The song of the day for Friday, March 29, 2013 is Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
About This Song
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was written in 1932 by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. It’s been a popular standard for many years, with notable recordings by Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway and Ella Fitzgerald.
About This Version
If you’ve been following the song of the day for any time, you’ll know that I can’t go too long without a song by Harold Arlen. This song is from Tony Bennett’s 1964 album Who Can I Turn To. The album was arranged by George Siravo and played by the Ralph Sharon Trio (Hal Gaylord on bass and Billy Exiner on drums) with a not-overused orchestra. The whole album has a nice, easy jazz sound that I like a lot. This song is a lot of fun and while it may not be one of Arlen’s most famous songs, there’s a lot there. But again, that can be said about all of Arlen’s work.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, as well as the full Who Can I Turn To album, is available from iTunes.