The song of the day for Tuesday, May 20, 2014 is “Because Of You.”
About This Song
“Because Of You” was written in 1940 by Arthur Hammerstein (uncle to Oscar Hammerstein) and Dudley Wilkinson. The song didn’t take off, however, until Tony Bennett recorded it in April, 1951 and it shot to #1 on the charts and stayed there for two and half months.
About This Version
Couples since 1951 have had Tony Bennett’s 1951 version of “Because Of You” played at their wedding. Today, The Year of Tony Bennett is celebrating the wedding of their good friends Ken and Andy, who were among the first same-sex couples to get married in Oregon today. We dedicate this version of “Because of You” to these two great guys; we are so happy for you. So, for Ken and Andy, here are Tony Bennett and k.d. lang singing “Because Of You” from the 2006 album Duets: An American Classic.
“Because Of You,” as well as Duets: An American Classic, is available from iTunes.