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There Is No Greater Love (1936)

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“Vibraphonist Stefon Harris delivers an exciting rendition ... the song was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.”

- Ben Maycock

AKAThere's No Greater Love
AKANo Greater Love
Rank 52
Music Isham Jones
Lyrics Marty Symes

In 1936 Isham Jones and His Orchestra introduced “There Is No Greater Love” as the B-side to their recording “Life Begins When You’re in Love” from the film, The Music Goes ‘Round. Both sides featured Woody Herman vocals and were modest hits, appearing on the pop charts in April of 1936 for one week and rising to number 20.


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Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954

Beginning in 1920, Isham Jones and His Orchestra had produced over seventy hit songs, including eight number one recordings, many of which Jones composed. “There Is No Greater Love” was their last hit before the bandleader changed the band’s name to Isham Jones’ Juniors that same year. Within months of the name change, Jones decided to take time off for composing, turning over the band’s leadership to saxophonist, clarinetist, and vocalist Woody Herman. This would be the beginning of Herman’s career as a bandleader, one that would last for the next fifty years. Jones subsequently returned to band leading but recorded only two more hit songs. “There Is No Greater Love” would also be the last of several major hits for lyricist Marty Symes.


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George T. Simon
Big Bands Songbook
Barnes & Noble

(Simon devotes four pages to anecdotes, the artists who have performed the song, and biographical notes on the songwriter. He also includes the sheet music.)

- Jeremy Wilson

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- Ben Maycock

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