The song of the day for Sunday, September 24, 2017 is “The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).”
About This Song
“The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)” was written in 1927 by Irving Berlin and with lyrics by Beda Loehner. 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 this song for his 1987 album Bennett/Berlin. The Ralph Sharon Trio (featuring Sharon on piano, Paul Langosh on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums) and Dizzy Gillespie joined Bennett for this recording.
“The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On),” as well as Bennett/Berlin, is available from iTunes.