the last time l saw paris


It’s funny how you can hear a familiar song a million times, and miss the point of the song altogether.

The other night I learned that the old standard, “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” was written in 1940 by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern, immediately after the Germans occupied the city in May. 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.

It was sung in the 1941 film Lady Be Good by Ann Sothern, which is the version featured here. Although the song had not been written for the film, it still won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1941.



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