All of Me was written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931. Played by all the jazz greats from Louis Armstrong to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, to singers like Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson – I personally love the Ellington-Hodges version – All of Me is simply a lovely song to sing, so I hope you sing along.
Talking of singing along, my Stephen Baum charactor (that’s me) is in the habit of making companion CDs to his novels. Luckily for you and me too, there are only two novels. Each CD is an assortment of songs that are cited or mentioned in the novels. I seem to mention a lot of songs in my novels. This song should have been on the Up in the Bronx and Down in LA CD, because it is referenced in two different scenes. However, I didn’t put it on the CD because I felt that I didn’t sing or play the song well enough (You see, I do have some sense of shame). Still, I continue to try to play this one. Maybank, too, loves the song, and he’s been working on it. Last nite, I think he did a really fine job, so here it is.