The song of the day for Wednesday, February 12, 2014 is “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
About This Song
“On The Sunny Side of the Street” was written by Jimmy McHugh with lyrics by Dorothy Fields in 1930. It was introduced in Lew Leslie’s International Revue. The song was one of the first in a series of cheerful songs to try to cheer people up over the Great Depression. It has proven popular with singers, who love the wonderful Fields lyrics, and jazz players, who love McHugh’s swingy tune.
About This Version
Today’s version of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” is from Bennett’s 1967 album Tony Makes It Happen! This song, as well as the entire album, was arranged and conducted by Marion Evans. Howard Roberts produced the album.
We choose this song, in part, as it is one of the four songs that k.d. lang sang last night in her Broadway debut in After Midnight.
“On the Sunny Side of the Street,” as well as the album Tony Makes It Happen!, is available from iTunes.