The song of the day for Sunday, November 12, 2023, is “Last Night When We Were Young.”
About This Song
“Last Night When We Young Last Night” was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg in 1935. In American Popular Song, Alec Wilder calls it a “most remarkable and beautiful song … (that) goes far beyond the boundaries of popular music.” Yip Harburg has said that he doesn’t know exactly where the title came from but that “the juxtaposition of those two phrases is almost a whole world of philosophy.” All in all, it’s a beautiful and introspective song that is much beloved by singers. Frank Sinatra included on his wonderful album In The Wee Small Hours. It has also been recorded by Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae, and Tony Bennett.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Last Night When We Young Last Night” in June 1992 for his tribute album to Frank Sinatra, Perfectly Frank. Ralph Sharon wrote the arrangement. The Ralph Sharon Trio backed Bennett on this album with Sharon on piano, Paul Langosch on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums.
“Last Night When We Were Young,” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available on Apple Music.