The song of the day for Monday, October 2, 2017 is “Baby Don’t You Quit Now.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Baby Don’t You Quit Now” was written in 1967, with music by Jimmy Rowles and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Rowles was a noted pianist to several female jazz singers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. He also played with bands led by noted leaders, including Lester Young, Nelson Riddle, Buddy Rich and many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Baby Don’t You Quit Now” in 1968 for his album I’ve Gotta Be Me. Torrie Zito wrote the arrangement.
“https://open.spotify.com/track/4RheUdXKEuGWCJ1gjmmYi9,” as well as I’ve Gotta Be Me, is available from iTunes.
Last week I was on the Apple Music site and they were featuring a “Tony Bennett Deep Cuts” playlist. I gave it a listen–thinking there wasn’t any song on their so-called deep cuts playlist that I didn’t know backwards and forwards, but this song rather took me by surprise. It’s a great melody with some great Mercer lyrics and a great performance by Mr. Bennett.