The song of the day for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 is “Skylark.”
About This Song
“Skylark” was composed by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was published in 1941. Mercer is said to have worked on the lyrics for “Skylark” over a year. It is also said that he wrote the lyrics to express his feelings for Judy Garland, with whom he had been involved. Whether true or not, the song and the lyrics are outstanding and it easily became a jazz and popular standard.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Skylark” in 1959 with Ralph Sharon in the recording session for their album Tony Sings For Two. “Skylark” was not included on the original release of the album, but was included in a later CD re-release.
“Skylark,” as well as the album Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.