The song of the day for Sunday, October 6, 2013 is “Indian Summer.”
About This Song
“Indian Summer” was written as a piano piece in 1919 by Victor Herbert; the lyrics were added in 1939 by Al Dubin. It’s a popular jazz song, with recordings by Frank Sinatra, Sidney Bechet, Gene Krupa, Sarah Vaughan and Paul Desmond, among others. Tony Bennett first recorded “Indian Summer” in 1962 for his album I Wanna Be Around.
About This Version
Indian Summer can be defined as a warm, dry day in autumn following a period of wet, rainy weather. It’s been cold and raining for several weeks in Portland, Oregon (home of The Year of Tony Bennett) until we woke up this morning to clear skies with much sunshine and a high of 72 degrees. To celebrate this beautiful Portland weekend, our song today must be “Indian Summer.”
Today’s version is from Bennett’s 1992 Grammy-winning album Perfectly Frank, in which he sings songs also sung by Frank Sinatra.