I came upon these very beautiful versions of the jazz standard (I would presume it is) ‘It’s Been a Long, Long Time’, recorded by Harry James (a man):

  • Track 1 on the collection It’s Been a Long, Long Time by Harry James, The Swing Big Band, Jazz Swing Music.
  • Track 2 on the collection Swing Era Plus No. 3 – CD016

The song is sung by a woman, so it is obviously not him; as far as I can tell, he is a trumpeter (not a cornetist). Clicking on ‘Song Information’ in Tidal can’t be done; nothing happens, so I assume there is no more information to be found. Trying to search for the tune to identify it, seems hopeless, as it has been recorded by such an immense amount of musicians. I am not well versed in the world of jazz, so I have no idea where to even begin to search to identify these voices, so any help from this knowledgeable community would be greatly appreciated.


There are multiple listings for that song in Discogs.Com and credit a singer names Kitty Kallen as the vocalist (on all three versions, but you have to look at the image of the disc to find that)


Lovely song, glad you posted the question!

  • I believe you may be correct that this is the second version I linked to. Thank you for you kind reply, by the way. Oh, and as a sidenote, there is a better mastering of the recording with Kitty Kallen on The Kitty Kallen Collection 1939–62. – Canned Man Jan 31 at 12:00

By virtue of my father’s immense knowledge of jazz, I believe I have an answer myself for the first one; it was done with Helen Forrest, who – according to him – was one of the best singers Harry James used. Further, she was also in Artie Shaw’s band. I did in fact come upon the same version of the song (with his help) on the album 101 – The Ultimate Harry James Collection.

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