Matt Dennis biography



Matt started out in the Vaudeville tradition!

Being exposed to music from an early age with his parents both being professional musicians (mum played the violin, dad was a singer), Matt Dennis took to the piano, singing and arranging like a fish to water!

Performing with his family from an early age in the Vaudeville tradition, Matt got to know American showbiz before he even learned to read or write.

Among Matt Dennis’ most famous songs you can find Everything Happens To Me, Will You Still Be Mine, and Angel Eyes.

Angel Eyes was originally introduced in the motion picture Jennifer in 1953 and has since been attempted by many iconic figures.

Written by Matt Dennis and Earl Brent, it was made famous by being recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Willie Nelson, and Ray Charles as well as Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter.

This collective effort is what earned Angel Eyes the title – A Jazz Standard.


Angel Eyes – Chords

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Try to think that love’s not around,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
but it’s uncomfortably near.

Go to Angel Eyes chords.


Angel Eyes – Lyrics + Live performance

Try to think that love’s not around,
but it’s uncomfortably near.
My old heart ain’t gaining no ground,
because my angel eyes ain’t here.

Go to Angel Eyes lyrics.