The song of the day for Thursday, December 7, 2017 is “Once Upon a Time.”
About This Song
“Once Upon a Time” was written for the 1962 Ray Bolger musical All American by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. The song was introduced by Bolger and Eileen Herlie. While the musical was not a major smash hit, the song is quite lovely. In addition to Tony Bennett’s fine recording, it was also recorded by Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Howard Keel, Bobby Darrin and Mandy Patinkin.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Once Upon a Time” in 1962, with an arrangement by Marty Manning. It was first released as a single on the A side; the B side was some song about San Francisco … “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Needless to say, “Once Upon a Time,” which was and still is a beautiful recording, was outshone by the B side. Both songs were later released on the album I Left My Heart in San Francisco. When I first heard this song and this recording, I thought it was one of the romantic songs I had ever heard. Well, I was only 12, but it is a very nice song.
“Once Upon a Time,” as well as I Left My Heart in San Francisco, is available from iTunes.