The song of the day for Sunday, January 15, 2017 is “Old Devil Moon.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Old Devil Moon,” was written by Burton Lane and Yip Harburg for the 1947 musical Finian’s Rainbow, which also gave us “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” While Alec Wilder was no fan of “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”, in America Popular Song,he praises “Old Devil Moon” as “a well-written, wholly convincing song. It drives, and its initial intensity is sustained throughout.”
About This Version
I’m featuring Tony Bennett’s first recording of “Old Devil Moon” for his first jazz album, Cloud 7, released in 1955. Jazz critic Thom Jurek described the album thus: “The mood is nocturnal, elegant, amorous, hip.” It’s a great jazz vocal album that holds up 61 years after its initial release.
“Old Devil Moon,” as well as Cloud 7, is available from iTunes.