The song of the day for Saturday, November 22, 2014 is “But Beautiful.”
About This Song
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, “But Beautiful” was written for Bing Crosby to sing in the 1947 movie The Road to Rio. The song has been widely recorded, including recordings by Bill Evans, Johnny Hartman, Billie Holiday, Gregory Porter, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett and Bill Evans.
About This Version
Today’s version the duet with Lady Gaga from the recently released album Cheek To Cheek. Even though I am devoted to the recording Bennett made with Bill Evans, this one is also quite excellent; I love hearing the perspective of the singer change over the intervening years. Lady Gaga is damned swell too. It’s definitely one of my favorites from their album.
If today is Saturday, there must be a video. Here’s the video that Tony and Lady Gaga made for today’s song.
“But Beautiful,” as well as Cheek To Cheek, is available from iTunes.