The Year of Tony Bennett celebrates the composer Sacha Distel, who was born on January 29, 1933, with our choice of The Good Life as the song of the day for January 29, 2013.
About The Good Life
Originally known as La Belle Vie, The Good Lifewas written by composer Sacha Distel with lyrics by Jack Reardon. It was written 1962 and was featured in the movie Seven Capital Sins. The song is primarily associated with Tony Bennett, but has been sung by many other performers, including Frank Sinatra, Petula Clark, Duke Ellington, Shirley Horn, and many more.
About This Version
Today’s version of The Good Life is the first. And the best. Tony Bennett recorded the song in December 1962. It appeared as a single in 1963 and was the first song on Bennett’s 1963 album I Wanna Be Around, which also featured the Johnny Mercer song of the same name. I Wanna Be Around stands as one of Bennett’s great albums and The Good Life as one of his very best recordings. It is also worth noting that Tony Bennett titled his 1998 autobiography The Good Life.
The Good Life, as well as the full I Wanna Be Around album, is available from iTunes.