The song of the day for Saturday, August 11, 2018 is “Fascinating Rhythm.”
About This Song
George and Ira Gershwin wrote “Fascinating Rhythm” in 1924 for the Broadway musical Lady Be Good, where it was introduced by Cliff Edwards and Fred and Adele Astaire. The Astaires also recorded the song in 1926 with Gershwin on piano. “Fascinating Rhythm” was and still is a jazz number. For that reason, it has never been out of favor with jazz artists, both vocal and instrumental.
About This Version
Still known as Joe Bari, Tony Bennett recorded “Fascinating Rhythm” in 1949 on the Leslie label on a two-sided 78 RPM record. Bennett relates this story in his autobiography The Good Life:
The recording from this session was a two-sided 78 RPM disc, as all records were then. One side was an original composition by George, an Italian-style novelty called “Vieni Qui.” The other side was the Gershwin standard “Fascinating Rhythm.” I’m proud that I sang a Gershwin song at the very start of my recording career—-for me, that really was beginning at the top! We did it at the New York Decca studios on Fifty-seventh Street, the same historic place where Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and so many others made so many classic recordings.
“Fascinating Rhythm,” as well as all of the songs collected on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.
Both of these recordings were made available in 2011 on Bennett’s Complete Collection box set on the Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1 CD included in the set.
And so here we are … almost 70 years later … with today’s video of Tony and Diana Krall recording “Fascinating Rhythm” for their album, due next month: Love Is Here To Stay.
I know that I’m all a-quiver for this album to be released, just in time for my birthday!