Vinyl Recordings - Decca Records

The Early Years with Benny Goodman (1941-1943)

The First Capitol Records Period (1944-1952)

The Decca Records Period (1952-1957)

The Second Capitol Records Period, Part 1 (1957-1963)

The Second Capitol Records Period, Part 2 (1964-1972)

The Post-Capitol Recordings (1974-1988)

The Transcription Recordings (late-1940s, early-1950s)

The Decca Records Period (1952-1957)

    Decca single #28142, 5/5/52
    Be Anything (But Be Mine) - Irving Gordon, rec. 4/3/52
    Forgive Me - Milton Ager / Jack Yellen, rec. 4/3/52

    Decca single #28215, 6/2/52
    Lover - Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart, rec. 5/1/52
    You Go to My Head - J. Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie, rec. 4/3/52

    Decca single #28238, 6/16/52
    Watermelon Weather (w/ Bing Crosby) - Hoagy Carmichael / Paul Francis Webster, rec. 5/16/52
    The Moon Came Up with a Great Idea Last Night (w/ Bing Crosby) - Burke / Van Heusen, rec. 5/16/52

    Decca single #28313, 7/28/52
    Just One of Those Things - Cole Porter, rec. 4/28/52
    I'm Glad There Is You (In this World of Ordinary People) - Paul Madeira / Jimmy Dorsey, rec. 4/3/52

    Decca single #28395, 10/6/52
    River, River - Ben Oakland / Paul Russell, rec. 7/31/52
    Sans Souci - Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke, rec. 7/31/52

    Decca single #28463, 12/52
    Little Jack Frost, Get Lost (w/ Bing Crosby) - Stillman / Pollack / Ellis
    [Sleigh Ride (Bing Crosby solo)]

    Decca single #28514, 1/5/53
    Merry Go Runaround (w/ Bing Crosby and Bob Hope) - Burke / Van Heusen, rec. 6/24/52
    Moon Flowers - Burke / Van Heusen, rec. 6/20/52

    Decca single #28515, 1/5/53
    Moon Flowers - Burke / Van Heusen, rec. 6/20/52
    [To See You (Bing Crosby solo)]

    Decca single #28565, 1/26/53
    This Is a Very Special Day - Peggy Lee, rec. 12/16/52
    I Hear the Music Now - Sammy Fain / Jerry Seelen, rec. 12/16/52

    Decca single #28631, 4/6/53
    Who's Gonna Pay the Check? - Peggy Lee, rec. 2/18/53
    You Let My Love Get Cold - Jessie Mae Robinson, rec. 2/18/53

    Decca single #28737, 6/15/53
    My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Cole Porter, rec. 5/1/53
    I've Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter, rec. 4/30/53

    Black Coffee (10-inch version)
    Decca (5482), 8/3/53
    Black Coffee (Paul Francis Webster / Sonny Burke, rec. 5/4/53) / I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter, rec. 4/30/53) / Easy Living (Leo Robin / Ralph Rainger, rec. 5/1/53) / My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Cole Porter, rec. 5/1/53) / A Woman Alone with the Blues (rec. 5/1/53) / I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart, rec. 4/30/53) / When the World Was Young (Johnny Mercer / M.Philippe / Gerard, rec. 5/4/53)

    Decca single #28889, 10/12/53
    Apples, Peaches and Cherries - Lewis Allan, rec. 9/14/53
    The Night Holds No Fear - rec. 9/14/53

    Decca single #28890, 11/2/53
    Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Robert Wright / George Forrest, rec. 9/16/53
    Love You So - rec. 9/14/53

    Decca single #28939, 1953
    Ring Those Christmas Bells - Marvin Fisher / Gus Levine, rec. 9/16/53
    It's Christmas Time Again - rec. 9/16/53

    Decca single #29003, 1/18/54
    Where Can I Go Without You? - Peggy Lee / Victor Young, rec. 2/13/53
    Go Where You Go - Al Frisch / Ralph Care, rec. 7/21/52

    Decca single #29076, 3/29/54
    Johnny Guitar - Peggy Lee / Victor Young, rec. 3/1/54
    Autumn in Rome - Sammy Cahn / Paul Weston, rec. 3/1/54

    Decca single #29164, 6/14/54
    Summer Vacation - rec. 2/18/53
    That's What a Woman Is For - Rube Bloom / Sammy Cahn, rec. 9/16/53

    Songs in an Intimate Style
    Decca (5539), 8/9/54
    Apples, Peaches and Cherries (Lewis Allan, rec. 9/14/53) / Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Robert Wright / George Forrest, rc. 9/16/53) / How Strange (Peggy Lee / Victor Young, rec. 2/13/53) / Love You So (Bill Walker, rec. 9/14/53) / The Tavern (Bernice Gooden, rec. 9/14/53) / That's Him Over There (Marilyn Keith / Lew Spence, rec. 11/28/52) / That's What a Woman Is For (Rube Bloom / Sammy Cahn, rec. 9/16/53) / Where Can I Go Without You? (Peggy Lee / Victor Young, rec. 2/13/53)

    Decca single #29250, 9/6/54
    Sisters - Irving Berlin, rec. 5/24/54
    Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me - Irving Berlin, rec. 5/24/54

    Selections from Irving Berlin's White Christmas
    Decca (8083), 10/18/54
    Sisters (rec. 5/24/54) / Snow (w/ Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Trudy Stevens, rec. 4/10/54) / Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me (rec. 5/24/54) / White Christmas (w/ cast, rec. 4/10/54) -- all songs by Irving Berlin

    Decca single #29342, 11/22/54
    White Christmas (w/ Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Trudy Stevens) - Irving Berlin, rec. 4/10/54
    Snow (w/ Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Trudy Stevens) - Irving Berlin, rec. 4/10/54

    Decca single #29359, 12/13/54
    It Must Be So (w/ The Mills Brothers) - Peggy Lee, rec. 11/9/54
    Straight Ahead (w/ The Mills Brothers) - Peggy Lee, rec. 11/9/54

    Decca single #29373, 12/6/54
    Let Me Go, Lover! - Jenny Lou Carson / Al Hill - rec. 11/18/54
    Bouquet of Blues - Arthur Hamilton, rec. 5/26/54

    Decca single #29427, 2/55
    The Siamese Cat Song - Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke, rec. 2/11/55
    He's a Tramp - Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke, rec. 2/11/55

    Decca single #29429, 2/21/55
    I Belong to You - Alex North / Jack Brooks, rec. 1/19/55
    How Bitter, My Sweet - Sonny Burke / Don George, rec. 11/19/54

    Lady and the Tramp
    Decca (5557), 3/14/55
    Bella Notte (rec. 12/6/54) / He's a Tramp (rec. 12/20/54) / La-la-lu (rec. 12/6/54) / Peace on Earth (rec. 12/6/54) / The Siamese Cat Song (rec. 12/20/54) -- all songs by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour

    Decca single #29460, 3/21/55
    Bella Notte - Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke - rec. 12/6/54
    La La Lu - Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke - rec. 12/6/54

    Decca single #29534, 6/6/55
    Oh! No! (Please Don't Go) - Lucky Thompson / Gene Wilson, rec. 2/11/55
    Ooh, That Kiss - Harry Warren / Mort Dixon / Joe Young, rec. 2/11/55

    Decca single #29605, 7/25/55
    Sing a Rainbow - Arthur Hamilton, rec. 5/10/55
    He Needs Me - Arthur Hamilton, rec. 5/10/55

    Decca single #29608, 7/25/55
    Sugar - M. Pinkard / S. Mitchell / E. Alexander, rec. 5/6/55
    What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? - Walter Donaldson / Abe Lyman, rec. 5/6/55

    Songs from Pete Kelly's Blues
    Decca (8166), 7/25/55 -- all songs recorded 5/6/55 (*) or 5/10/55 (**)
    Oh, Didn't He Ramble (Traditional, *) / I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now (B. Davis / J. Greer, *) / Somebody Loves Me (George Gershwin / B.G. DeSylva / Ballard MacDonald, *) / Sugar (M. Pinkard / S. Mitchell / E. Alexander, *) / Bye-bye, Blackbird (M. Dion / R. Henderson, **) / He Needs Me (Arthur Hamilton, **) / I Never Knew (Gus Kahn, Ted Fiorito, **) / What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry? (Walter Donaldson / Abe Lyman, *) / Sing a Rainbow (Arthur Hamilton, **) (...plus songs performed by Ella Fitzgerald)

    Decca single #29681, 10/17/55
    Me - Irving Berlin, rec. 6/3/55
    Pablo Pasablo - rec, 6/3/55

    Decca single #29834, 2/13/56
    Mr. Wonderful - J. Bock / L. Holofcener / G. Weiss, rec. 1/16/56
    Crazy in the Heart - Alec Wilder / B. Envick, recc. 1/16/56

    Decca single #29837, 3/12/56
    You've Got to See Mamma Every Night - Con Conrad / Billy Rose, rec. 1/16/56
    The Come Back - L. C. Fraser, rec. 1/16/56

    Decca single #29877, 4/9/56
    Joey, Joey, Joey - Frank Loesser, rec. 1/16/56
    They Can't Take That Away from Me - George and Ira Gershwin, rec. 1/16/56

    Decca single #29994, 7/16/56
    That's Alright, Honey - C. Singleton / R. McCoy, rec. 6/8/56
    We Laughed at Love - S. Messenheimer / C. Bourne, rec. 6/8/56

    Black Coffee (12-inch version)
    Decca (8358), 8/13/56
    Black Coffee (Paul Francis Webster / Sonny Burke, rec. 5/4/53) / I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter, rec. 4/30/53) / Easy Living (Leo Robin / Ralph Rainger, rec. 5/1/53) / My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Cole Porter, rec. 5/1/53) / It Ain't Necessarily So (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / DuBose Heyward, rec. 4/3/56) / Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You? (Don Redman / Andy Razaf, rec. 4/3/56) / A Woman Alone with the Blues (rec. 5/1/53) / I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart, rec. 4/30/53) / When the World Was Young (Johnny Mercer / M.Philippe / Gerard, rec. 5/4/53) / Love Me or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn) / You're My Thrill (Jay Gorney / Sidney Clare, rec. 4/3/56) / There's a Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart, rec. 4/3/56)

    Decca single #30059, 10/5/56
    I Don't Know Enough About You - Peggy Lee / Dave Barbour, rec. 1/16/56
    You Oughtta Be Mine - Curtis R. Lewis, rec. 6/8/56

    Dream Street
    Decca (8411), 1/14/57 -- all songs recorded 6/5/56 (*) or 6/7/56 (**)
    Street of Dreams (Sam Lewis / Victor Young, **)/ What's New? (Bob Haggart / Johnny Burke, *) / You're Blasι (Ord Hamilton / Bruce Sievier, *) / It's All Right with Me (Cole Porter, *) / My Old Flame (Sam Coslow / Arthur Johnston, **) / Dancing on the Ceiling (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart, **) / It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart, *) / Too Late Now (Burton Lane / Alan Jay Lerner, **) / I've Grown Accustomed to His Face (Frederick Loewe / Alan Jay Lerner, **) / Something I Dreamed Last Night (Sammy Fain / Jack Yellen / Herb Magdison, *) / Last Night When We Were Young (Harold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg, *) / So Blue (DeSylva / Brown / Henderson, based on theme by Helen Crawford, *)

    Decca single #30117, 1/14/57
    Where Flamingos Fly - Courlander / Thea / Brooks, rec. 6/8/56
    The Gypsy with Fire in His Shoes - Peggy Lee / Laurindo Almeida, rec. 5/26/54

    Songs from Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp
    Decca (8462), 4/22/57
    Bella Notte (rec. 12/6/54) / He's a Tramp (rec. 12/20/54) / Jim Dear (rec. 12/20/56) / La-la-lu (rec. 12/6/54) / Old Trusty (rec. 12/20/56) / Peace on Earth (rec. 12/6/54) / The Siamese Cat Song (12/20/54) / Singing (1/10/57) / That Fellow's a Friend of Man (1/10/57) / What Is a Baby? (12/6/54) -- all songs by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke

    Sea Shells
    Decca (8591), 6/19/58 -- all songs recorded 2/7/55 (*) or 3/31/55 (**)
    Sea Fever (*) / Nine Thorny Thickets (J. Mercer / R. Humphries, **) / Little Old Car (H. Beau / Peggy Lee, *) / Chinese Love Poems: The Fisherman, Autumn Evening (*) / The White Brick and the Sycamore (Peggy Lee / Willard Robinson / Hubie Wheeler, **) / Of Such Is the Kingdom of God (E. Holmes / I. Glenn, **) / A Brown Bird Singing (H. Wood / R. Barrie, *) / I Don't Want to Play In Your Yard (H.W. Petrie / P. Wingate, *) / The Wearing of the Green (**) / Chinese Love Poems: Going Rowing, Like the Moon, The Musicians (*) / The Riddle Song (*) / The Gold Wedding Ring (Peggy Lee / Harry Sukman, *) (Plus four harp solos by Stella Castellucci: Greensleeves / The Happy Monks / The Maid with the Flaxen Hair / Chaconde)

    Decca single #30494, 6/30/58
    Never Mind - George Weiss / Jerry Bock
    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong - Milton DeLugg / Allan Roberts, rec. 6/8/56

    Miss Wonderful
    Decca (8816), 1959 -- all songs recorded 1/16/56 (*) or 6/8/56 (**)
    Mister Wonderful (Jerry Bock / Larry Holofcener / George Weiss, *) / They Can't Take That Away from Me (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin, *) / Where Flamingos Fly (Harold Courlander / El Thea / John Benson Brooks, **) / You've Got to See Mamma Every Night (Con Conrad / Billy Rose, rec. *) / The Come Back (L. C. Fraser, rec. *) / Take a Little Time to Smile (Peggy Lee / Dave Barbour, **) / I Don't Know Enough About You (Peggy Lee / Dave Barbour, *) / Joey, Joey, Joey (Frank Loesser, *) / Crazy in the Heart (Alec Wilder / Bill Engvick, *) / You Oughtta Be Mine (Curtis Lewis, **) / We Laughed at Love (S. Messenheimer / C. Bourne, **) / That's Alright, Honey (C. Singleton / R.M. McCoy, **)

    Decca single #30879, 4/20/59
    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Traditional, rec. 1/16/56
    It Ain't Necessarily So - Gershwin / Gershwin / Heyward, rec. 4/3/56

    "Unreleased" Decca recordings (though some were released in the UK, and some have since surfaced on vinyl or CD)
    • It's Because We're in Love (rec. 5/24/54)
    • Love Letters (Victor Young / Edward Heyman, rec. 5/26/54)
    • The Legend of the Well (rec. 2/7/55)
    • Mr. Magoo Does the Cha-cha-cha (Peggy Lee / Gene DiNovi, rec. 6/3/55, released in UK on Brunswick single 05549?)
    • Three Cheers for Mr. Magoo (rec. 6/3/55, released in UK on Brunswick single 05549?)
    • The Possibility's There (w/ Bing Crosby) (James Van Heusen / Johnny Burke, rec. 11/22/55, released in UK)
    • Guess I'll Go Back Home (This Summer) (Ray Mayer / Willard Robison, rec. 4/3/56)
    • I Still Get a Thrill (Thinking of You) (Benny Davis / J. Fred Coots, rec. 6/7/56)
    • Singing (rec. 12/20/56)

    Decca Vinyl Reissues

    The Best of Peggy Lee
    MCA/Decca (4024 and 4025 - 1960; 7164 - 1966 as 2-record set)
    Lover (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) / Apples, Peaches and Cherries (Lewis Allen) / That's What a Woman Is For (Rube Bloom / Sammy Cahn) / I Don't Know Enough About You (Peggy Lee / Dave Barbour) / Where Can I Go Without You? (Peggy Lee / Victor Young) / Ooh, That Kiss (Harry Warren / Mort Dixon / Joe Young) / Mr. Wonderful (Jerry Bock / Larry Holofcener / George Weiss) / Love Me or Leave Me (Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn) / How Bitter, My Sweet (Sonny Burke / Don George) / Black Coffee (Paul Francis Webster / Sonny Burke) / They Can't Take That Away from Me (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin) / The Siamese Cat Song (Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke) / Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Robert Wright / George Forrest) / I'm Glad There Is You (Paul Madeira / Jimmy Dorsey) / It's All Right with Me (Cole Porter) / Guess I'll Go Back Home (This Summer) (Ray Mayer / Willard Robison) / Never Mind (George Weiss / Jerry Bock) / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (Traditional, arr. Peggy Lee / Dave Barbour) / Sans Souci (Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke) / Love Letters (Victor Young / Eddie Heyman) / He Needs Me (Arthur Hamilton) / My Heart Belongs to Daddy (Cole Porter) / I Never Knew (Ted Fiorito / Gus Kahn) / You Let My Love Grow Cold (Jessie Mae Robinson)

    Lover
    Decca (74458), 1/20/64
    Lover (Richard Rodgers) / Forgive Me (Milton Ager / Jack Yellen) / I Hear the Music Now (Sammy Fain / Jerry Seelen) / You Go to My Head (J. Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie) / That's Him Over There (Marilyn Keith / Lew Spence) / River, River (Ben Oakland / Bob Russell) / I'm Glad There Is You (Paul Madeira / Jimmy Dorsey) / Sans Souci (Peggy Lee / Sonny Burke) / Be Anything (But Be Mine) (Irving Gordon) / Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) / Go Where You Go (Al Frisch / Ralph Care) / This Is a Very Special Day (Peggy Lee)

    The Fabulous Peggy Lee
    Decca (4461), 1964
    You Let My Love Get Cold (Jessie Mae Robinson) / Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me (Irving Berlin) / Oh! No! Please Don't Go (Lucky Thompson / Gene Wilson) / The Tavern (Bernice Gooden) / Wrong, Wrong, Wrong (Milton DeLugg / Allan Roberts) / The Gypsy with Fire in His Shoes (Peggy Lee / Laurindo Almeida) / Do I Love You? (Cole Porter) / Wrong, Joe (Moose Charlap / Bob Hilliard) / Me (Irving Berlin) / Johnny Guitar (Peggy Lee / Victor Young ) / I Belong to You (Alex North / Jack Brooks) / Autumn in Rome (Sammy Cahn / Paul Weston)

    So Blue
    MCA/Decca/Vocalion (3776)
    Street of Dreams (Sam Lewis / Victor Young) / You're Blase (Ord Hamilton / Bruce Sievier) / Last Night When We Were Young (Harold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg) / It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) / Something I Dreamed Last Night (Sammy Fain / Jack Yellen / Herb Magdison) / My Old Flame (Sam Coslow / Arthur Johnston) / I've Grown Accustomed to His Face (Frederick Loewe / Alan Jay Lerner) / Too Late Now (Burton Lane / Alan Jay Lerner) / The Night Holds No Fear for the Lover / So Blue (DeSylva / Brown / Henderson)

    Crazy in the Heart, 3/2/70
    MCA/Decca/Vocalion (73903)
    I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) / Joey, Joey, Joey (Frank Loesser) / Easy Living (Leo Robin / Ralph Rainger) / I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) / Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You? (Don Redman / Andy Razaf) / When the World Was Young (Johnny Mercer / M. Philippe / Gerard) / There's a Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) / You're My Thrill (Jay Gorney / Sidney Clare) / Where Flamingos Fly (Harold Courlander / El Thea / John Benson Brooks) / Crazy in the Heart (Alec Wilder / Bill Engvick)