The song of the day for Saturday, April 7, 2016 is “Cheek To Cheek.”
About This Song
Irving Berlin wrote “Cheek To Cheek” for the 1935 film Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, where it was introduced (beautifully) by Fred Astaire. Though the song was nominated for an Academy Award (it lost to “Lullaby Of Broadway”), it became a hit in 1935 and has remained popular to this day. Significant recordings include those by Harry James, Glenn Miller, Roy Eldridge, Bing Crosby and many, many more. Fans of the Tom Hanks’ movie The Green Mile might remember this song, as Top Hat is viewed in the prison. For many, it is one of the very first songs that comes to mind when one thinks of Fred Astaire and the 1930s Hollywood musical.
About This Version
Tony Bennett first recorded Cheek To Cheek in 1987 for his album Bennett/Berlin. This recording features George Benson on guitar.
“Cheek To Cheek,” as well as Bennett/Berlin, is available from iTunes.
Once again it’s video Saturday. Here’s a more recent version of today’s song, featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga from their PBS special.