Erroll Garner plays Misty

Erroll Garner trio plays Misty in the old BRT studio in Brussels, Belgium.

Who originally sang the song Misty? Pianist Erroll Garner “Misty” is a jazz standard written in 1954 by pianist Erroll Garner. He composed it as an instrumental in the traditional 32-bar format and recorded it for the album Contrasts (1955)

In 1954 the Erroll Garner Trio introduced the instrumental “Misty.” A year later Johnny Burke penned the lyrics, creating the song we know today. “Misty” remained relatively unknown until Johnny Mathis popularized the vocal version with his million-selling recording in 1959. Versions of “Misty” to make the pop charts include

Error Garner Trio (1954, instrumental, #30)
Johnny Mathis(1959, #12)
Lloyd Price (1963, #21)
Ray Stevens (1975, #14)

Lyrics

Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I’m clinging to a cloud, I can’t understand
I get misty, just holding your hand
Walk my way, and a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello, that music I hear
I get misty, the moment you’re near
You can say that you’re leading me on
Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost
That’s why I’m following you
On my own, would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left, my hat from my glove
I’m too misty, and too much in love
I’m too misty, and too much in love

Source: MusixmatchSongwriters: Erroll GarnerMisty lyrics © Octave-music Publishing Corp.

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