The song of the day for Monday, March 14, 2016 is “Walkin’ Happy.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Walkin’ Happy,” was written in 1959 by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. This song was originally written for a Fred Astaire film that was never made. It sat in the trunk for a few years until 1966, when is was used in their musical Walkin’ Happy.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Walkin’ Happy” in 1998 for his children’s album, The Playground. The song was not used in the album, but became available in 2011 with the release of the Tony Bennett Complete Collection box set on the disc Rarities, Outtakes and Other Delights, Vol. 2. It features the Ralph Sharon Quartet, with Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Clayton Cameron (drums).
“Walking’ Happy,” as well as the songs collected on Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2, is available from iTunes.
After a short but painful spell of gout in my left foot, I, too, am walking happy and am glad, literally, to be back on my feet. Thanks for all the well wishes!
Oh, and Happy Pi Day.