The song of the day for Thursday, March 6, 2014 is “I’ll Be Seeing You.”
About This Song
“I’ll Be Seeing You” was written in 1938 by Sammy Fain, with lyrics by Irving Kahal. It was used for the short-lived Broadway musical Right This Way. This song became quite popular during World War II, as it spoke so eloquently to the feelings of soldiers serving overseas and the people left behind at home. Bing Crosby recorded this song in 1944 and Frank Sinatra recorded it several times. Other notable recordings include those by Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughan.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song in 1992 for his album Perfectly Frank, which consists of songs sung and associated with Frank Sinatra. The album won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. I won’t argue with the Grammy voters; it’s an extraordinary album. The album was arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon. The Ralph Sharon Trio, with Paul Langosch on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums, provide fantastic accompaniment. Additionally, Frank Laico, who recorded most of Tony Bennett’s song during the 1950s and 1960s came out of retirement to engineer the album. Perfectly Frank is, frankly, pretty near perfect.
“I’ll Be Seeing You,” as well as the album Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.