The song of the day for Friday, July 14, 2017 is “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road).”
About This Song
“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1943 film The Sky’s The Limit, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire. Arlen called this song one of his “tapeworms,” as at 48 bars it was longer than the standard 32 bar popular song. Alec Wilder, in American Popular Song, says that “the honors must go the lyric. … Just imagine having the acuity and courage to start a song, as Mercer does, with “It’s a quarter to three”!
About This Version
I can’t remember the last time I featured a Harold Arlen song, which means that’s it been way too long since I featured one. And who better than Johnny Mercer writing the lyrics.
Today I chose Bennett’s 1992 version from Perfectly Frank, arranged and accompanied by Ralph Sharon.
“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.