The song of the day for Saturday, September 12, 2015 is “But Beautiful.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “But Beautiful,” was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics written by Johnny Burke. It was written for Bing Crosby to sing in the 1947 movie The Road to Rio. The song has been widely recorded, including recordings by Bill Evans, Johnny Hartman, Billie Holiday, Gregory Porter, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans included “But Beautiful” on their first album, The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album. It’s a wonderful example of the terrific chemistry between these two artists.
Last year, someone from Austin, Texas posted on Twitter that he was listening to this album and referred to it as “bruised and beautiful.” I’ll never forget that description and it more than applies to this recording.
“But Beautiful,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.
It’s Saturday and that means a video. Today we have Tony and Lady Gaga singing their duet of “But Beautiful” from their 2014 album Cheek To Cheek.