The song of the day for Sunday, November 24, 2013 is “Caravan.”
About This Song
“Caravan” was written in 1936 by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, with lyrics by Irving Mills. The song is often performed as an instrumental, which was the original intent (as is with many Ellington songs). “Caravan” was a standard for the Ellington orchestras over the years. It has strong place in the jazz repertoire (ranking #17 at jazzstandards.com). In addition to many fine recordings of this song by Duke Ellington, “Caravan” was recorded by several bands in the 1930s, including Bunny Berigan and Benny Goodman.
About This Version
Today’s version of “Caravan” is from Tony Bennett’s unreleased album On the Glory Road. It was recorded in March, 1962 and was arranged and conducted by Ralph Sharon. This album featured Chico Hamilton on drums. Bennett recorded this song again in 1999 for Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool.
“Caravan,” as well as the previously unreleased album On The Glory Road, is available from iTunes.