The song of the day for Friday, July 26, 2019, is “Blue Velvet.”
About This Song
“Blue Velvet” was written in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. Tony Bennett’s 1951 recording of “Blue Velvet” was the first recording of the song and was one of his early hits for Columbia.
About This Version
“Blue Velvet” was recorded on July 17, 1951, and was released as a single that same year. It was arranged by Percy Faith. Tony tells this story in his autobiography, The Good Life:
Mitch Miller customarily reserved Monday afternoons to audition new material, and songwriters and demo singers lined up the entire length of the hall outside Mitch’s office. When songwriter Bernie Wayne got his chance to play “Blue Velvet” for Mitch, he got as far as the first line, “She wore blue velvet …” when Mitch interrupted an said, “How about Tony Bennett?” Bernie said, “Don’t you want to hear the rest of the song?” and Mitch answered, “Quit while you’re ahead.”
“Blue Velvet,” as well as The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.