The song of the day for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 is “I’m Just A Lucky So And So.”
About This Song
Duke Ellington wrote “I’m Just A Lucky So And So” in 1945; the lyrics were written by Mack David. A favorite song of Tony Bennett, “I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So” has also been recorded by Billy Eckstine, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
About This Version
Tony Bennett first recorded “I’m Just A Lucky So And So” in 1956 for his album Tony and included it in his legendary 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall. Today’s version, though, is from 1999 for the album Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool.
Ralph Burns, our musical collaborator of the month, did the arrangement and it’s really spectacular. Burns has a special feel for the jazz band: there is nothing timid about this arrangement. It’s bold and muscular without stepping on the vocalist. That band is so solid and has a great forward-moving energy. This collaboration of Burns and Bennett doing Duke Ellington is why I love this album so.
“I’m Just A Lucky So And So,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available from iTunes.