In honor of Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin, Bing Crosby, Adam Keller, John Gill, and Jon-Erik Kellso — here is the sheet music for PLEASE. It’s my dream to hear world-class jazz musicians, deep in Swing Romanticism, make this song their own. Unfortunately, the folio doesn’t have the lyrics — but perhaps that enabled the Famous Music Corporation to publish eleven songs and photographs from Bing’s then-current films: THE BIG BROADCAST, COLLEGE HUMOR, and TOO MUCH HARMONY — for fifty cents.
I’d also like more people to know about Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin, who wrote the music and lyrics for PLEASE and many other irreplaceable songs. Rainger, especially, deserves his place in the collective memory alongside the more familiar names. Here’s a photograph of Rainger from the Crosby folio:
If you play an instrument, sing, or even hum, why not try PLEASE? And if you don’t, well, you could find a way to work the title into everyday conversation. I believe it has a soothing effect . . .