The Song of the Day for Friday, November 23, 2012 is Emily.
Emily was written by Johnny Mercer, with lyrics by Johnny Mandel. It was the theme song for the 1964 film The Americanization of Italy, starring Julie Andrews, who introduced the song.
One my Tony Bennett Twitter fans told me this evening that this song is “…Mandel’s greatest song, and one of Mercer’s best.” I couldn’t agree more. And as we are still celebrating Johnny Mercer Week and as today is also Mr. Mandel’s birthday, I can’t think of a more perfect song for today.
About This Version
Today’s version of Emily comes from Bennett’s 1966 The Movie Song Album and was arranged and conducted by Mr. Mandel. It’s an exquisite recording; I hope you all like it as much as I do.