The song of the day for Monday, May 5, 2014 is “That Old Black Magic.”
About This Song
“That Old Black Magic” was written in 1942 by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. It had its first recording that year by the Glenn Miller Orchestra and was also used in the 1942 movie Star Spangled Rhythm. Fans of Marilyn Monroe might remember her singing this song in the 1956 film Bus Stop. It has been widely recorded by jazz and popular musicians steadily since written. Some of the best recordings include those by Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Horn, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton.
About This Version
Today’s version is from the recently released Bennet & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962 and is an improvisation by Bennett with Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello on drums and Eugene Wright on bass. This version swings very nicely and is a real delight to listen to.
“That Old Black Magic,” as well as Bennet & Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962, is available at iTunes.