The song of the day for Friday, May 3, 2019, is “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road).”
About This Song
“One For My Baby (And One More For the Road) “was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the 1943 film The Sky’s The Limit, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire. Harold Arlen called this song one of his “tapeworms” as at 48 bars, it was longer than the standard 32 bar popular song. Alec Wilder, in American Popular Song, says that “the honors must go the lyric. … Just imagine having the acuity and courage to start a song, as Mercer does, with “It’s a quarter to three”!
About This Version
Tony Bennett has recorded “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” several times, but the honor today goes to his 1992 recording for the album Perfectly Frank. Ralph Sharon did the fine arrangement.
One for My Baby (And One More for the Road), a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
“One For My Baby (And One More For the Road),” as well as Perfectly Frank, is available from iTunes.