The song of the day for Monday, August 15, 2016 is “Solitude.”
About This Song
Written in 1934, Duke Ellington is said to have written “Solitude” in twenty minutes at the recording session, as they were one number short (Ted Gioia in Jazz Standards). The lyrics are by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills. It’s a very strong song for both vocalists and instrumentalists. Ellington made over a hundred recordings of this song. Other great recordings include those by Paul Robeson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Solitude” several times. Today’s recording is from 1996 for his tribute album to Billie Holiday: Tony Bennett On Holiday.
“Solitude,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.