The song of the day for Wednesday, October 26, 2016 is “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road).”
About This Song
“One For The Road” was written for the 1943 film The Sky’s The Limit, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire. Harold Arlen called this song one of his “tapeworms” as at 48 bars, it was longer than the standard 32 bar popular song. Alec Wilder, in American Popular Song, says that “the honors must go the lyric. … Just imagine having the acuity and courage to start a song, as Mercer does, with “It’s a quarter to three”!
About This Version
Tony Bennett has recorded this song several times. Today I chose his live version from his famous 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall. It’s the best of the best!
“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” as well as Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.
Tonight I’ll be seeing Tony Bennett in concert here in Portland, Oregon. It’s been two years since I’ve seen him in concert and I’m really looking forward to the concert!