The song of the day for Saturday, January 25, 2014 is “The Man That Got Away.”
About This Song
“The Man That Got Away” was written by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin for Judy Garland for the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, with James Mason. Her performance of the song is legendary in film history, with 27 takes in three days, three separate sessions, and two different directors. The filmed scene is brilliant and made the song a huge hit for Garland, who sang it in most of her concerts.
About This Version
My friends, especially my co-blogger, know how much I love this song. Tony recorded this song with Ralph Sharon for their 1961 album Tony Sings For Two. I’ve always found it amazing that Tony and Ralph just headed into the studio with a couple of briefcases full of sheet music and, in a single session, chose, arranged and recorded sixteen tracks, twelve of which appear on this album. An album that is not only one of his best albums, but is completely sublime — now and forever.
“The Man That Got Away,” as well as the album Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.
I spent the afternoon at the office listening to the Judy Garland Carnegie Hall concert on my iPod. To acknowledge not only Judy, but her wonderful performance of this song, our video for YouTube Saturday is Judy Garland from the 1954 A Star Is Born. And, a former professional lighting designer, it’s one of the most beautifully lit scenes I’ve seen in a film. In my humble opinion.