Burke, Black Coffee (S/AATB)


‘Black Coffee’ was written by Sonny Burke, the lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was published in 1948. Sarah Vaughan charted with this song in 1949 on Columbia. Peggy Lee first released her version in 1953. It was included in the soundtrack for the 1960 Columbia Pictures feature ‘Let No Man Write My Epitaph’, recorded on Verve by Ella Fitzgerald, also in 1960. The version by Ella Fitzgerald was a favourite song of Polish Nobel Prize laureate Wisława Szymborska who chose it as the song to be performed at her funeral.

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