The song of the day for Monday, September 2, 2013 is “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”
About This Song
“On the Sunny Side of the Street” was written in 1930 for Lew Leslie’s International Revue, with music by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The song quickly became a jazz standard and was recorded by Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Willie Nelson. In addition to this recording, Tony Bennett also recorded it as a duet with Willie Nelson on Duets II.
About This Version
Today’s version is from one my favorite of Tony’s albums from the late 1960s: the 1967 Tony Makes It Happen! The entire album was arranged and conducted by Marion Evans and was produced by Howard Roberts. The entire album is really terrific, but other standouts include “The Lady’s In Love With You,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Old Devil Moon.” Highly recommended by the opinionated author at The Year of Tony Bennett.