The song of the day for Tuesday, December 31, 2013 is “Penthouse Serenade.”
About This Song
“Penthouse Serenade” was written in 1931 by Will Jason and Val Burton. It is one the classic Depression-era songs with the yearning for the glamorous Manhattan apartment by the poor, yet romantic, couple. The first known use of “Penthouse Serenade” was for the 1933 animated short Betty Boop’s Penthouse, where it was sung by Mae Questel. In addition to Tony Bennett’s recording, Nat King Cole recorded it in 1952 as a piano solo for an album of the same name.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Penthouse Serenade” in 1959 for his album Hometown, My Town. It is really wonderful with a brilliant arrangement by Ralph Burns.
“Penthouse Serenade,” as well as the album Hometown, My Town, is available from iTunes.