“Body and Soul” was written inNew York Cityfor the British actress and singerGertrude Lawrence, who introduced it to London audiences. Published in England, it was first performed in the United States byLibby Holmanin the 1930 Broadway revueThree’s a Crowd. In Britain the orchestras ofJack Hilton andAmbroserecorded the ballad first in the same week in February 1930. In the United States, the tune grew quickly in popularity, and by the end of 1930 at least 11 American bands had recorded it. Louis Armstrongwas the first jazz musician to record “Body and Soul”, in October 1930, but it wasPaul WhitemanandJack Fultonwho popularized it in United States.
“Body and Soul” is one of the most recorded jazz standards, and multiple lyrics have been written for it.[
“Body and Soul”, is a popular song and jazz standard written in 1930 with music by Johnny Green and lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour and Frank Eyton. It was also used as the musical theme and underscoring in the American film noir boxing drama Body and Soul (1947 film).