The song of the day for Thursday, December 10, 2020, is “Manhattan.”
About This Song
Written for the 1925 Garrick Gaieties, “Manhattan” is an early song by Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart. The song was introduced by Sterling Holloway. The song made its first film appearance the following year in a short entitled Makers of Melody. The song has remained popular up to today and is frequently recorded by jazz and popular singers. In addition to Bennett’s recording, “Manhattan” has been recorded by Blossom Dearie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, and Dinah Washington. It is often used in films, including Silent Movie, Mighty Aphrodite, and The English Patient.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Manhattan” for the 1976 album Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs. He was accompanied by The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, consisting of Braff on cornet, Barnes and Wayne Wright on guitar, and John Guiffrida on bass. It’s a lovely sound for these Rodgers and Hart songs.
“Manhattan,” as well as Tony Bennett Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook, is available from Apple Music.