Story Behind The Song

"Yesterdays" is a 1933 song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Otto Harbach. It was written for the show Roberta (1933), where it was introduced by Fay Templeton. The song was soon picked up by jazz musicians and has since gone on to become one of the top jazz standards.

Song Description

"Yesterdays" is best known as sung by Billie Holiday. It laments about bygone days when "days were happy not sad".

Song Length 3:35 Genre Jazz - Standards, Jazz - Classic
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Poignant Subject Regret
Similar Artists Billy Holiday Language English
Era 1930 - 1939
Lyrics Otto Harbach Music Jerome Kern
Producer Paradyme Productions Publisher Published in 1933
Performance Peg Algar, Cliff Frederiksen, Pete Olig

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