The song of the day for Wednesday, October 8, 2014 is “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”
About This Song
“Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, was one of the hit songs from the 1940 musical Pal Joey, where it was introduced by Vivienne Segal. Notable recordings are by Benny Goodman, Mel Tormé, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Alec Wilder admired the lyric and the verse, but found the song “notey.” In spite of being notey, it’s a cornerstone of the American Songbook.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” in 1959 for his wonderful album with pianist Ralph Sharon for their album Tony Sings For Two, released in 1961. The album is a marvel, especially when you consider that Bennett and Sharon walked into the studio with a large assortment of sheet music, selected nineteen songs and recorded them all in a single session. It is, to this author, one of his finest albums.