The song of the day for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 is “Crazy She Calls Me.”
About This Song
“Crazy He Calls Me” was written in 1949 with music by Carl Sigman and lyrics by Bob Russell. The song was written for and introduced by Billie Holiday the year was written. Other recordings include those by Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin.
About This Version
Naturally, Bennett changes “she” to “he.” Other than that, this recording echoes Holiday’s recording quite nicely. The arrangement features the great piano of Ralph Sharon with the subtle Calandrelli strings in the background.
“Crazy She Calls Me,” as well as Tony Bennett On Holiday, is available from iTunes.
About Billie Holiday’s Version
Billie Holiday recorded “Crazy He Calls Me” on October 19, 1949 in New York with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra. “Crazy He Calls Me” (MX W75422-A) was released on Decca 24796 with “You’re My Thrill.” The musicians for the session were Gordon Jenkins (conductor), Bernie Leighton (piano), John Fulton (clarinet, flute, tenor sax), Milt Yaner (clarinet, alto sax), Bobby Hackett (cornet), Jack Lesberg (bass), and Bunny Shawker (drums).
“Crazy He Calls Me,” as well as The Complete Commodore and Decca Masters, is available from iTunes.