Song: Harlem Nocturne

Written by Earle Hagen, James McHugh

Trombonist/arranger/composer Earle Hagen wrote HARLEM NOCTURNE in 1940 and had to wait thirteen years before it became a hit (thanks to saxman Herbie Fields in 1953). Seven years later The Viscounts, an instrumental quintet from New Jersey, enjoyed mild success with their 1960 recording of the sultry, seductive blues instrumental. Was The Viscounts` single ahead of it's time? It must have been, because when Amy Records re-issued the track in 1965 it became an even bigger seller then. The song was also used as the theme of Mike Hammer, a popular CBS TV series.

Recordings of this song:

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recording details  American Patrol Orchestra save license this
recording details  Bill Black's Combo save license this
recording details  Earl Bostic save license this
recording details  Cafe Brasso save license this
recording details  King Curtis save license this
recording details  Hilario Duran save license this
recording details  Terry Edwards save license this
recording details  Esquivel save license this
recording details  Herbie Fields save license this
recording details  Bobby Fluire save license this
recording details  Danny Gatton save license this
recording details  Max Greger save license this
recording details  Illinois Jacquet save license this
recording details  Denise Jannah save license this
recording details  Quincy Jones save license this
recording details  Spike Jones' New Band save license this
recording details  Bill Justis save license this
recording details  Michael Lington save license this
recording details  The Lounge Lizards save license this
recording details  Hidehiko Matsumoto save license this
recording details  George Nardello save license this
recording details  The New York Ska - Jazz Ensemble save license this
recording details  Ray Noble & His American Orchestra save license this
recording details  Johnny Otis save license this
recording details  PJ Perry save license this
recording details  Tito Puente & His Latin Ensemble save license this
recording details  Rebecca Richardson save license this
recording details  David Sanborn save license this
recording details  Mel Torme save license this
recording details  The Viscounts save license this