The song of the day for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 is “A Sleepin’ Bee.”
About This Song
“A Sleepin’ Bee” was written for the 1954 musical House of Flowers by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote, based on the Capote novella. Set in Haiti, the production featured a trio of steel drummers (more precisely known as pannists) from Trinidad.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “A Sleepin’ Bee” in 1959, with Ralph Sharon on piano. On October 28, 1959, Bennett and Sharon arrived at the studio with a briefcase full of music. In that day, they chose the songs they wanted to record, figured out an arrangement and recorded sixteen songs in a single day, with the legendary Frank Laico as engineer. Producer Mitch Miller walked out of the session. The resulting album, Tony Sings For Two, wasn’t released until 1961 and is widely considered to be one of Bennett’s finest albums.
“A Sleepin’ Bee,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.