On the second day of the Tony Bennett 90th Birthday Bash, Monday, August 1, 2016 the song of the day is “The Rules of the Road.”
About This Song
“The Rules of the Road” was written in 1961 by our songwriter of the month, Cy Coleman, and Carolyn Leigh.
About This Version
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore this song. All the different versions too. Here’s the original: recorded in 1961 and included on Bennett’s Grammy-winning album I Left My Heart in San Francisco. The arrangement is by Ralph Burns. (Hint: we’ll be returning to this album before the birthday bash is over.)
“The Rules of the Road,” as well as I Left My Heart in San Francisco, is available from iTunes.
And here’s the alternate version, which I love. This time, it’s a Ralph Sharon arrangement from When Lights Are Low.
Listening to these recordings one after the other is master class in singing.