The song of the day for Sunday, November 13, 2016 is “Revolvin’ Jones.”
About This Song
“Revolvin’ Jones” was was written in 1940 by Will Robison, who met and collaborated with Jack Teagarden. Other well-known Robison songs include “A Cottage For Sale” and “Don’t Smoke in Bed.”
In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder wrote that “Everybody loved him and many tried to help him, among them John Mercer. Mildred Bailey revered him and sang every song of his she could lay her hands on. I became aware of him in the late twenties when he recorded for Perfect Records. He did manage, during his almost euphoric life, to write a few successful songs … but generally his songs were known only to a few singers and lovers of the off-beat and the non-urban song.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Revolvin’ Jones” in 1962 for the album On The Glory Road, though at the last minute Columbia decided to not release the album. Thankfully, this jewel of an album was included in Bennett’s 2011 Complete Collection and now is available for downloading on iTunes.
I adore this song. No matter how bad a mood I’m in, this song always makes me smile and laugh. I hope it does the same for you.
“Revolvin’ Jones,” as well as On The Glory Road, is available from iTunes.