Violinist and bandleader Matt (“Matty”) Malneck and Frank Signorelli, a pianist best known for organizing bands, worked together in Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra. They wrote an instrumental called “Little Buttercup” which was performed by the Whiteman band and recorded by violinist Joe Venuti. When Gus Kahn added lyrics to the tune it became “I’ll Never Be the Same” when it was introduced by vocalist Mildred Bailey in 1932.
The song charted twice in 1932: Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians took it to number eight, and the version by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra with Mildred Bailey rose to number fourteen. It also became a staple in the repertoire of vocalist Ruth Etting, who also recorded it in 1932.
Malneck and Signorelli also wrote “Park Avenue Fantasy,” premiered by Whiteman in 1933, which became “Stairway to the Stars” when Mitchell Parish added lyrics and which was used as background music in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot. Malneck served as music director for the film in which Marilyn Monroe sang another of his songs, “I’m Through with Love” (1931) written with Gus Kahn and Jerry Livingston.
I'll never be the same Stars have lost their meaning, for me I'll never be the same Nothing's what it once, used to be And the songbirds that sing Tell me it's spring I can't believe their song Once love was king But kings can be wrong
I'll never be the same There is such an ache in my heart Never be the same Since we're apart There's such a lot that a smile can hide I know down deep inside I'll never be the same Never be the same again
I'll never be the same There is such an ache in my heart Never be the same Since we're apart There's such a lot, that a smile can hide I know down, deep inside I'll never be the same Never be the same again