The song of the day for Wednesday, November 30, 2016 is “A Christmas Love Song.”
About This Song
“A Christmas Love Song” was composed by Johnny Mandel with lyrics from Alan and Marilyn Bergman in 1988. It is one the most beautiful recent Christmas songs written. In addition to Tony Bennett’s recording, it has been performed by many jazz and popular singers, including The Manhattan Transfer, Ann Hampton Calloway and Barbra Streisand.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “A Christmas Love Song” with the Count Basie Big Band for the album A Swingin’ Christmas, released in 2008. The recording features Toots Theilemans on harmonica.
“A Christmas Love Song,” as well as A Swingin’ Christmas, is available from iTunes.
Today closes out our tribute to Johnny Mandel, the songwriter of the month for November 2016. Today’s song also serves as a preview for our annual The Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas. We’ll also have a new songwriter of the month who will be announced tomorrow.