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misty.jpgMisty Errol Garner
Erroll Garner's great romantic composition, Misty, has led an enchanted life since he first recorded it in Chicago (July 27, 1954), for Mercury Records. Garner spoke of composing it in his head as he was flying into Chicago for the session. When he hit the keyboard, he recorded this then-untitled composition, in one take, and the way it appears on this album is the way he played it then. This is the Original Misty.

Misty (song)

"Misty" is a jazz standard written in 1954 by the pianist Erroll Garner. Originally composed as an instrumental following the traditional 32 bar format, the tune later had lyrics and became the signature song of Sarah Vaughan. It has been covered numerous times, perhaps most notably by Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis (1959), and also by Ray Stevens (1975) as a country song. It was also used as a theme song for NBC's Today Show for most of the 1960s. Misty was the first song played on the air by disk jockey Domenic A. Conti on his debut into radio in 1958.

Other singers, bands, and titles who have covered this song are as follows:

Ella Fitzgerald | Frank Sinatra | Aretha Franklin | Donny Hathaway | Chris Conner | Hadda Brooks | Jim Bajor | VIP Service | Eric Miller (musician) and his orchestra | Earl Grant | Stephane Grapelli & Diverse | Brian Auger | Dorothy Moore | Ladies only Cafe Springs | Freddie Hubbard | Benny Green | Janis Siegel | McCoy Tyner | Duke Ellington | Ray Stevens | Lloyd Price | Frank Vignola | Etta James (Two covers of Misty) | Bill Tapia | Billy Eckstine | Julie London | Claude Bolling | Joe Pass | Dave Koz | Buddy Merril | Nana Gualdi & das Orchester Rolf Kuhn | The Benny Carter Group | Pharoah Sanders | Errol Garner | Dennis Marcelina & Mark Stefani | Jackie Gleason | Brandon Fields & The Gina Kronstadt Strings Los Angeles (orchestra) | Byard Lancaster | Ben Webster | Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson | Chris Connor | Christy Baron | Richard "Groove" Holmes | Dexter Gordon | Dee Dee Bridgewater | Johnny Mathis | Mark Maxwell | Dianna Reeves | Kenny Rogers | Diahann Carroll | Les Brown & His Band of Renown | Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen | Sally Fletcher | Sarah Vaughan | Dakota Staton | Hank Crawford | J.J Johnson | Oscar Peterson | Bob Brookmeyer | Atlantic Jazz | Ahmad Jamal | Itzhak Perlman & Oscar Peterson| Roy Buchanan with Mundell Lowe | Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet | Wes Montgomery

The song plays a key role in the plot of the movie Play Misty for Me.