The song of the day for Saturday, January 18, 2020, is “Solitude.”
About This Song
One of his masterpieces, Duke Ellington is said to have written “Solitude” in twenty minutes at the recording session, as they were one number short (Ted Gioia in The Jazz Standards). As customary many Ellington songs, the lyrics by Eddie DeLange and Irving Mills were added later. It’s a strong song for both vocalists and instrumentalists. Ellington made over a hundred recordings of this song. Other great recordings include those by Paul Robeson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Billy Eckstine.
About This Version
Tony Bennett sang “Solitude” at his concert at Carnegie Hall to open a selection of Ellington songs, all of which (amd much more) were released on Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall.
“Solitude,” as well as Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.