The song of the day for Friday, June 9, 2017 is “Just One Of Those Things.”
About This Song
Cole Porter wrote “Just One of Those Things” for the 1935 musical Jubilee. It’s one of Porter’s most popular songs and has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Alec Wilder in “American Popular Song” spoke of the lyric as ‘a trip to the moon on gossamer wings’ and “that it seems impossible that it wasn’t sitting on his piano, waiting for Porter even before he wrote the lyric.” It has a certain literary fame as well: Holden Caulfield, in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, likes the song and notes that even the “stinking band” in the hotel lounge “couldn’t ruin it entirely.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Just One Of Those Things” 1957 for the album The Beat of My Heart, which used percussionists from around the world. This song featured drummer Art Blakey. The arrangement was written by Ralph Sharon.
“Just One Of Those Things,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from iTunes.
Today we honor the composer Cole Porter, who was born on June 9, 1891. I don’t believe his music will ever go out of style.