The song of the day for Saturday, March 22, 2014 is “Sing You Sinners.”
About This Song
Sing You Sinners was written by W. Franke Harling and Sam Coslow and used in the 1930 film Honey, starring Lillian Roth. Even though Bing Crosby starred in a 1938 musical called Sing You Sinners, this song was not used in that film.
About This Version
This version is the first and the best. Tony Bennett recorded Sing You Sinners in July, 1950; it was released in October of that year. It features a great arrangement by Marty Manning. Unlike some of the recordings that he made when he first started recording with Columbia, this song sounds more like the Tony Bennett we know today than the early singer. I think it has everything to do with the material. He might have first recorded this song in any decade of his career and I doubt if it would sound much different than this version. And it’s a great song … then and now. He regularly sings this song in concert and still swings it hard!
“Sing You Sinners,” as well as the singles collected on The Columbia Singles, Volume 1, is available from iTunes.
For you YouTube viewing pleasure, here is “Sing You Sinners” sung by Tony Bennett and John Legend.