The Song of the Day is When Do the Bells Rings For Me?, the opening song on Tony’s autobiographical album Astoria: Portrait of an Artist (which is a personal favorite of mine) released in 1990. The song was written by Charles deForest. In its obituary for Mr. deForest, the New York Times called him a quintessential New York saloon performer. I never heard him perform, but with When Do The Bells Ring For Me?, he wrote a wonderful song. The link comes from the compilation album The Essential Tony Bennett. He also sang it with Mariah Carey on Duets II.
The Song of the Day is the glorious A Sleeping Bee, written by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote. It was written for the musical House of Flowers, based on the short story by Truman Capote; Harold Arlen wrote music and lyrics and Truman Capote wrote the book and lyrics. It’s a lovely song and we’re happy to present it as the Song of the Day. Tony Bennett first recorded A Sleeping Bee 1959 for Tony Bennett Sings for Two, his wonderful album with Ralph Sharon.
The Song of the Day is Yesterday I Heard the Rain. I must admit that I wasn’t aware of this song prior to the Tony Bennett/Alejandro Sanz duet on Duets II. Mr. Bennett first recorded the song for his 1968 album of the same name. Written originally in Spanish, Esta Tarde Vi Llover was written By Armando Mazanero, with lyrics by Gene Lees. It’s a beautiful song and we’re happy to present Mr. Bennett’s original recording.
The Song of the Day for July 30, 2012 is It Was Me, a beautiful summer love song. Recorded originally 1962 for the album I Wanna Be Around, today’s link is from the compilation collection Fifty Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett. This song was also featured on a National Public Radio for a series of summer song favorites: Mr. Bennett chose this song as his favorite summer song. Click here to visit the NPR site to hear the story.
The Song of the Day for July 29, 2012 is I Wish I Were In Love Again, written by Richard Rodgers (music) and Lorenz Hart (lyrics) in 1937 for the movie Babes in Arms.