The song of the day for February 11, 2014 is “Moonglow.”
About This Song
“Moonglow” was written in 1933, with music by Will Hudson and Irving Mills and lyrics by Eddie DeLange. It was first recorded by Joe Venuti. 1934 saw recordings by Ethel Waters and Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and the song has been part of the jazz canon ever since. The song became popular again in 1955 when it was used in the movie Picnic, which starred William Holden and Kim Novac, who danced to this song in the film. You can view a video of this scene from Picnic on YouTube.
About This Version
Today’s version of “Moonglow” is from the MTV Unplugged concert and features Tony Bennett in a duet with k.d. lang. This performance was the first time they sang together, and they’ve been singing together ever since.
We are pleased to choose this song today in honor of k.d. lang’s Broadway debut in After Midnight. For more information about her appearance in After Midnight, see k.d. lang Hits The Big White Way on this blog.
“Moonglow,” as well as the MTV Unplugged album, is available from iTunes.
And even though it’s not yet YouTube Saturday, we have a video of their performance from the concert.