The song of the day for Monday, January 15, 2018 is “The Girl I Love.”
About This Song
“The Girl I Love” was written in 1924 by George and Ira Gershwin. The song was originally written for the 1924 Broadway musical Lady, Be Good, though it was cut from that production. It was used again in 1927 for Strike Up The Band, but that production closed out of town. The lyrics were revised to “The Man I Love” for the 1928 Rosalie, but was cut from that production as well. In spite of all that, it rightly has its place as one of the great songs in the American Songbook. Notable recordings include those by Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Helen Morgan and many, many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this terrific version of “The Girl I Love” in 1989 for Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. The arrangement was done by Jorge Calandrelli.
“The Girl I Love,” as well as Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.