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Autumn Leaves

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

PUBLISHED: Oct 1, 2011 • UPDATED: Dec 27, 2017 • LESSON CODE: UL402 • VISITS: 66

ukulele guitar ANY leadsheet playalong Subjects: jazzrepertoirestandard

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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. Autumn Leaves became a pop standard and a jazz standard in both languages and both as an instrumental and with a singer.

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

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Autumn Leaves - Chord Lead Sheet for Ukulele
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele chord chart for C tuning.

Autumn Leaves - Premium PLay-along Track
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

This the version of the song that is in the book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele.


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Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.

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Autumn Leaves - Handwritten Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Original handwritten melody and chord solo ukulele arrangement.

Autumn Leaves - iReal Pro
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

iReal Pro file for play-along practice.

Autumn Leaves - Melody and Chord Ukulele Arrangement
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Melody and Chord arrangement of my version from my jazz guitar trio CD.

Autumn Leaves - BIAB Bass and Drums backing track
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

A Band in a Box backing tracks with just bass and drums - Key of G.

Autumn Leaves - Chord Lead Sheet for Ukulele
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Ukulele chord chart for C tuning.

Autumn Leaves - iRealb file
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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Autumn Leaves - iRealb XML File
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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Autumn Leaves - Midnight at the Jazz Cafe Recording
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

My 2002 jazz guitar trio recording.

Autumn Leaves - Premium PLay-along Track
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