The song of the day for Wednesday, December 3, 2014 is “The Man That Got Away.”
About This Song
Composed by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin, “The Man That Got Away” was written for Judy Garland for the 1954 version of A Star Is Born, with James Mason. Her performance of the song is legendary in film history, with 27 takes in three days, three separate sessions, and two different directors. The filmed scene is brilliant and made the song a huge hit for Garland, who sang it in most of her concerts.
About This Version
Tony Bennett’s recording of “The Man That Got Away” is from one of my favorite of his albums: Tony Sings For Two. Just Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon on piano, singing and playing some of the greatest songs from the American Songbook. What more could you want?
Nothing special about today, other than I’ve been wanting to hear some Harold Arlen. Which is, of course, not special for me at all. I absolutely adore his songs and today’s song is at the top of my list. Hope you don’t mind a little Harold Arlen today too.
“The Man That Got Away,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.