The song of the day for Friday, September 15, 2023, is “Day Dream.”
About This Song
“Day Dream” was credited as written by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, with lyrics by John LaTouche. Acknowledged to have been written solely by Strayhorn, “Day Dream” is a lovely song with a strong Strayhorn touch, enhanced by the thoughtful lyrics by John LaTouche. The first recording was in 1941 and featured Johnny Hodges on saxophone and Billy Strayhorn on piano. Other notable recordings include this one by Tony Bennett, Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan.
About This Version
“Day Dream,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available on Apple Music.
Here’s the 1941 recording, with Strayhorn on piano and Johnny Hodges on tenor sax from their album Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the Orchestra. It’s really lovely.