The song of the day for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, is “Prelude to a Kiss.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Prelude to a Kiss,” was written in 1938 by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Gordon and Irving Mills.
Ted Gioia in The Jazz Standards notes that in the late 1930s, having practically invented swing music, “… at this juncture, he does the exact opposite. The Duke uses his fame and great artistic freedom to become more ambitious, more experimental, less beholden to the formulas of swing music. … ‘Prelude To A Kiss’ from 1938 is a case in point.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Prelude to a Kiss” in 1999 for his album Bennett Sings Ellington Hot and Cool. Joel Smirnoff is the featured violin soloist for this recording, which was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.
Prelude To A Kiss, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“Prelude to a Kiss,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot and Cool, is available from iTunes.