The song of the day for Monday, March 25, 2019, is “How Do You Keep the Music Playing.”
About This Song
This song was written for the 1982 movie Best Friends, which starred Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. The song was composed by Michel Legrand and the lyrics are by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The initial recording was a duet by Patti Austin and James Ingram, which became a hit single in 1983. It was one of three songs with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman that were nominated that year for an Academy Award for Best Song (though the award went to “Up Where We Belong” from the movie An Officer and a Gentleman). The song has become a popular standard and has had many fine recordings, including those by Frank Sinatra (who encouraged Bennett to sing this song), Frankie Laine, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett, Tony Bennett and George Michael and, most recently, Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin recorded “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” in 2011 for Bennett’s album Duets II. It was arranged by Jorge Calendrelli.
How Do You Keep The Music Playing, a song by Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin on Spotify
“How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” as well as Duets II, is available from iTunes.
We’ve also got the video that Tony made with Aretha …
Music video by Tony Bennett & Aretha Franklin performing How Do You Keep The Music Playing. (C) 2012 Columbia Records, a divison of Sony Music Entertainment
Today we are remembering the great Aretha Franklin, who was born on March 25, 1942 in Detroit Michigan. Her father was a preacher and she grew up singing gospel music in the church. Miss Franklin released her first secular album in 1961 and her last album, A Brand New Me, in 2017.
Aretha Franklin died at home in Detroit on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76. Her homegoing ceremony was held on August 31, 2018 and was televised live (your author streamed it over her cell phone while at work; it was amazing). She was buried in a pair of five-inch heels, custom-made by Christian Louboutin.
Miss Franklin appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015, when Carole King was honored. Miss Franklin sang “Natural Woman,” written for Aretha by Carole King. It’s one of greatest performances I’ve ever seen.
Full segment of Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Kennedy Center Honors 2015. Chilina Kennedy, plays Carole King in Beautiful, the musical, introduces Aretha.