The song of the day for Friday, October 4, 2013 is “Something’s Gotta Give.”
About This Song
With both music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, “Something’s Gotta Give” was written for the 1955 film Daddy Long Legs, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire. The lyrics are pure Mercer:
When an irresistible force such as you
Meets an old immovable object like me
You can bet just as sure as you live
Somethin’s gotta give
The song is full of those paradoxes and it’s a real treat.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song in 1955; it was arranged by Sid Feller. However, the recording was not released until 2011 on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Volume 1, with the Tony Bennett Complete Collection. There are two volumes and they are both full of delights, from Tony’s first-ever recording of “St. James Infirmary” with the 314th Army Special Services Band in Germany to some great jazz sets with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones and Stan Getz to a few early live performances by Mr. Bennett in a smoky nightclub.
“Something’s Gotta Give,” as well as all of the songs on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Volume 1, is available from iTunes.