Jazz History: Chetty's Lullaby by Chet Baker
Jazz History: "Chetty's Lullaby" by Chet Baker
In August, 1960, Chet Baker was arrested in Lucca, Italy. He was convicted of drug smuggling and forgery and sentenced to a year, seven months, and ten days in a Lucca prison. When he was released early, in December, 1961, RCA Italiana organized collaborative sessions with composer, arranger, and conductor Ennio Morricone. In 1962, they recorded four of Chet Baker's own compositions that he wrote while incarcerated: "Chetty's Lullaby", "So che ti perderò", "Il mio domani", and "Motivo su raggio di luna".
"Chetty's Lullaby" was released as a 45 single in June, 1962 backed with "So che ti perderò". Chet Baker plays the trumpet and also sings on the track. The song was only released in Italy as a vinyl 7" 45 picture sleeve single. The lyrics are in Italian. Chet Baker composed the music and Alessandro Maffei wrote the lyrics. The song was written for Chet Baker's son.
Chetty's Lullaby Lyrics:
Questa notteÿ solo per te,
Dolce bimbo ti dirò che presto tornerò,
Sento gelo nel mio cuor,
Di averti qui con me...
Torneran per me le stelle,
Nel mio cielo senza più nubi...
Scendon lievi verso te,
Dormi caro che domani,
Col sol ti bacerò.