The song of the day for Monday, February 6, 2017 is “Cheek To Cheek.”
About This Song
Irving Berlin wrote “Cheek To Cheek” for the 1935 film Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, where it was introduced (beautifully) by Fred Astaire. Though the song was nominated for an Academy Award (it lost to “Lullaby Of Broadway”), it became a hit in 1935 and remains popular to this day. Significant recordings include those by Harry James, Glenn Miller, Roy Eldridge, Bing Crosby and many, many more. Fans of the Tom Hanks’ movie The Green Mile might remember this song, as Top Hat is viewed in the prison. For many, it is one of the very first songs that comes to mind when one thinks of Fred Astaire and the 1930s Hollywood musical.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recorded “Cheek To Cheek” in 2014 for their album of the same name, Cheek To Cheek. The arrangement is by our friend Marion Evans. (I think, at least. The liner notes are rather vague when it comes to the arranger for each song.)
“Cheek To Cheek,” as well as the album Cheek To Cheek, is available from iTunes.
After watching the halftime in today’s Super Bowl, I had no choice but to play a Lady Gaga song. I’ve been watching halftime shows and live concerts by some of the greatest performers, but this show was something else. If you missed it, here’s a link to the show on YouTube.