The song of the day for Saturday, March 16, 2019, is “Fascinatin’ Rhythm.”
About This Song
Written by George and Ira Gershwin in 1924 for the Broadway musical Lady Be Good, “Fascinating Rhythm” was introduced by Cliff Edwards and Fred and Adele Astaire. The Astaires also recorded the song in 1926 with Gershwin on piano. “Fascinating Rhythm” was and still is, a jazz number. For that reason, it has never been out of favor with jazz artists, both vocal and instrumental.
About This Version
Tony Bennett, then known as Joe Bari, recorded “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” in 1949 for Leslie Records. The flip side was the Italian song “Vieni Qui.” This was his first professional recording.
Fascinatin’ Rhythm – 2011 Remaster, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” as well as Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.
We started today’s post with Tony’s first recording of “Fascinatin’ Rhythm.” We end with a video of his most recent recording, from his 2018 album with Diana Krall: Love Is Here To Stay. They are accompanied by the very fine Bill Charlap Trio.
Listen to “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” off Tony Bennett & Diana Krall’s new album ‘Love Is Here To Stay” HERE: https://Verve.lnk.to/LoveIsHereToStay Official Music Video for “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” An unprecedented union of the two greatest living jazz singers, ‘Love Is Here To Stay’ celebrates Gershwin’s 120th anniversary with a new recording of timeless American popular standards and jazz repertoire.