In honor of Mr. Bennett’s appearance tonight in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the song of the day for Thursday, December 6, 2012, is Cold, Cold Heart, sung with Argentine superstar Vincentico on the recently released Viva Duets.
About Cold, Cold Heart
Cold, Cold Heart was written in 1951 by Hank Williams. Interestingly, it appeared on the B-side of single release, with Dear John on the A-side. In spite of being on the B-side, the song became a favorite of disk jockeys and jukebox listeners. Tony Bennett famously recorded the song in the same year, with an arrangement by Percy Faith. Cold, Cold Heart was one of the first country-western songs that crossed over into popular music, thanks to Mr. Bennett’s recording. It’s a heartbreaker of a song, which I’m sure contributes to its popularity 62 years after its release.
In fact, Google used the 1951 Tony Bennett recording of the song for its Valentine’s Day animated doodle in 2012, shown in this video:
About This Version
For Viva Duets, the Argentine star Vincentico sang Cold, Cold Heart with Mr. Bennett. This version features very nice guitar work from Gray Sargent.
Cold, Cold Heart, as well as the entire Viva Duets album, is available from iTunes.