The song of the day for Monday, December 8, 2014 is “The Right To Love.”
About This Song
The music for today’s song was composed by Lalo Schifrin in 1963. It was first recorded, without lyrics, in 1963 on an album called Reflections by Stan Getz and Lalo Schifrin. Tony Bennett liked the song from the beginning and suggested that Gene Lees write the lyrics. The resulting song is an anthem for “forbidden” love. At that time, most people associated the song with interracial relationships; in later years, it has been sung by gay singers. In addition to Bennett’s recording, this song has been recorded by Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and k.d. lang.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Right To Love” in 1965 for the album If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set, released that same year. The song was arranged and conducted by Don Costa.
In reviewing the analytics for this site, as well as for The Interactive Tony Bennett Discography, I have noticed much interest in this song in the past few weeks. For that reason, I’m quite pleased to feature it today.
“The Right To Love,” as well as If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set, is available from iTunes.