The song of the day for Sunday, December 3, 2017 is “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”
About This Song
“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, was one of the hit songs from the 1940 musical Pal Joey, where it was introduced by Vivienne Segal. Notable recordings are by Benny Goodman, Mel Tormé, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Alec Wilder admired the lyric and the verse, but found the song “notey.” In spite of being notey, it’s a cornerstone of the American Songbook. It’s possibly your author’s favorite Rodgers and Hart song.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” in 1959 with Ralph Sharon. For whatever reason, Columbia didn’t release this album until 1961–it’s one of Bennett’s best albums.
“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.