The song of the day for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 is “Thou Swell.”
About This Song
“Thou Swell” was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee, based on the Mark Twain novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. “Thou Swell” is one of more charming songs from the musical, as the lyrics feature a combination of modern and medieval language: “thine eyes are cute too” and “I’d feel so rich in a hut for two.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Thou Swell” in 1973 for his album Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers & Hart, released in 1977. He is accompanied by the fantastic Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, featuring Braff on cornet, Barnes and Wayne Wright on guitar, and John Guiffrida on bass. The combination of Tony Bennett and this quartet is really remarkable.
“Thou Swell,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.