The song of the day for Tuesday, January 3, 2017 is “Come Rain or Come Shine.”
About This Song
“Come Rain or Come Shine” was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer in 1946 for the musical St. Louis Woman. The song itself is rather unusual, in that the same note repeated 12 times in the first two measures. In spite of that repetition, or perhaps because of it, the song works very well for the singer. Al Gioia in Jazz Standards says that “this composition tends to resist grandstanding, and instead appeals to the more introspective improviser.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Come Rain or Come Shine” in 1960 for his album Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen. The arrangement is by Glenn Osser.
“Come Rain or Come Shine” as well as Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen, is available from iTunes.
Bill Hanson says
Thank you for the Tony Bennett songs. I started listening to him seriously in the 1960s thanks to a radio service called International Good Music out of Bellingham, Washington. They sent tapes to many radio stations throughout the northwest, and maybe beyond. They featured all the great vocalists along with current artists, e.g. Herb Alpert, The Brass Ring, Jamie and the Jay Sylvia Singers, etc. I have a box of about 50 Bennett LPs, my favorite being “The Movie Song Album” from 1966.
Thanks for your comment, Bill. I’m very glad you’re enjoying the site. The Movie Song Album is Bennett’s favorite of all his albums. It’s really wonderful!