"When Your Lover Has Gone"
Published 1931
Genre Jazz
Composer Einar Aaron Swan

"When Your Lover Has Gone" is a 1931 composition by Einar Aaron Swan[1] which, after being featured in the James Cagney film Blonde Crazy that same year, has become a jazz standard. The song was used in the 1991 film The Rocketeer, during the part where Neville Sinclair takes Jenny to The South Seas Club. This song is unusual in that, after a simple verse, it does not follow the usual 64-bar refrain that characterizes the structure of most pop music, but tells its entire story in 32 bars.


Year Artist Album
1931 Gene Austin
1931 Louis Armstrong
1931 Ethel Waters Ethel Waters' Greatest Years (Columbia, 1972); part of the John Hammond Collection
1931 Benny Goodman
1942 Maxine Sullivan with Charlie Shavers and His Orchestra 7" LP, Jazztone (J-737)
1945 Eddie Condon All Stars with Lee Wiley Eddie Condon All Stars 1945
1944 Harry James
1945 Irving Fazola's Dixielanders Keynote recording, New Orleans Express (1955)
1947 Wild Bill Davison Sweet and Hot
1949 Doris Day You're My Thrill
1951 Nat King Cole
1952 George Wallington Trio The George Wallington Trios
1953 Buddy DeFranco Jazz Tones
1953 Roy Eldridge with the Oscar Peterson Trio The Strolling Mr. Eldridge
1955 Claire Austin Claire Austin Sings "When Your Lover Has Gone"
1955 Earl Bostic and His Orchestra Alto-tude
1955 Don Elliott and Rusty Dedrick Counterpoint for Six Valves (a.k.a. Double Trumpet Doings)
1955 Urbie Green The Lyrical Language of Urbie Green (1978)
1955 Johnny Hartman Songs from the Heart
1955 Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra Velvet Mood
1955 Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours
1955 Art Tatum (piano solo) The Incomparable Art Tatum (piano solo)
1956 Art Farmer / Donald Byrd 2 Trumpets
1956 Herb Jeffries Say It Isn't So
1956 Morgana King Morgana King Sings the Blues (1958)
1956 Julie London Lonely Girl
1956 Sonny Rollins Quartet with John Coltrane Tenor Madness
1957 Louis Armstrong The Essential Louis Armstrong
1957 Nat King Cole Just One of Those Things
1957 Jazz Giants '58: Harry Edison, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Louis Bellson and the O. Peterson Trio Jazz Giants '58 (Verve)
1957 Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker Reunion with Chet Baker
1957 Julie Wilson My Old Flame
1958 Donald Byrd Off to the Races
1958 Billie Holiday Broadcast Performances, Vol. 3: 1956-1958 (also rel. on DVD); May 29 and July 17 on TV at Art Ford's Jazz Party
1958 Billie Holiday with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Sept. 29, live at the Persian Room, Plaza Hotel, New York City
1958 Billie Holiday At Monterey / 1958 (1986) Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Oct. 5
1958 Sue Raney When Your Lover Has Gone
1959 The Four Freshmen Love Lost
1959 Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles
1959 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Shirley Scott Bacalao
1959 Herb Ellis with Jimmy Giuffre Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre
1959 Red Garland Trio with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Moodsville Volume 1
1959 Lee Konitz with Jimmy Giuffre Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre
1959 Carmen McRae When You're Away
1959 Ben Webster with the Oscar Peterson Trio Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
1959 Mary Osborne A Girl and Her Guitar
1959 Andy Williams Lonely Street
1960 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers A Night in Tunisia (first release on reissue in 1989)
1960 Jimmy Forrest Forrest Fire
1960 Red Garland Red Alone
1960 Anthony Newley Love Is a Now and Then Thing
1961 Sarah Vaughan The Divine One
1961 Dinah Washington with Quincy Jones and His Orchestra I Wanna Be Loved
1962 Ella Fitzgerald with Nelson Riddle Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson
1963 Vic Damone
1963 Kate Smith Kate Smith at Carnegie Hall
1964 Marvin Gaye When I'm Alone I Cry
1964 Brenda Lee Let Me Sing
1965 Chet Baker Baker's Holiday (Chet Baker Sings and Plays Billie Holiday)
1968 Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band All Smiles (a.k.a. Let's Face the Music)
1975 Ella Fitzgerald with Oscar Peterson Ella and Oscar
1975 Joe Pass Virtuoso in New York (2004)
1978 Diahann Carroll with the Duke Ellington Orchestra
under the direction of Mercer Ellington
A Tribute to Ethel Waters
1978 Sarah Vaughan How Long Has This Been Going On?
1979 Art Van Damme Quintet Blue World
1981 Sarah Vaughan and the Count Basie Orchestra Send in the Clowns
1984 Linda Ronstadt with Nelson Riddle Lush Life
1989 Ella Fitzgerald All That Jazz;
Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female 1991
1989 Mina Uiallalla
1990 Carly Simon My Romance
1991 Dorothy Loudon Saloon
1992 Joe Pass Meditation (2002)
1997 Carmen Lundy Old Devil Moon
1997 Johnny Holiday Johnny Holiday Sings
2000 June Christy with the Johnny Guarnieri Quintet A Friendly Session, Vol. 3
2001 Stacey Kent Dreamsville
2002 Derek Bailey Ballads
2004 Kevin Spacey with John Wilson & The Orchestra Beyond the Sea O.S.T.


  1. ^ Swedish-Finnish Historical Society

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