Autumn Leaves

Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les Feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves").

Published: 01 Oct 2011 Updated: 07 Jun 2023Visits: 389Code: UL402

INSTRUMENTS: Jazz Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele Guitar ANY Leadsheet Play-along
Subjects: Jazz • Repertoire • Standard

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves is a much-recorded popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les Feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves") with music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prevert. Yves Montand (with Irene Joachim) introduced "Les feuilles mortes" in 1946 in the film Les Portes de la Nuit. The American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947 and Jo Stafford was among the first to perform this version.

On December 24, 1950, French singer Edith Piaf rendered both French and English versions of this song on the radio program The Big Show, hosted by Tallulah Bankhead.

Autumn Leaves — Premium Play-along Track

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Play-along Demo: Desafinado

DesafinadoPremium Play-along Track with Guitar Melody Played


I, (Curt) originally created these tracks to perform over for gigs and this was a demo for booking gigs.

These Premium Play-along Tracks are available to LearningUkulele.com Site Members and are my personal one-of-kind tracks I (Curt) and Chuck Anderson recorded and arranged.

Autumn Leaves is in the The Daily Ukulele — Leap Year Edition 366 Songs for Better Living book.

Autumn Leaves is in the Real Book - Volume 1 Sixth Edition book.

Autumn Leaves is on my, 2002 Midnight at the Jazz Cafe, The Curt Sheller Trio CD.

The play-along track is in the Key of G/Em and the Melody & Chord Ukulele Arrangement in Bb/C.

Autumn Leaves…

Midnight at the Jazz Cafe

Autumn Leaves is available on my 2002 Jazz Trio CD: Midnight at the Jazz Cafe.

With the help of two great musicians, I’m allowed to put together some melodies and chords and capture a little jazz for the first time on CD. I’ve picked some of my favorite songs and thrown in a couple of originals. I hope you enjoy this slice of time in my musical career and development.

Links & Resources

Main Song Download(s)

The main downloads for this Song.

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Autumn Leaves - Chord Lead Sheet for Ukulele - Key of Bb/Gm

Updated: 26 Nov 2021

Ukulele chord chart for C tuning in the key of Bb/G.

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Autumn Leaves - Premium Play-along Track - Key of G/Em

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

The play-along track for the jazz classic Autumn Leaves in the Key of G/Em.

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Autumn Leaves - Premium PLay-along Leadsheet - Key of G/Em

Updated: 13 Jun 2023

The leadsheet for the play-along track for the jazz classic Autumn Leaves in the Key of G/Em.

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Using the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

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Related Song Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Autumn Leaves.

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Autumn Leaves - Handwritten Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Autumn Leaves - iReal Pro

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Autumn Leaves - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement

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Autumn Leaves in Cm/Bb.

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Autumn Leaves - BIAB Bass and Drums backing track

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Autumn Leaves - Chord Lead Sheet for Ukulele - Key of Bb/Gm

Updated: 26 Nov 2021

Ukulele chord chart for C tuning in the key of Bb/G.

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Autumn Leaves - iRealb file

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Autumn Leaves - iRealb XML File

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Autumn Leaves - Midnight at the Jazz Cafe Recording

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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Autumn Leaves - Premium Play-along Track - Key of G/Em

Updated: 31 Dec 2016

The play-along track for the jazz classic Autumn Leaves in the Key of G/Em.

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Autumn Leaves - Premium PLay-along Leadsheet - Key of G/Em

Updated: 13 Jun 2023

The leadsheet for the play-along track for the jazz classic Autumn Leaves in the Key of G/Em.

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