The song of the day for Wednesday, December 9, 2015 is “I’m Glad There Is You.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “I’m Glad There Is You,” was written in 1941 by Jimmy Dorsey (music) and Paul Madeira (lyrics). It was recorded that year by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra and featured Bob Eberly on vocals. The song has been widely recorded including recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Stan Getz and Peggy Lee, among many others.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “I’m Glad There Is You” in 1992 for Perfectly Frank. It was arranged by Ralph Sharon.
“I’m Glad There Is You,” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.
In 1939, Sinatra made one of his best moves: from Harry James, who let him out of his contract, to Tommy Dorsey. He sang with Tommy Dorsey until 1942. In Tommy Dorsey, he found the support and nurturing that he needed to take him to stardom. In his first appearance with Dorsey’s orchestra, Sinatra sang “Stardust” which prompted the orchestra leader to say “You could almost feel the excitement coming up out of the crowds when he sang. Remember, he was no matinée idol. He was just a skinny kid with big ears. I used to stand there so amazed I’d almost forget to take my own solos.” During his time with Dorsey, Sinatra recorded some of his memorable songs, including “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Night and Day.” “The Song is You” and “In the Blue of the Evening.” By 1942, Sinatra was ready to embark on a solo career. In doing so, he convinced Dorsey’s arranger, Alex Stordahl, to come with him, causing a lifelong rift with Tommy Dorsey.
Tomorrow: Bobby soxers!