The song of the day for Wednesday, October 29, 2014 is “That Ole Devil Called Love.”
About This Song
“That Ole Devil Called Love” was written in 1945 by Doris Fisher (music) and Allan Roberts (lyrics). Composer Doris Fisher, daughter of songwriter Fred Fisher, was so popular in the 1940s that she was called “Queen of the Jukebox.” She often wrote with Allan Roberts. Other of her songs include “You Always Hurt The One You Love.”
About This Version
Today’s version of “That Ole Devil Called Love” is from Tony Bennett On Holiday, released in 1997. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, who also conducted the orchestra. Tony Bennett won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for this album.
No special anniversaries or other notable events connected to today’s song. It’s just that I spent most of the day listening to Billie Holiday and when this song popped up on my playlist, my mood took an amazing upswing. No reason, other than it’s a terrific song, whether it’s sung by Billie Holiday or Tony Bennett. Someone who visited our sister site, The Interactive Tony Bennett Discography, noted that of all the singers who have made albums in tribute to Billie Holiday, that “Tony Bennett’s tribute to Lady Day rang truer than all of the other attempts.”
“That Ole Devil Called Love,” as well as the album Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.