The song of the day for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 is “Come Rain Or Come Shine.”
About This Song
Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer wrote “Come Rain Or Come Shine” in 1946 for the Broadway musical St. Louis Woman. The song itself is rather unusual, in that the same note repeated 12 times in the first two measures. In spite of that repetition, or perhaps because of it, the song works very well for the singer. Al Gioia in Jazz Standards says that “this composition tends to resist grandstanding, and instead appeals to the more introspective improviser.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Come Rain Or Come Shine” in 1960 for his album of Arlen music: Tony Bennett Sings A String Of Harold Arlen, released in 1961. It was arranged by Glenn Osser.
“Come Rain Or Come Shine,” as well as Tony Bennett Sings a String of Harold Arlen, is available from iTunes.