The song of the day for Friday, November 27, 2015 is “Day Dream.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Day Dream,” was written by Billy Strayhorn, who shared composer credit with Duke Ellington, in 1941 with lyrics from 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
Tony Bennett recorded “Day Dream” in 1999 for Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, released in the centennial year of Ellington’s birth. It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli.
“Day Dream,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool, is available from iTunes.
Today, The Year of Tony Bennett begins its celebration of Billy Strayhorn, who was born 100 years ago on November 29, 1915 in Dayton, Ohio. I’d like to refer to the official Strayhorn website at www.billystrayhorn.com, where you can find a wealth of information about this wonderful composer.