The song of the day for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 is “Time After Time.”
About This Song
“Time After Time” was composed in 1947 by Jule Styne, with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. The song was written for the film It Happened In Brooklyn an was introduced by Frank Sinatra and also by Kathryn Grayson, who sang it later in the film. The song is a wonderful ballad with a beautiful theme. In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder said this of the song:
It’s a strong, pure, dramatic, uncluttered, unselfconscious melody. It bespeaks personal involvement and great warmth. I know of no other ballad by Styne equal to it. I’d have been proud to have written it.
High praise, indeed.
About This Version
Tony Bennett has recorded “Time After Time” several times, most recently for his 1992 album Perfectly Frank; he also sang it at The Sahara in Las Vegas, captured on the recently released Tony Bennett Live at The Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964. However, today’s version is his first, recorded in 1958 for his fourth 12″ LP record Long Ago … And Far Away. It’s early Tony Bennett and it’s wonderful. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and features Frank DeVol and His Orchestra. DeVol did all the arrangements for the album.
“Time After Time,” as well as the album Long Ago And Far Away, is available from iTunes.