The song of the day for Monday, November 6, 2017 is “Exactly Like You.”
About This Song
“Exactly Like You” was written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields in 1930 for Lew Leslie’s International Revue, which also introduced “On The Sunny Side Of The Street.” While the reviewers were not kind to the production, the score was then, and remains still, quite noteworthy. Even though Fields’ lyrics for the song are very fine, the early recordings of the song were mostly instrumentals, such as that by Louis Armstrong. The song became popular again in 1936, with a fine recording by Benny Goodman that featured Lionel Hampton on the vibraphone, followed by the 1937 recording by Count Basie, which included the vocals by Jimmy Rushing. Later notable recordings include those by Carmen McRae (1954), Bing Crosby (1944), Patti Page (1949), Anita O’Day (1975), Nina Simone (1959) and Diana Krall (2006).
About This Version
Tony Bennett and k.d. lang recorded “Exactly Like You” in 2002 for their album dedicated to songs associated with Louis Armstrong: A Wonderful World. The musical director was Lee Musiker and Peter Matz conducted the orchestra.
“Exactly Like You,” as well as Exactly Like You, is available from iTunes.