LAURA ~ Woody Herman (vocal) & his Orchestra ~ 1945~ Columbia Records #36785 LAURA was originally recorded as an instrumental and used in the 1944 film classic : "LAURA" , starring: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, & Vincent Price. In 1945 lyrics were added by Singer-Composer- Lyricist, Johnny Mercer, and was recorded in February of the same year by Woody Herman on the Columbia Records label. The film was based on a 1942 novel written by Vera Caspary, also titled " LAURA " . It should be noted that when Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics to David Raksin's melody, he had never watched the film that the melody was used in and yet, his lyrics captured the feeling & tone of the film almost completely. Johnny Mercer was an amazing talent.