a Project of the Mockingbird Foundation

Performances Song History Lyrics

Autumn Leaves

Music: Joseph Kosma

Lyrics: Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer

Vocals: Instrumental

Original Artist: Jo Stafford

Debut: 1989-08-12

Historian: Phillip Zerbo (pzerbo)

“Autumn Leaves” is a jazz standard based on the original French "Les Feuilles Mortes" – music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by Jacques Prévert – and first performed in the U.S. by Jo Stafford. The song has been interpreted by countless musicians, notably including Bing Crosby, Cannonball Adderley, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Ricky Lee Jones... and Phish.

Phish performed “Autumn Leaves” on 8/12/89 at the wedding reception of Beth and Steven Drebber during a first set comprised exclusively of jazz standards; this is the only known Phish performance of the song. Sadly, a recording of this set does not circulate.

Nat King Cole, ”Autumn Leaves”

Submit notes/corrections

Login Register