The song of the day for Monday, January 17, 2016 is “Make Believe.”
About This Song
“Make Believe” was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1927 score for Show Boat. It’s a really lovely song. The anti-hero, Gaylord Ravenal, sings it to the young and smitten Magnolia Hawks when they first meet in Act One. In Act Two, as the marriage has completely fallen apart, Ravenal sings it to his young daughter just before he deserts the family.
The song found its way into the American songbook and has been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford and Barbra Streisand, among others.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap recorded “Make Believe” for their 2015 album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.
“Make Believe,” as well as The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, is available from iTunes.