The song of the day for Tuesday, June 10, 2014 is “The Man That Got Away.”
The Year of Tony Bennett is pleased to feature this song in tribute to the late Judy Garland, who was born on June 10, 1922.
About This Song
“The Man That Got Away” was written in 1953 for the movie A Star Is Born by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin; the song was written specifically for Judy Garland to sing. The filmed version of this song is one the greatest musical numbers ever filmed.
It’s also one of Arlen’s most popular songs and has been widely recorded by both women and men (though often as “The Gal That Got Away”) including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Cher and Ella Fitzgerald.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Man That Got Away” for one of my favorite of his albums: Tony Sings For Two. It’s just Tony Bennett accompanied by Ralph Sharon on piano and it’s about as perfect as can be.
“The Man That Got Away,” as well as the album Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.
And, because we are honoring Judy Garland today, here she is singing today’s song. From A Star Is Born: