Manhattan SerenadeWords & Music by Harold Adamson & Louis Alter*
Recorded by Jo Stafford, 1943 (?) with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra**
D9 D Bm7sus4 Bm7 Em7 A7 A7sus4 A7 That night in Man - hat - ten was the start of it D9 D Bm7sus4 Bm7 Em7 A7 A7sus4 A7 We lived it, and we loved ev'ry part of it. G/E A7(V) DM7 Bm7 The glow of moonlight in the park, Em7 A A7 D The light that shined our ways, Bm7 F#m The autumn moon that fanned the spark G F7 A7 That set our hearts ablaze. D9 D Bm7sus4 Bm7 Em7 A7 A7sus4 A7 Our kiss was a sky ride through the highest stars -- D9 D Bm7sus4 Bm7 Em7 A7 A7sus4 A7 We made it with - out touching the handlebars. D B7 D E7/6 And I gave you my love through the melody of D F#m Bm7 A7 D The music, the magic that made our Manhattan serenade.
* The music for this song was written in 1928 by Alter; it was used in the 30s as the theme song for the Easy Aces Radio showas an instrumental. The lyric by Adamson was not added until 1942.
**According to allmusic.com this is among Stafford's earliest solos with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. She had been singing with the Pied Pipers since the age of 17; she was the first female voice in the group, and she survived the cut when the group was trimmed to a quartet in 1939. She began a productive solo career in 1944.
Harry James also had a popular version of the song, which reached #9.