The song of the day for Tuesday, September 13, 2016 is “The Girl I Love.”
About This Song
“The Girl I Love” was originally written for the 1924 Broadway musical Lady, Be Good by George and Ira Gershwin, though it was cut from that production. It was used again in 1927 for Strike Up The Band, but that production closed out of town. The lyrics were revised to “The Man I Love” for the 1928 Rosalie, but was cut from that production as well. In spite of all that, it rightly has its place as one of the great songs in the American Songbook. Notable recordings include those by Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Helen Morgan and many, many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett has recorded “The Girl I Love” several times. Today I chose his 1989 version from Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. The arrangement is by Jorge Calandrelli.
“The Girl I Love,” as well as Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.