The song of the day for Monday, September 14, 2015 is “It’s So Peaceful In The Country.”
About This Song
Alec Wilder wrote “It’s So Peaceful in the Country” for the singer Mildred Bailey, who recorded it in 1941. Wilder was a great friend to singers Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. He was an admirer of jazz musicians for their ability to improvise. In addition to writing popular songs, Wilder was also a noted classical composer. His book, American Popular Song, is a masterpiece on the body of work that we call The Great American Songbook.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded It’s So Peaceful In The Country on June 27, 1957. It was originally slated for Bennett’s 1957 album The Beat of My Heart, but was not included on the original LP release. The recording was released as a 45 RPM single in 1957 (Columbia 45: 4-41341) and also on the compilation LP Blue Velvet (CL 1292), also released in 1957. This recording was included on the 1997 CD re-release of The Beat of My Heart (CK 66502).
“It’s So Peaceful In The Country” was arranged by Ralph Sharon, who also plays a lovely piano for this song. The Beat of My Heart was the first album that Ralph Sharon did with Tony Bennett.
“It’s So Peaceful In The Country,” as well as The Beat of My Heart, is available from iTunes.