The song of the day for Thursday, August 20, 2015 is “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
About This Song
“Soon It’s Gonna Rain” is from the 1960 off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. It ran for astounding 42 years and 17,162 performances at the Sullivan Street Playhouse. The original cast featured the great Jerry Orbach, in one of his first major roles on the New York stage.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded today’s song in 1962 for his unreleased album On The Glory Road. This recording was added later to the 1971 album Love Story and was also used on re-releases of The Many Moods of Tony. This recording is so true to the song as it is used in the show; it is the big first act love song sung by the two young lovers; this arrangement captures the youth, love and naivety of the song. It’s a real joy for this writer, though I love to hear Bennett sing softly and quietly, with that special intensity he brings.
“Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” as well as On The Glory Road, is available from iTunes.