Author’s Note: This blog has its origin in my interest – maybe, obsession – with songs. It seems there is usually some song in my head at nearly any time. When I hear certain songs, I’ll sometimes think or say “Ooh! That’s one of my all-time favorites!” The range of my favorites is broad and diverse. These songs might be popular or obscure, from Broadway or the back roads, simple or complex, ballads or rockers.
I hope that you will enjoy my blogging exploration of contenders for my all-time-favorite songs and that you’ll be moved to consider and share your own favorites that have held a timeless presence in the soundtrack of your life, or rather, your own personal Songbook.
To me, “Till Then” might have been simply a pretty, soothing Tin Pan Alley tune. It’s the Mills Brothers’ mellow tones and incomparable harmonies that make it one of “My All-time Greatest Songs.” “Till Then” was written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, and Guy Wood. It was published in 1944 and introduced by the Mills Brothers that same year. [Other notable hits by the “Till Then” songwriting team include “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire (1941), “When the Lights Go On Again (All Over the World)” (1942), “Fishin’ For the Moon” (1945), “The Girl from Jones Beach” (1949), and “It All Begins and Ends With You” (1950).]
The Mills Brothers recording of “Till Then” became a double-sided hit, backed by “You Always Hurt the One You Love.” “Till Then” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Magazine Best Seller chart and topped the R&B chart at No. 1. Since the Mills Brothers’ smash hit, “Till Then” has become a popular standard performed and recorded in a variety of styles. The Orioles had a street-corner doo-wop hit in 1954, the Hilltoppers had a version with a band at the same time, and The Classics updated the song to a successful pop doo-wop harmony in 1963. I’d guess you can recall a performance or two of “Till Then” by others.