The song of the day for Friday, December 4, 2015 is “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road).”
About This Song
“One For The Road” was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer in 1943 for the 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
Today’s version of “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” is from Tony Bennett’s 1962 concert at Carnegie Hall, the album of which is, according to many including me, one of the very best live albums ever made.
“One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” as well as Tony Bennett At Carnegie Hall, is available from iTunes.
Best wishes to all Tony Bennett fans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin tonight. Hope you have fun at the concert!