The song of the day for February 7,2013 is These Foolish Things.
About These Foolish Things
Though a standard in the American Songbook, These Foolish Things was written by two Englishmen: Eric Maschwitz (lyrics) and Jack Strachey (music). The song was first recorded by the West Indian pianist and singer Leslie “Hutch” Hutchison, who found the sheet music in Maschwitz’ office at the BBC. It was originally sung in a London revue, Spread It Abroad.
The song has been recorded by Billy Holiday, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and many other prominent jazz singers.
About This Version
Tony Bennett first recorded this song in 1956 for his second album, Tony, released in 1957. Today’s version is from his tribute album to Billy Holiday, Tony Bennett On Holiday, released in 1997.
These Foolish Things, as well as the Tony Bennett On Holiday album, is available from iTunes.