The song of the day for Monday, January 20, 2014 is “Just in Time.”
About This Song
Written by Jule Styne (music) and Betty Comden and Adolph Green (lyrics), “Just In Time” is just one the great hits from the 1956 Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing. The stars of the show, Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin, introduced the song. Tony Bennett recorded the song in the same year, and it was a big hit for Mr. Bennett. “The Party’s Over,” another song recorded by Mr Bennett (Hometown, My Town in 1959) was the other major hit song from this wonderful score.
About This Version
Mr. Bennett has sung this song over his career. But perhaps his most significant performance was never recorded. Starting on March 21, 1965, Tony Bennett marched with Martin Luther King, now-Congressman John Lewis, Ralph Bunche, Billy Eckstine, Leonard Bernstein and many, many others on the Third March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. On the evening of March 24, 1965 on a makeshift stage (created with coffins loaned by a local mortuary), a Stars for Freedom rally and concert was held. In addition to Mr. Bennett, the performers included Harry Belafonte, Frankie Laine, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter, Paul and Mary.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the Year of Tony Bennett is proud to feature the song “Just In Time.”