The song of the day for Thursday, March 14, 2013 is In The Wee Small Hours.
About This Song
In The Wee Small Hours was written in 1955 by David Mann, with lyrics by Bob Hilliard. Appropriately, the song was written post-midnight in a songwriting session. This song served as the anchor for Frank Sinatra’s 1955 album of the same name; Sinatra’s recording is probably the best known of them all, but the song has been widely recorded by artists including Johnny Mathis, Johnny Hartman, Rosemary Clooney and Andy Williams.
About This Version
Up until today, I was most familiar with Tony Bennett’s version of In The Wee Small Hours from his 1992 tribute album to Frank Sinatra, Perfectly Frank. But I have been spending a lot of my listening time this week to Bennett’s work from the 1950s and 1960s and this version is from his 1966 album A Time For Love. With the accompaniment of the Ralph Sharon Trio, this recording is a true gem from this decade. In fact, the entire album is a true joy. If you have time, I recommend you pull it off the shelf, mix yourself a beverage, sit down and listen. Every song, and every recording, on this album is terrific.
In The Wee Small Hours, as well as the full A Time For Love album, is available from iTunes.