The song of the day for Sunday, September 11, 2021, is “Manhattan.”
About This Song
“Manhattan” was written in 1925 by Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart for the Garrick Gaieties, where it was introduced by Sterlin 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” in 1973 with The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, which featured Braff on cornet, Barnes and Wayne Wright on guitar, and John Guiffrida on bass. It was released in 1976 on Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rogers & Hart Songs on Bennett’s own Improv label.
“Manhattan,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings is available on Apple Music.