The song of the day for Monday, June 5, 2017 is “In A Mellow Tone.”
About This Song
Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone,” written in 1939, was based on the 1917 song “Rose Room” by Art Hickman and Harry Williams. Milt Gabler wrote the lyrics. The song is a favorite of both vocal and instrumental jazz performers, including Tony Bennett, Paul Gonsalves, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald and Annie Ross.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “In A Mellow Tone” in 1999 for his album of Duke Ellington songs, Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. Ralph Burns did the arrangement.
“In A Mellow Tone,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available from iTunes.