The song of the day for Tuesday, April 3, 2018 is “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
About This Song
“Soon It’s Gonna Rain” was written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in 1960 for the Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, which ran for astounding 42 years and 17,162 performances at the Sullivan Street Playhouse.
Jones and Schmidt, both Texans, met at the University of Texas. Schmidt, an art major, was also a pianist and accompanied Jones for auditions and musical performances. They began writing musicals and revues while still students, but took a break when Schmidt served in Army and later moved to New York to begin his career as a graphic artist. He and Jones soon began writing The Fantasticks and the rest, as they say, was history. Schmidt and Jones were both inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in July 2012
Harvey Schmidt died just a few weeks ago on February 28, 2018.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” in March, 1962 for the un-released album On The Glory Road. The very fine arrangement was done by Ralph Sharon.
I love Tony’s recording of this lovely song and I hope you do too.
“Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” as well as The Glory Road, is available from iTunes.