The song of the day for Wednesday, April 9, 2014 is “My Heart Tells Me.”
About This Song
“My Heart Tells Me” was written by Harry Warren, with lyrics by Mack Gordon, for the 1943 movie Sweet Rosie O’Grady. The movie starred Betty Grable, who in fact introduced the song while sitting in bathtub filled with bubbles as part of a performance in a somewhat naughty beer hall show. The song has been widely recorded by artists including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, Glenn Miller, Dorothy Collins and Charlie Parker.
About This Version
Tony Bennett selected this song for his first album, Cloud 7, released in 1955. Having spent the first five years of his contract Columbia recording hit singles, Cloud 7 was the album that he had wanted to make — a solid jazz long-playing album with a solid group of jazz musicians. Jazz critic Thom Jurek said that ”The mood is nocturnal, elegant, amorous, hip.” As a first album by a young singer (Bennett was not even 30 when he made Cloud 7), it’s a remarkable album that defined Bennett not only as vastly popular singer, but a jazz artist with impeccable taste and true vision of his own artistry.
“My Heart Tells Me” was arranged by Charles Panely and featured Chuck Wayne on guitar.
“My Heart Tells Me,” as well as the album Cloud 7, is available from iTunes.