The song of the day for Saturday, August 16, 2014 is “Anything Goes.”
About This Song
“Anything Goes” was written by Cole Porter for the 1934 Broadway musical of the same name. The song is sung by the female star, Reno Sweeney, played by Ethel Merman. It was a big hit on Broadway, becoming the fourth long-running musical of the 1930s. It has had many successful revivals, most recently in 2011 by New York’s Roundabout Theater, starring Sutton Foster. Including the original production, revivals and film and television, there are fifteen different cast recordings.
The title song has proven quite popular and is one of Porter’s more popular songs. It’s been recorded many times, by artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Stan Gets and Gerry Mulligan to Frank Sinatra to The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
About This Version
Today’s version is from Tony Bennett’s 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall, arranged by Ralph Sharon. Bennett also recorded it in 1958 with Count Basie for Basie/Bennett.
“Anything Goes,” as well as the complete version of Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.
YouTube Saturday Video
For our Saturday video, we’re happy to feature the video preview of the new Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga album, Cheek to Cheek, due out next month on September 23, 2014. This video, as well as the release of the single on iTunes, is a sweet teaser for what is sure to be a great album.