The song of the day for Monday, May 1, 2017 is “Waltz for Debby.”
About This Song
Bill Evans composed this song soon after leaving the armed services, in 1959. He wrote it for his young niece, Debby, the daughter of his brother Harry. With the lyrics by Gene Lees, “Waltz For Debby” became a standard for jazz and popular singers. Evans recorded this song for his album of the same name from 1964.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded “Waltz For Debby” for their first album The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album, released in 1975. Bennett had previously recorded “Waltz for Debby” in 1964 for the album Who Can I Turn To.
“Waltz for Debby,” as well as The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album, is available from iTunes. The Year of Tony Bennett strongly recommends the Complete Tony Bennett Bill Evans Recordings, also available from iTunes, as it not only contains the released material from both albums, but also a treasure trove of alternate takes.