I’ve Heard That Song Before

Published 1942
Composer(s) Jule Styne
Lyricist(s) Sammy Cahn

“I’ve Heard That Song Before” is a 1942 popular song with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was introduced by Martha O’Driscoll (dubbed by Margaret Whiting) in the 1942 film Youth on Parade.

It was recorded by Harry James and his Orchestra with Helen Forrest on vocal on July 31, 1942. This was the last day of recording before the Musician Union’s ban. The recording was issued on Columbia 36668 and became a number one hit on both the pop and the Harlem Hit Parade in the USA in early 1943. This version of the song can be heard in Woody Allen’s 1986 movie Hannah and Her Sisters.

Recorded versions

American Patrol
Paul Anka
Joe Battaglia
Louie Bellson
Sathima Bea Benjamin
Big Band All-Stars
Big Band
Pat Boone
Sammy Cahn
King Cole Trio
Bing Crosby
Michael Feinstein
Benny Green
Al Hirt
Dolores Hope
Harry James and his orchestra (vocal: Helen Forrest)
Steve Lawrence
Hal Linden
Vera Lynn
Andrea Marcovicci
Al Martino
Audrey Morris
Frank Sinatra
Freddie Slack
The Spitfire Band