Star DustWords & Music by Mitchell Parish & Hoagy Carmichael, 1929
Recorded by Nat "King" Cole, 1943
Featured in the 1993 movie "Sleepless In Seattle"
G9 G G+7 G C9 And now the purple dusk of twilight time B7 E E-9 E E7 Steals across the meadows of my heart. Am Cm G G/F# Em High up in the sky the little stars climb, F# F#7 D Fdim D7 Always reminding me that we're a - part. G9 G G+7 G C9 You wandered down the lane and far away. B7 E E-9 E E7 Leaving me a song that will not die. Am Cm G G/F# Em Love is now the stardust of yes-ter-day, D7 Gdim Am7 Cdim G Cm G The music of the years gone by. Melody: G+7 G G9 CM7 C Am C F Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely night F7 G G/F# Em Bm7-5 E7 Dreaming of a song. The mel-o-dy haunts my reverie, Am7 E7 Fdim Am7 Fdim Am And I am once again with you. D Fdim D7 D+ G6 D+ G6 When our love was new, and each kiss an in-spi-ra-tion, A9 G A7 G But that was long ago; now my consolation D7 Am7 C D7 D+ Is in the stardust of a song. CM7 C Am C F7 Beside a garden wall when stars are bright, Fm7/9 G G/F# Em Bm7-5 E7 You are in my arms; the nightingale tells his fairy tale Am7 E7 Fdim Am7 Fdim Am Of par-a-dise where ro-ses grew. D A7 D7 G G/F# Em B+ F#7 B7 Though I dream in vain, in my heart it will re-main: C C/B E7 Am7 My stardust mel-o-dy D7 Cdim Cdim(IV) G Am7 alt Cm G6 the memory of love's re - frain.
I have seen this song referred to as the best song ever written and given Cole's rendering of this song, there is no way I would disagree with that assessment -- and I simply cannot believe that it ranked no higher than #79 in its 1957 release, but I can't find proof to the contrary. The song was recorded constantly over the years, and with great success, but a huge number of performers, including:
- Artist: Nat King Cole
- peak Billboard position #79 in 1957
- originally written as "Star Dust" in 1927
- charted in 1930 by Irving Mills (#20)
- charted in 1931 by Isham Jones (#1), Bing Crosby (#5), Louis Armstrong (#16), Wayne King (#17), and Lee Sims (#20).
- charted in 1935 by Jimmie Lunceford (#10).
- charted in 1936 by Benny Goodman (#2) and Tommy Dorsey (#8).
- charted in 1939 by Sammy Kaye (#16).
- charted in 1941 by Artie Shaw (#2), Tommy Dorsey (#7), and Glenn Miller (#20).
- charted in 1943 by Baron Elliot (#18) and Tommy Dorsey (#23).
- charted in 1957 by Billy Ward and His Dominoes featuring Jackie Wilson (#12).
- charted in 1962 by Frank Sinatra (#98)
- charted in 1964 by Nino Temple and April Stevens (#32).
(Historical information from Lyrics World)