The song of the day for Sunday, June 15, 2014 is “Dream Dancing.”
About This Song
Cole Porter wrote “Dream Dancing” for the 1941 movie You’ll Never Get Rich. It was to be sung by Fred Astaire to his co-star, Rita Hayworth, followed by a dance to the music. The singing of the song was cut, leaving just the instrumental dance number. Astaire liked the song and recorded it, but it came out during an ASCAP strike and got no radio play as a result. Porter used it again in 1957 for This Could Be The Night in a nightclub scene.
In spite of a slow beginning due to these circumstances, the song gradually caught on and has been adopted as a jazz standard. It’s a quite lovely ballad that works well as both as instrumental and a vocal. In addition to this recording by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, “Dream Dancing” has been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and George Shearing and Zoot Sims.
About This Version
“Dream Dancing” is from Bennett’s and Evans’ second album, Together Again, released in 1977.
“Dream Dancing,” as well as the album Together Again, is available from iTunes.