The Song of the Day for October 3, 2012 is That Old Devil Moon.
About Old Devil Moon
Old Devil Moon is from the 1949 musical, Finian’s Rainbow, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg. The song has been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Anita O’Day, Chet Baker, Rosemary Clooney and Margaret Whiting, among others.
About This Version
Mr. Bennett has recorded this song several times; in fact, The Year of Tony Bennett featured a recording of this song a few months ago from his 1994 MTV Unplugged album. This version is his first recording of the song, from his first LP, his 1955 jazz album Cloud 7.
He also recorded it in 1967 for Tony Makes It Happen and sang it in 1971 with the London Philharmonic for his live Get Happy album. He also sings it in concert (to my great delight) from time to time. It’s a great song, as were so many of the songs from Broadway musicals in that era.