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The Last Time I Saw Paris (song)

 

The Last Time I Saw Paris (song)

"The Last Time I Saw Paris" is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, published in 1940.[1] It was sung in the 1941 film Lady Be Good by Ann Sothern.[1]

By December 1940, six versions of the song were on the charts, with Kate Smith having exclusive radio rights for the song for six weeks. The song catered to a wartime nostalgia for songs about European cities following the Second World War Battle of France (which brought Paris under Nazi control), with "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" also proving popular.[2]

The song had not been written for the film, and Hammerstein said the song was "not written to order". It still won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1941. This was Kern's second Academy Award for Best Original Song (following his success with "The Way You Look Tonight" in 1936), and Hammerstein's first.[1] Kern was so upset at winning with a song that had not been specifically written for a motion picture, and that had been published and recorded before the film was even released, that he petitioned the Motion Picture Academy to change the rules. Since then, a nominated song has to have been written specifically for the motion picture in which it is performed.[3]

The song inspired the title of and figures prominently in the film The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954).

Notable recordings

  • The Four Freshmen - 4 Freshmen and 5 Trombones (1955)
  • Ann Southern, from the film sound track

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