The song of the day for Wednesday, October 13, 2015 is “Shaking The Blues Away.”
About This Song
Irving Berlin originally wrote “Shaking The Blues Away” for The Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. It was introduced by Ruth Etting, who was making her first appearance in the Follies. Berlin pulled it out of the trunk for 1948 film Easter Parade, where it was a dance number for Ann Miller.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Shaking The Blues Away” in May 1987 for his tribute album to Irving Berlin: Bennett/Berlin. Bennett arranged the songs on the album himself. It features the Ralph Sharon Trio, with Paul Langosch on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums. Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie and George Benson also appeared on the album, but not on “Shaking The Blues Away.”
“Shaking The Blues Away,” as well as Bennett/Berlin, is available from iTunes.