The Song of the Day for October 12, 2012 is The Folks That Live On The Hill.
About The Folks That Live On The Hill
The Folks That Live On The Hill was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein in 1937 for the film High, Wide, and Handsome. Bing Crosby recorded it in the same year. Many people associate the song with the wonderful Peggy Lee, who recorded it in 1957 for her album, The Man I Love. It has also been recorded by Nina Simone and Diana Krall. It’s a beautiful song: the lyrics are pure Oscar Hammerstein with a very lovely melody by Jerome Kern.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song for his autobiographical album Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, released in 1990.
Readers might note that I feature many songs from Astoria. This is a brilliantly conceived and executed album and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is currently available as MP3 downloads from Amazon. It’s really an extraordinary album.