The song of the day for Friday, May 16, 2014 is “Don’t Like Goodbyes.”
About This Song
“Don’t Like Goodbyes” was written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Arlen and Truman Capote, for the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers, based on Capote’s novella of the same name. The song was introduced by Pearl Bailey. While the musical was not well-reviewed, the Arlen-Capote score is quite wonderful, including not only today’s song but the exquisite “A Sleepin’ Bee,” which Tony Bennett has recorded twice (in 1959 for Tony Sings For Two and at the 1962 Carnegie Hall concert).
About This Version
Today’s song is from Tony Bennett’s 2004 masterful The Art of Romance and was beautifully arranged by Jorge Calandrelli. The Art of Romance was not the first Tony Bennett I listened to, but it most definitely is the album that won my heart; all the rest followed along soon afterwards. It will always be on my desert island list of CDs. The album was produced by Phil Ramone and features the quartet of Lee Musker on piano, Gray Sargent on guitar, Paul Langosch on bass and Clayton Cameron on drums.
“Don’t Like Goodbyes,” as well as The Art of Romance, is available from iTunes.