It’s still Tony Bennett 1950s Hit Parade Week and the hits keep coming. The song of the day for Friday, January 11, 2013 is Blue Velvet.
About Blue Velvet
Blue Velvet was written in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. It was first recorded by an R&B group called The Clovers. It’s been recorded a number of times over the decades, including Tony Bennett duets with k.d. lang (Duets II) and Maria Gadú (Viva Duets – Target and South American versions).
About This Version
Today’s version is Tony Bennett’s first recording of the song in July, 1951, arranged and conducted by Percy Faith. It reached #19 on the Billboard popular chart in October, 1951. Mr. Bennett also sang Blue Velvet at his legendary 1962 Carnegie Hall concert.
Blue Velvet, as well as the full Columbia Singles: Volume 1, is available from iTunes.