The song of the day for Sunday, September 1, 2013 is “September Song.”
About This Song
“September Song” was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for the 1938 Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday. The song was introduced in the musical by Walter Huston. The song has been widely sung since it was written, with significant recordings by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, in addition to Tony Bennett’s fine recording.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “September Song” for his 1960 album To My Wonderful One. He also included this recording on the Forty (and Fifty) Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett box sets. In the liner notes for the box set, Bennett writes:
I was very influenced by the way Walter Huston, who created it in Knickerbocker Holiday, interpreted this song: you can hear some of the same sweet bitterness in my own performance. This song also makes me appreciate the genius of Kurt Weill.
“September Song” was arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol; the album was produced by Mitch Miller and Al Ham.