The song of the day for Saturday, January 16, 2016 is “I Won’t Dance.”
About This Song
“I Won’t Dance” was originally written in 1934 for a London musical called Three Sisters by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and Otto Harbach, though the show was flop and was quickly forgotten. The following year, a film of Roberta was made, and the song was re-purposed, this time with the new Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields lyrics.
About This Version
Today’s version of “I Won’t Dance” is from the 2015 Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. The unexpected waltz tempo for this version was determined by Tony Bennett. It’s really delightful. This song features the Bill Charlap Trio.
“I Won’t Dance,” as well as The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, is available from iTunes.
For our Saturday video, here’s a selection from the PBS Cheek To Cheek special, featuring Tony and Lady Gaga: