The song of the day for Tuesday, May 7, 2013, is By Myself.
About This Song
Written by the team of Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwarz, By Myself was written for the 1937 musical Between The Devil, where it was introduced by Jack Buchanan. The song proved more popular than the production, with recordings by Eileen Farrell, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and even Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame.
About This Version
Today’s version is from Tony Bennett’s delightful tribute to Fred Astaire, Steppin’ Out. The arrangement is very effective, with just Bennett and Cameron with his famous brushes, as befits a song that ends with “by myself, alone.”
Fred Astaire sung this song in the film Band Wagon.
By Myself, as well as the full Steppin’ Out album, is available from iTunes.
Here’s a bit of Fred Astaire from Band Wagon, singing By Myself: