The song of the day for Friday, May 9, 2014 is “Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me.”
About This Song
“Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me” was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1942 musical By Jupiter. The song was introduced by Constance Moore and then reprised later in the show by Ray Bolger. It was their last full-length work. In American Popular Music, Alec Wilder called this song “one of the loveliest songs Rodgers or any other theater writer has ever written. In the area of this form of music it is a masterpiece.”
About This Version
On October 28, 1959, Tony Bennett and his pianist and musical director, Ralph Sharon, walked into the famed CBS 30th Street Studio with a briefcase full of sheet music. Bennett says in his autobiography The Good Life that “I decided to go in the opposite direction from the big orchestral albums I’d been doing lately and cut an intimate piano-vocal album with Ralph Sharon.” Over the course of the afternoon, they would pull out a song and work up spontaneous arrangements and record the songs in just one or two takes. They recorded sixteen songs that day, twelve of which ended up on Tony Sings For Two. Bennett relates that Mitch Miller stormed out of the session in his frustration. Needless to say, Tony Sings For Two is one of the finest albums that Tony Bennett made during his entire career and is beloved by his fans and any one who loves the American Songbook. And I am glad that one of the songs they recorded is this lovely Rodgers and Hart song.
“Nobody’s Heart Belongs To Me,” as well as the album Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.