The song of the day for Monday, November 20, 2017 is “All In Fun.”
About This Song
“All in Fun” was written in 1939 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for the Broadway musical Very Warm For May. Though the show was not well-reviewed, the score contained some wonderful songs including this one and “All The Things You Are.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “All In Fun” in 2004 for his album The Art of Romance. The arrangement is by Lee Musiker.
This is the album that, overnight, turned me from a Tony Bennett fan into the Tony Bennett enthusiast I am today. For the first couple of months after this album was released, I listened to it every day and some days two or three times. It’s the album I buy for friends who I want to introduce to Tony Bennett. Bennett’s in wonderful voice for this album; that and the combination of the remarkable arc of songs that take the listener through all of the stages of a romance in 11 songs is, well, perfect.
Did I mention that I really like this album? I’m also mad about the album cover as well.
On yeah … it also won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album.
“All In Fun,” as well as The Art of Romance, is available from iTunes.