The song of the day for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 is “Love For Sale.”
About This Song
Cole Porter wrote “Love For Sale” in 1930 for the Broadway musical The New Yorkers. The song was sung by a prostitute advertising her services. The song was considered rather scandalous at the time. In fact, for the production of The New Yorkers, it was supposed to be sung by the white star Kathryn Crawford, but the song was assigned to an African-American singer instead. In spite of being banned from play on the radio, “Love For Sale” has had many fine recordings, including those by Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Miles Davis
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Love For Sale” in 1957 for his third album: The Beat of My Heart. For this album, Tony Bennett and his new pianist, Ralph Sharon, gathered drummers and percussionists from all over the world to collaborate on the album. “Love For Sale” featured Candido, Sabu and Billy Exiner.
“Love For Sale,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from iTunes.