The song of the day for Friday, August 22, 2014 is “I Cover The Waterfront.”
About This Song
Today’s song was composed by Johnny Green with lyrics by Edward Heyman (the same songwriting team that gave us “Body and Soul”). “I Cover the Waterfront” was inspired by the 1932 novel of the same name by Max Miller, which was also made into a film and re-scored just prior to release to include the Johnny Green song. It has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and even John Lee Hooker.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “I Cover The Waterfront” for his 1959 theme album about his home city: Hometown, My Town. The album was arranged and conducted by Ralph Burns; I love the arrangements: they are so evocative of New York in the late 1950s. This is one of my favorite of Bennett’s early albums.
“I Cover The Waterfront,” as well as the album Hometown, My Town, is available from iTunes.