The song of the day for Monday, May 2, 2021, is “Some Other Time.”
Today we are honoring Betty Comden, who was born on May 17, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. She studied drama at New York University, graduating in 1938, the same year she met Adolph Green, with whom she would co-write lyrics and screenplays with Adoph Green, with whom she would work until his death in 2002. Their first major show was On The Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein. The pair also wrote the lyrics for Bells Are Ringing with Jule Styne. They also wrote the screenplay for the 1952 movie Singin’ In The Rain. Betty Comden died in 2006.
About This Song
Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green wrote “Some Other Time” for the 1944 Broadway musical On The Town, the story of three sailors on leave in New York City and their romantic adventures. This song is sung at the end by two of the couples. Inexplicably, this beautiful song was cut from the 1949 film version.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans recorded “Some Other Time” in June 1975 for their first album The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album. Today we are featuring take #7 of the song, which is included on the CD release of the album.
“Some Other Time,” as well as The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album, is available from Apple Music.
I love this song so much that I’m included a couple of other versions.
First is from Blossom Dearie from her album Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green, released in 1959.
We also have this lovely version from the 1960 studio recording of On The Town, featuring vocals by Betty Comden, Nancy Walker, Adolph Green, and Cris Alexander.