The song of the day for Monday, December 9, 2013 is “Because of You.”
About This Song
“Because of You” was written in 1940 by Arthur Hammerstein (uncle of Oscar Hammerstein II) and Dudley Wilkinson. The song languished until Tony Bennett recorded it in 1951. Other recordings include those by Gloria DeHaven, Louis Armstrong and Connie Francis.
About This Version
I absolutely love Tony Bennett’s recording of this song, which he recorded in 1951 and which also became a monster hit for him. It was arranged and conducted (and chosen) by Percy Faith. This recording will never grow old; it’s as relevant today as it was in 1951 and will remain so for decades to come. Faith’s orchestration is really superb; it could have been ruined easily with over-orchestrated strings, but instead remains fresh. I hope you enjoy listening today as much I will.
“Because of You,” as well as the other songs on The Columbia Singles, Volume 1, is available from iTunes.