So first all I want to clear something up. The “All of Me” that I am referring to is NOT the John Legend song-not that there is anything wrong with it- but rather the jazz standard of the same name.
I first discovered the Ella Fitzgerald version of this song, which has become my favorite, but it is been recorded by several individuals including but not limited to Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dean Martin.
I am best acquainted with the Fitzgerald and Holiday versions, which are both very beautiful. Fitzgerald’s cover of the song is more upbeat, complete with her renowned scatting and the utilization of her large vocal range in an effort to accurately express the lyrics.
Holiday’s version on the other hand, is more somber and conveys a sense of intense longing. Though her range is not as extensive as Fitzgerald’s in the song, Holiday’s cover is not to be underestimated. It is a remarkable example of her unique vocal technique that has inspired me- and several others-profoundly.
Can you hear the difference?
Both beautiful, but very different.
Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons wrote the song, which proved to be their most famous and successful work. It was written in 1931 and first recorded by Ruth Etting, whose version is more akin to that of Billie Holiday’s.
The song is truly extraordinary and I recommend it highly!