The song of the day for Thursday, November 26. 2015 is “Last Night When We Were Young.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “Last Night When We Were Young,” was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg in 1935. Harold Arlen considered “Last Night When We Were Young” to be one of his favorite songs. 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 didn’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 very beautiful and introspective song that is much beloved by singers.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Last Night When We Were Young” in 1992 for his tribute album to Frank Sinatra, Perfectly Frank.
“Last Night When We Were Young,” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.
For our readers in the United States, The Year of Tony Bennett wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving.