The song of the day for Sunday, April 20, 2014 is “The Rules of the Road.”
About This Song
While Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh are best-known for their scores for Broadway musicals, such as Little Me and Wildcat, “The Rules of the Road” was not written for a show. The song was written in 1961. In addition to several recordings by Tony Bennett, the song has also been recorded by Lena Horne, Shirley Horne, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney. But as far as I’m concerned, Tony Bennett completely owns this song.
About This Version
Yes, this may very well be my favorite Tony Bennett song. A few months ago, I featured the version from I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Today’s version is from When Lights Are Low. No big orchestra, no big brassy open. Just Ralph Sharon, Billy Exiner and Hal Gaylord. It’s intimate and personal. And kind of wonderful.
“The Rules of the Road,” as well as the album When Lights Are Low, is available from iTunes.