The song of the day for Thursday, April 24, 2014 is “This Can’t Be Love.”
About This Song
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote “This Can’t Be Love” in 1938 for the Broadway musical The Boys From Syracuse, based on William Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors. It is one of their most joyous and least ironic love songs. Both Benny Goodman and Eddy Duchin recorded the song in the late 1930s. In addition to Tony Bennett’s fine recording here, “This Can’t Be Love” has also been recorded by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Diana Krall.
About This Version
Today’s song is from Tony Bennett’s wonderful album Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs, released on his own Improv label. This album, as well as the follow-on Tony Bennett Sings … More Great Rodgers & Hart, features the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, with Braff on cornet, Barnes on guitar, Wayne Wright on guitar and John Guiffrida on bass. It’s a remarkable sound for the selection of Rodgers and Hart songs as well as Bennett’s voice.
“This Can’t Be Love,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.