The song of the day for Sunday, November 5, 2017 is “Over The Rainbow.”
About This Song
“Over the Rainbow” was written by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg for Judy Garland to sing in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The producers wanted to cut the song from the film, as they felt it slowed downed the movie. Thankfully, the preview audiences preferred the movie with the song. “Over The Rainbow” ranked as the #1 song of the 20th century per the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment of the Arts.The song has always been closely associated with Judy Garland. In a letter to Harold Arlen, Judy Garland wrote that the song “… has become part of my life. It’s so symbolic of everybody’s dreams and wishes that I’m sure that’s why some people get tears in their eyes when they hear it. I’ve sung it thousands of times and it’s still the song that’s closest to my heart.”
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this version of “Over the Rainbow” in 1995 for the album Here’s To The Ladies.
“Over the Rainbow,” as well as Here’s To The Ladies, is available from iTunes.
I’m also pleased to present this lovely and timeless video of Yip Harburg talking about and singing today’s song.