The song of the day for Wednesday, June 3, 2015 is “Sing You Sinners.”
About This Song
“Sing You Sinners” was written by W. Franke Harling (music) and Sam Coslow (lyrics) for the 1930 film Honey, starring Lillian Roth. The song was an early hit in 1950 for Tony Bennett. He sings the song regularly in concerts today.
About This Version
Tony Bennett has recorded this song several times: in 1950 and 1955 as a single; live in 1962 and 1964; and as duet with John Legend in 2006. Today I’ve chosen his 1950 version, which was recorded on July 20, 1950 at his second session with Columbia Records (the first was on April 17). It was arranged by Marty Manning and the arrangement is quite effective and swings nicely. One reason I like this recording is that it feels to me like he relaxed in the studio and just sang all out.
I am writing today from my home office … so far, only the necessities unpacked: keyboard, computer and the booklet from the The Complete Collection box set. It was a smooth move!
“Sing You Sinners,” as well as all of the songs collected on The Columbia Singles, Vol. 1, is available from iTunes.