The song of the day for Tuesday, July 9, 2013 is “East of the Sun.”
About This Song
“East of the Sun” was written in 1934 by Brooks Bowman. Bowman was a student at Princeton when he wrote this song for the university’s Triangle Club show, Stags at Bay. The song was recorded in 1935 and was a hit. This success earned Bowman a contract with the Selznik Studios in Hollywood. Tragically, Bowman died in an automobile accident before he could start his job. It’s widely thought that had he lived, Bowman may have been one of the great American songwriters.
About This Version
Today’s recording is from Tony Bennett’s 1992 album Perfectly Frank, which features songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. The album was arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon and Frank Laico came out of retirement to engineer the album.
“East of the Sun,” as well as the entire Perfectly Frank album, is available from iTunes.