Ann Ronell is a bit of a mystery woman to music fans. Although she evidently wrote a lot of music for television and films, including cues as well, only one of her pieces became very widely known to the public. But it is a blockbuster, the melancholy ballad "Willow Weep for Me," which also has her lyrics. This bittersweet song has had widespread appeal since it was first published some time in the 1940s. The song has appealed to musicians in many different fields, as it has been recorded by Frank Sinatra, the Ames Brothers, Chad & Jeremy, Lawrence Welk, Ferrante & Teicher, and even Rupert Holmes. But this work's greatest champions have come from the world of jazz, as it has been elevated to the status of a timeless standard. Jazz singers who embraced this landmark work include Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Dakota Staton. Numerous jazz instrumentalists have recorded "Willow Weep for Me;" among them are Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Marian McPartland and Bud Powell. Phil Woods has come up with one of the more unusual interpretations by interpolating Miles Davis' "All Blues" as a vamp underneath its theme. But the song's foremost interpreter is Art Tatum, who recorded it on six different occasions prior to his death in 1956; it is difficult to match his tour de force performance during a 1949 concert, heard on his well-named album Piano Starts Here.