The song of the day for Thursday, February 10, 2022, is “Mountain Greenery.”
About This Song
Richard Rodgers and Larry Hart wrote “Mountain Greenery” in 1926 for one of their earliest musicals, The Garrick Gaieties, where it was introduced by Sterling Holloway. It had two recordings in 1926: one by Roger Wolfe Kahn and the other by Frank Crumit. In later years, this song was recorded by Bing Crosby, Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Mountain Greenery” in 1973 with The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, featuring Braff on cornet, Barnes and Wayne Wright on guitar, and John Guiffrida on bass. Two albums with this quartet were released in 1977: Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs and Tony Bennett Sings More Great Rodgers and Hart. These were combined later on Tony Bennett Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.
I love the recordings that Bennett did with the quartet; it’s a lovely sound for these Rodgers and Hart songs and I find that I don’t miss piano and drums.
“Mountain Greenery,” as well as Tony Bennett Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook is available on Apple Music.