Who Sang An Occasional Man? Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1955
Genre: Funk / Soul Blues Pop
Style: Swingbeat/Rhythm & Blues/Vocal
length: 2:33
arranger: Ernie Wilkins
vocal: Sarah Vaughan
double bass: Joe Benjamin
piano: Jimmy Jones
alto saxophone: Sam Marowitz and Cannonball Adderley
trumpet: Ernie Royal and Bernie Glow
trombone: J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding
flute: Jerome Richardson
tenor saxophone: Jerome Richardson
guitar: Turk Van Lake
conductor: Ernie Wilkins
drums (drum set): Roy Haynes
Some other versions of "An Occasional Man"


I've got an island in the Pacific
And everything about it is terrific;
I've got the sun to tan me
Palms to fan me
And - an occasional man!

I've got an island, it's very lazy
If I should ever leave it I'd be crazy!
I've got papayas, peaches
Sandy beaches
And - an occasional man!

When I go swimmin'
I am always dressed in style
'Cause I go swimmin'
Wearin' just a great big smile!

My little island was made for pleasure
And in the cool of evening it's a treasure;
And when the hour grows later
What is greater
Than - an occasional man!

If you're on shore leave
And your face is kinda cute
Perhaps, by your leave
I can be you passion fruit!

My little island is such a beauty
You may gorget to heed the call of duty;
But if you give the slip
To your ship
Miss your trip
Take a tip
And blame -
An occasional dame!

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Over the Rainbow
  • 2 Soon
  • 3 Cherokee
  • 4 I’ll Never Smile Again
  • 5 Don’t Be on the Outside
  • 6 How High the Moon
  • 7 It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dream
  • 8 Sometimes I’m Happy
  • 9 Maybe
  • 10 An Occasional Man
  • 11 Why Can’t I
  • 12 Oh My

  • Release information
    label: EmArcy
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin