The song of the day for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, is “Begin the Beguine.”
About This Song
“Begin the Beguine” was written by Cole Porter for the 1935 musical Jubilee. The song has an unusual structure, having a 108 measure length, as opposed to the standard 32-bar structure of most popular music. One of the earliest popular recordings was Artie Shaw’s instrumental in 1938.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Begin the Beguine” 63 years ago today, on October 21, 1967, for his album The Beat of My Heart. This song was not included on the original album but was added to the first CD release. The recording was arranged by Ralph Sharon. For The Beat of My Heart, Bennett invited drummers and percussionists to participate in the recordings for the album; this song featured drummer Jo Jones.
“Begin the Beguine,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from Apple Music.