The song of the day for Wednesday, October 25, 2017 is “The Right To Love.”
About This Song
According to the website filmscoremonthly, this song has an interesting history. Written by Lalo Schifrin, it was first recorded, without lyrics, in 1963 on an album called Reflections by Stan Getz and Lalo Schifrin. Tony Bennett liked the song from the beginning and suggested that Gene Lees write the lyrics. The resulting song is an anthem for “forbidden” love. At that time, most people associated the song with interracial relationships; in later years, it has been sung by gay singers. In addition to Bennett’s recording, this song has been recorded by Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and k.d. lang.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Right To Love” in 1965 for his album If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set. The arrangement was done by Don Costa. This song is one of the most-search-for song titles on The Year of Tony Bennett.
“The Right To Love,” as well as If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from iTunes.