The song of the day for Saturday, September 5, 2015 “Old Devil Moon.”
About This Song
“Old Devil Moon” was composed by Burton Lane with lyrics by Yip Harburg for the 1947 musical Finian’s Rainbow, which also gave us “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” While Alec Wilder was no fan of “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”, in America Popular Song, he praises “Old Devil Moon” as “a well-written, wholly convincing song. It drives, and its initial intensity is sustained throughout.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett first recorded “Old Devil Moon” in 1954 for his first album, Cloud 7. Today’s recording is from his 1967 album Tony Makes It Happen! and was arranged by the great Marion Evans.
“Old Devil Moon,” as well as Tony Makes It Happen!, is available from iTunes.
We interrupt our regular programming to bring you Tony Bennett YouTube Saturday. Today’s video of “Old Devil Moon” is from the MTV Unplugged concert, broadcast in April 1994. Mr. Bennett is accompanied by Ralph Sharon, Clayton Cameron on drums and Doug Richeson on bass.