The song of the day for Monday, March 20, 2013 is Nobody Else But Me.
About This Song
Nobody Else But Me was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1946 revival of Show Boat; it did not appear in the original 1927 production.
The song quickly became a jazz standard; the recording by Joe Pass on guitar was one of the early significant early recordings.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded Nobody Else But Me for his 1964 album with the Ralph Sharon Trio, When Lights Are Low. This is one of favorite of Bennett’s albums from the 1960s; Bennett singing with just the Trio (Ralph Sharon, Hal Gaylord and Billy Exiner) was, and is, a real treat for this author.
Nobody Else But Me, as well as the remastered When Lights Are Low album, is available from iTunes.
Just to compare, here’s the same song from the 1988 studio recording of Show Boat: