The Song of the Day for Tuesday, November 6, 2012 is Solitude.
Solitude was written in 1934 by Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, with lyrics by Eddie DeLange. It’s one the Duke’s best songs and is a jazz standard. It’s been recorded by Paul Robeson, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Scott, Terrace Blanchard and many more. The song is primarily associated with Billy Holiday, who recorded it in 1941.
About This Version
This version of Solitude was recorded in 1958 with the Count Basie Orchestra and originally appeared on In Person! We link to the same recording, compiled on the recently release album, From Now On.
Tony Bennett’s Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool is an exceptional album, with a wonderful selection of Ellington songs. Alas, it’s not available on Spotify, but The Year of Tony Bennett recommends this album highly. It is available on Amazon, both on CD and MP3s. It is also available on iTunes.