The song of the day for Thursday, May 5, 2016 is “The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On).”
About This Song
Today’s song, “The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On),” was written in 1927 by Irving Berlin, with lyrics by Beda Loehner. It is one of the few of Berlin’s songs that he did not write the lyrics for.
In his book The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia, Thomas Hischak calls this song “… an Irving Berlin standard whose title has been called the theme of all popular music, a chilling number in which both the lover and the ballad that was ‘their song’ is gone; yet neither can be forgotten because they remain in one’s memory.” This song was recorded in 1927 by Ruth Etting and has remained popular over the years with recordings by Dick Haymes, Dizzy Gillespie, Jeri Southern, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole and many more.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Song Is Ended” in 1987 for his album Bennett/Berlin. The trumpet is by Bennett’s friend, the great Dizzy Gillespie.
“The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On),” as well as Bennett/Berlin, is available from iTunes.