The song of the day for Thursday, December 10, 2015 is “Day In, Day Out.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Day In, Day Out,” was written in 1939 by Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer. It has been a favorite of vocalists since it was written. The tune itself is also rather unusual at 56 measures long. In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder notes that “the melodic line soared and moved across the page like a lovely brush stroke. And it had, remarkable for any pop song, passion.” It has been recorded by many of the finest vocalists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Margaret Whiting.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Day In, Day Out” in 1992 for his album Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.
“Day In, Day Out,” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.
After leaving Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra rose quickly to the top of pack. By May 1941, he was the top male singer in polls for both Billboard and DownBeat and was a big star to his teenage girl fans, known as bobby soxers. He opened at the Paramount Theater on December 31, 1942, in a performance that was called legendary and ran there for four weeks. When he played there again in 1944, nearly 35,000 fans weren’t able to get in and nearly caused a riot. The great songs of that period included “You’ll Never Know” and “People Will Say We’re In Love.” Classified as 4-F, Sinatra made several USO trips with Phil Silvers and was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Service.
Tomorrow … Columbia Records