The song of the day for Tuesday, January 30, 2018 is “I’m Just a Lucky So and So.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “I’m Just a Lucky So and So,” was written in 1945 by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Mack David. A favorite song of Tony Bennett, “I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So” has also been recorded by Billy Eckstine, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.
About This Version
Tony Bennett first recorded “I’m Just a Lucky So and So” in 1957 for his album Tony; he also sang it at his legendary 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall. Our version today is from his 1999 tribute album to Duke Ellington, released in Ellington’s 100th anniversary year: Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool. Ralph Burns wrote the fine arrangement. Your author adores this album.
“I’m Just a Lucky So and So,” as well as Bennett Sings Ellington Hot & Cool, is available from iTunes.
Tony Bennett’s portrait of Duke Ellington hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian. You can read about the donation ceremony and listen to Bennett’s remarks here: