From the recording Blue Again, but That's Life
"Angel Eyes" is a 1946 popular song composed by Matt Dennis, with lyrics by Earl Brent. It was featured in the 1953 film Jennifer.
This song is a story of a man going from bar to bar, looking for his wife, knowing of her infidelities. Feeling his marriage is a joke, but still in love, he offers the people at each bar a drink because the laugh's on him, then excuses himself to continue his search for his number one gal.
Because of its colorful harmonic changes, "Angel Eyes" is a very popular jazz standard which has inspired many original interpretations. Several performers have recorded different versions of the song and some use the same arrangement with their unique voice.
First edition by Dorsey Bros Music a division of Music Sales Corp (ASCAP) 1946.
Recordings include Bill Henderson, Chet Baker, Don Ellis, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Sonny Stitt, Neil Sedaka, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Pearson, Hank Crawford, Earl Grant, Jim Hall, James Anthony, Wayne Shorter, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Charles Neville, Oscar Peterson, Sting and Duke Ellington.
Ella Fitzgerald, who recorded "Angel Eyes" at least four times, named it as her all-time favorite song.