The song of the day for Sunday, September 9, 2018, is ” All For You.”
About This Song
Tony Bennett’s son, Danny, had long encouraged his father to write a song. While performing in Hawaii, he visited a small jazz club and heard the Django Reinhardt song “Nuages,” written in 1940, and felt that he had found the right melody for the song he had in mind. Billboard magazine noted the song in an article about the album:
Bennett continues to challenge himself. In fact, for the first time in his career, the artist contributed his own lyrics to a song on his new album, The Art of Romance. The cut, “All for You,” is based on an instrumental jazz tune called “Nuages” written by Django Reinhardt and Jacques LaRue.
“I heard a nice trio playing it in Hawaii and went to the piano player and asked what tune it was,” Bennett recalls. “So I found the family who owned it and got permission to write the lyric, and it’s funny, but it just rolled out in an hour.”
A love song for Bennett’s companion Susan Crow [they married in 2007], “All for You” keeps with the album title’s theme. He says it was also inspired by “all the great lyricists from the Golden Age — [Jerome] Kern and Ira Gershwin, Yip Harburg and [Johnny] Mercer, of course.”
About This Version
“All For You” was recorded in 2004 by Tony Bennett for his album The Art of Romance. The recording features an arrangement by Johnny Mandel.
All For You, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“All For You,” as well as The Art of Romance, is available from iTunes.
Today is Susan Benedetto’s birthday. The Year of Tony Bennett is proud to wish her a very happy birthday!