The Song of the Day for September 22, 2012 is Street of Dreams.
About Street of Dreams
This song was written by Victor Young in 1932, with lyrics by Sam M. Lewis
About This Version
We conclude Ralph Sharon Week at the Year of Tony Bennett with this beautiful song from the 1962 Tony Sings for Two. Their collaboration on this album was quite extraordinary and this album more than stands up to the so-called test of time. It features two extraordinary musicians taking a chance on an intimate album that went against all the common wisdom of the time.
In his autobiography, Tony Bennett says:
We booked time in the studio and pored over music books, trying one tune after another. The arrangements were spontaneous, and finished each song in one or two takes. In one afternoon we laid down sixteen tunes–which must be some kind of record–twelve of which made it into the album, which became 1961’s Tony Sings for Two. Mitch Miller showed up at the start of these sessions, furious that I was really going through with it. When he saw there was no dissauding me, he turned to Frank Laico and said, “I’m leaving. I can’t support this.” Tony Sings For Two turned out to be one of my finest albums ever.
It has been an honor to recognize the work that Ralph Sharon did with Tony Bennett over the years. I do believe that they made each other better. And they made a lot of beautiful music.
And so, here’s the lovely Street of Dreams. Thanks, Ralph.