The song of the day for Wednesday, July 5, 2017 is “Because Of You.”
About This Song
“Because of You” was written in 1940 by Arthur Hammerstein (Oscar’s uncle) and Dudley Wilkinson.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Because of You” on April 4, 1951. It was arranged by Percy Faith and produced by Mitch Miller. The song was Bennett’s first major hit.
Tony Bennett relates in his book The Good Life:
By the spring of 1951, I was told that if I didn’t get a hit soon I’d be dropped from the label. I went into Percy’s office and he said, “In this next session you really have to deliver. We have only three songs ready, so we need another song.” I remember that he looked through a bunch of sheet music on his desk, grabbed a song, and said, “Well, let’s do this one.” That song was “Because Of You.”
“Because Of You,” as well as all of the singles collected on The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.