The song of the day for Monday, January 16, 2017 is “Penthouse Serenade.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Penthouse Serenade,” was written in 1931 by Will Jason and Val Burton. It is one the classic Depression-era songs with the yearning for the glamorous Manhattan apartment by the poor, yet romantic, couple. The first known use of “Penthouse Serenade” was for the 1933 animated short Betty Boop’s Penthouse, where it was sung by Mae Questel. On a more serious note, “Penthouse Serenade” has had exceptional recordings: Nat King Cole recorded it in 1952 as a piano solo for an album of the same name and Tony Bennett’s recording for his 1959 album Hometown, My Town.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Penthouse Serenade” in 1958 for the album Hometown, My Town, which was released in 1959. The terrific arrangement is by Ralph Burns.
“Penthouse Serenade,” as well as Hometown, My Town, is available from iTunes.