie Davison, sb / Len Johnson, d. London, March 23, 1937.

    Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra: Jonah Jones, t / Benny Goodman (as JOHN JACKSON), cl / Ben Webster, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / John Kirby, sb / Cozy Cole, d / Billie Holiday, v. New York, November 19, 1936.


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    I found only one of them on youtube....


    Here it is:


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  • 1 decade ago

    This is from Wikipedia:

    "Pennies from Heaven" is a 1936 American popular song with music by Arthur Johnston and words by Johnny Burke. It was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1936 film of the same name. It was recorded in the same year by Billie Holiday, and afterwards performed by Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Clark Terry, Arthur Tracy, Big Joe Turner, Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Dean Martin, Skrewdriver, Gene Ammons, The Skyliners (a major hit in 1960), Louis Prima, Legion of Mary and many other jazz and popular singers.

    This is what I've found:


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    (doubt it from your description though)


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    (a woman, but just in case)


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    (Sarah Vaughan - just thought I'd include it)


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    Have you searched Amazon?

    edit - HA! I am a HUGE Steve Martin fan, and it's the only thing I didn't think to check based on your description.

    I have no idea what the soundtrack has (talking intro or no), but it is on the soundtrack. The only other problem - no idea if this was ever released on CD. It does not appear that it was. It's only on vinyl on amazon.


  • 1 decade ago

    This isn't the old version you're looking for, but do yourself a favor and check out the version that's on "Falling In Love Again" by Joey DeFrancesco. The lighthearted delivery by singer Joe Doggs is a treat. In fact, the whole disc is fantastic. Great guitar playing by Pat Martino, and, Joey, of course, is Joey at his smokin' Joey best :-)

    Source(s): have the disc
  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Ahhhh, my Pops used to sing that song to us all the time! (among many other songs).

    There is the 1956 version of Dean Martin when he was still a part of "The Rat Pak" (I Loooooooooooooves The Rat Pack music! They were the dudes of all time!

    Anyways, here's one link - there are many YouTube's of Dean Martin singing Pennies from Heaven, so it could be one of his other versions - you'll see when you google it if this isn't the one:


    Source(s): Google-meister
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