The song of the day for Tuesday, October 29, 2013 is “The Song Is Ended.”
About This Song
“The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)” was written by Irving Berlin in 1927. Unlike practically every song that Berlin wrote, he did not write the lyrics, which were written by Beda Loehner. Interestingly, Ira Gershwin references the song title in the verse of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” where Gershwin wrote “the song is ended, but as the songwriter wrote, the melody lingers on.”
Dizzy Gillespie recorded this song for his 1966 album The Melody Lingers On. Other recordings include those by Louis Armstrong with The Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Jeri Southern.
While this song may not be one of Berlin’s most popular songs, it is one of his nicest and it swings very sweetly.
About This Version
Today’s version of this song is from Tony Bennett’s 1987 album Bennett/Berlin. The very nice trumpet work is from the one-and-only Dizzy Gillespie.
The Year of Tony Bennett apologizes for missing Dizzy Gillespie’s birthday last week; he was born on October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina. Your author had the great fortune to hear Gillespie at the Blues Alley jazz club in Georgetown, Washington DC in 1980 from the table closest to the band and got to meet Dizzy and the rest of the group. It was an evening I’ll never forget. Happy birthday, Dizzy!