The song of the day for Wednesday, October 15, 2014 is “The Rules of the Road.”
About This Song
“Rules of the Road” was written in 1961 by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. While Coleman and Leigh are best-known for their scores for Broadway musicals, such as Little Me and Wildcat, “Rules of the Road” was not written for a show. 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.
About This Version
Today’s version of “The Rules of the Road” is the first (and the best, in my opinion): recorded in 1961 and included on the 1962 album I Left My Heart In San Francisco. The arrangement is by Ralph Burns, who also arranged Bennett’s 1959 album Hometown, My Town.
No special reason for today, other than I absolutely love this song and it’s been at least a couple of months since I’ve featured it. Hope you enjoy it!
“Rules of the Road,” as well as the album I Left My Heart In San Francisco, is available from iTunes.