The song of the day for Monday, August 6, 2018 is “Last Night When We Were Young.”
About This Song
Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg wrote “Last Night When We Were Young” in 1935. Arlen considered “Last Night When We Were Young” to be one of his favorite songs. In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder calls it a “most remarkable and beautiful song … (that) goes far beyond the boundaries of popular music.” Yip Harburg has said that he doesn’t know exactly where the title came from but that “the juxtaposition of those two phrases is almost a whole world of philosophy.” All in all, it’s a very beautiful and introspective song that is much beloved by singers. Frank Sinatra included on his wonderful album In The Wee Small Hours. It has also been recorded by Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae and Tony Bennett.
About This Version
In 1993, Tony Bennett released the album Perfectly Frank, consisting of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. It’s that version I chose today; Bennett also recorded today’s song in 1959 for the album To My Wonderful One.
“Last Night When We Were Young,” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.