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There Will Never Be Another You (1942)

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“Trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker’s vocal rendition from 1954 helped bring the number into a wider sphere than just jazz fans.”

- Chris Tyle

Rank 43
Music Harry Warren
Lyrics Mack Gordon

“There Will Never Be Another You” was one of the bright spots in Twentieth Century-Fox’s 1942 film Iceland. John Payne serenaded costar Sonja Henie with the song, and Joan Merrill sang it backed by Sammy Kay and His Orchestra.


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A modest hit at the time, “There Will Never Be Another You” appeared on the pop charts by:

  • Woody Herman and His Orchestra (1942, #23)
  • Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra (1943, Nancy Norman, vocal, #20)
  • Chris Montez (1966, #33)

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Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954

With the production of Iceland, Twentieth Century-Fox was hoping to repeat the success of Sun Valley Serenade. Although the film company employed the same director, H. Bruce Humberstone, and cast the same leads, Sonja Henie and John Payne, the lavish production did not measure up to its predecessor. The film was even described as a “Wheezy old bore” by Clive Hirschhorn, author of Hollywood Musicals. Audiences, too, were indifferent, apparently not enamored of the lightweight plot revolving around a marine and a Reykjavik girl. On the positive side, the skating sequences are some of Henie’s best and the musical score, although uneven, had its own captivating moments, including “There Will Never Be Another You,” “You Can’t Say No To A Soldier” and “It’s a Lover’s Knot.”


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Allen Forte
Listening to Classic American Popular Songs
Yale University Press; Book & CD edition
Hardcover: 219 pages

(In six pages the author covers the history of the song, analyzes both the music and lyric, and includes the song lyric. The book also has a companion CD.)
See the Reading and Research links on this page for additional references.

- Jeremy Wilson

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