The song of the day for Sunday, November 17, 2013 is “Funny Thing.”
About This Song
“Funny Thing” was written in 1954 by Arthur Williams, with lyrics by Carl Sigman.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Funny Thing” in 1954 and released as a single that year. In his autobiography The Good Life, he relates while writing about 1954:
I was especially fond of a song I recorded that year called “Funny Thing,” which was credited to the excellent lyricist Carl Sigman and a little-known composer named “Arthur Williams.” Actually, “Arthur Williams” was a pseudonym adopted for publishing reasons by the great tunesmith and my great friend Jimmy Van Heusen. Van Heusen had also written “Somewhere Along The Way” in the same undercover fashion, and though also recorded that, the hit on that 1951 classic belonged to Nat “King” Cole. I thought “Funny Thing” was a great song and a likely hit, and I was disappointed when it didn’t go anywhere.
Tony Bennett was correct; it a great song and we’re happy to present it today.
“Funny Thing,” as well as the singles collection on The Columbia Singles, Vol. 3, is available from iTunes.