The song of the day for Tuesday, October 14, 2014 is “Make Someone Happy.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Make Someone Happy” was composed by the great Jule Styne with lyrics from the equally great Adolph Green and Betty Comden. The song is from their 1960 Broadway musical Do, Re, Mi. The original production starred Phil Silvers, who goes into the jukebox business with some gangsters. Finally he realizes that he has all he needs in his marriage. “Make Someone Happy” was sung by John Reardon and Nancy Dussault in the original production. Silvers’ wife was played by Nancy Walker. I’d love to see a cast like that in a Broadway musical again.
About This Version
Tony Bennett sang an upbeat version of this song in 1962 at the Bennett and Brubeck concert for the White House interns; this album was recently released as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962. Today’s version is from Bennett’s second album with Bill Evans: Together Again. Both versions are great; the second one breaks my heart a little, though. Which I really like once in a while.
“Make Someone Happy,” as well as the album Together Again, is available from iTunes.