The song of the day for Sunday, October 5, 2014 is “Day Dream.”
About This Song
“Day Dream” was written in 1941 by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, with lyrics by John LaTouche. Acknowledged to have been written solely by Strayhorn, “Day Dream” is a lovely song with a strong Strayhorn touch, enhanced by the thoughtful lyrics by John LaTouche. The first recording was in 1941 and featured Johnny Hodges on saxophone and Billy Strayhorn on piano. Other notable recordings include this one by Tony Bennett, Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Day Dream” in 1992 for his centennial tribute to Duke Ellington: Bennett Sings Ellington / Hot and Cool. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.
Your author has been listening to a lot of Billy Strayhorn lately. Next year will mark the centennial of the birth of two great jazz artists: Billy Strayhorn and Billie Holiday. I think it’s going to be a really great year for jazz as we all look back at how both of these artists defined the genre.
“Day Dream,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington / Hot and Cool, is available from iTunes.