The song of the day for Sunday, September 11, 2016 is “Strike Up The Band.”
About This Song
George and Ira Gershwin wrote “Strike Up the Band” for the 1927 musical of the same name. Although Strike Up the Band was not a big hit on Broadway, the song became extremely popular. When Gershwin moved to Los Angeles, he was approached by UCLA to help with a fight song and so he contributed “Strike Up the Band for UCLA”, which is still played at all football and home basketball games at the university.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Strike Up The Band” in 1959 with Count Basie and His Orchestra for their album Basie/Bennett.
“Strike Up The Band,” as well as Basie/Bennett, is available from iTunes.