The song of the day for Monday, March 23, 2015 is “Just Friends.”
About This Song
“Just Friends” was written in 1931, with music by John Klenner and lyrics by Sam M. Lewis. It has been a popular jazz standard , including vocal versions by Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan. The song, both the music as well as the lyrics, seem more modern than most songs written in the early 1930s and for that reason has received interesting jazz treatments and found itself quite at home with bebop stylings. It has especially popular as an instrumental, with recordings by Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz with Bill Evans, and Sonny Rawlins and Coleman Hawkins.
About This Version
“Just Friends” is the next-to-last song on the original release of our album of the month, Tony Sings For Two. As on the entire album, Ralph Sharon’s accompaniment is delightful.
“Just Friends,” as well as Tony Sings For Two, is available from iTunes.