The song of the day for Saturday, September 23, 2017 is “Autumn Leaves.”
About This Song
“Les feuilles mortes” (The Dead Leaves) in the original French, was written in 1945 by Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prévert. Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics in 1947 and the song was renamed as “Autumn Leaves.” Jo Stafford was the first artist to record the song with the English lyrics. Other notable recordings include those by Edith Piaf and Nat King Cole.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “Autumn Leaves” in 1964 for the album Who Can I Turn To, with an arrangement by George Siravo.
“Autumn Leave,” as well as Who Can I Turn To, is available from iTunes.
In keeping with today being the first full day of Fall, I’m delighted to present a video from Tony’s 1994 MTV Unplugged concert, featuring Bennett and The Ralph Sharon Trio playing a medley of “Autumn Leaves” and “Indian Summer.”