Jerome Kern

They Didn't Believe Me, song (from the musical play by S. Jones "The Girl From Utah")

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This was one of five songs on which Jerome Kern collaborated with lyricist Herbert Reynolds for the Broadway musical The Girl from Utah. The two were engaged to enliven the musical's British score, which was hampered by a weak opening act. Kern and Reynolds scored a great triumph with the duet "y Didn't Believe Me," which became the show's biggest hit and Kern's watershed effort in American musical theater. The song remained popular throughout the twentieth century, receiving performances in several films, Dinah Shore singing it in the Jerome Kern biography (1946) and Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson doing it in That Midnight Kiss (1949).

    The song opens with a short-breathed, jaunty tune that repeats in slightly varied guises until it yields to the main theme, which comes in the refrain ("And when I told them how beautiful you are..."). It, too, has a jaunty manner, but its melodic flesh is fuller and more distinctive, incorporating elements from the opening theme and expanding the emotional range to include a sense of playful romance. The song's imaginative text portrays the man entranced by the woman's beauty and woman equally beguiled by his charm.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Guild Light Music GLCD 5229
    2015 Acrobat ACQCD 7091
    2014 Andromeda ANDRCD 9121
    2013 Masterworks 374163
    2006 Rhino 8122733632
    2004 BMG / Commercial Canada 82876637082
    2003 ASV/Living Era / Living Era CDAJA 5485
    2002 LML Music 202
    2002 Allegiance Records / IMC (Netherlands) 90374
    2001 Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Entertainment / Prism Leisure PLATBX 2209
    2001 RCA Victor 63751
    2001 Gretel Bailey / Gretel Bailey Records 6001
    2000 Gala Records 311
    2000 HG Records / Movieplay Music 16
    1999 Dutton Laboratories / Dutton Vocalion 7039
    1997 Prism Entertainment 148
    1997 Delos 3224
    1996 Avid 519
    1994 Memoir Classics 509
    1993 Polyphonic QPRZ 009D
    1992 Dorian Discovery / Dorian DIS-80107
    1989 Reader's Digest Music 245
    1987 Compose Records 9001
    RCA 60516
    Disky 996552
    Elba Records 5005
    Reference Recordings 28
    Manu Music Productions 1425
    Musketeer Records 9506