The song of the day for Tuesday, August 19, 2014 is “What A Little Moonlight Can Do.”
About This Song
This charming song was written by Harry Woods while he was living and working in temporarily in London for a British film studio as a composer. One of the songs he wrote was “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” for a movie called Roadhouse. Billie Holiday, with Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra, recorded the song in 1935.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded today’s song in 1996 for his tribute album to Billie Holiday: Tony Bennett On Holiday. This album presents a side of Lady Day that I appreciate. Sure, we hear a lot of her soul-searching songs, but also the light, sweet and cheerful standards that she also sang to great effect, including this one. Bobby Tucker, who played piano for Billie Holiday, served as consultant for this album, which was a brilliant stroke.
One of the readers on our sister site, The Interactive Tony Bennett Discography, said that “I was surprised to discover that Tony Bennett’s tribute to Lady Day rang truer than all of the other attempts to politicize her, racialize her, or use her as a self-promotional ‘career stepping stone.'” I couldn’t agree more. It’s about the music. It always is.
Tony Bennett did the painting of Billie Holiday that is used on the cover of Tony Bennett On Holiday.
“What A Little Moonlight Can Do,” as well as the album Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.