The song of the day for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 is is “Speak Low.”
About This Song
“Speak Low” was written for the 1943 musical One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill with lyrics from poet Ogden Nash, where it was introduced by Mary Martin and Kenny Baker. In addition to several very fine Tony Bennett recordings, “Speak Low” has been widely recorded by jazz and popular performers, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Lena Horne.
About This Version
Today’s version of “Speak Low” is from Bennett’s appearance on MTV Unplugged on April 12, 1994. The resulting album won the coveted Grammy Award for Album of the Year and another Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance. Mr. Bennett was backed by the Ralph Sharon Trio, with Doug Richeson on bass and Clayton Cameron on drums.
“Speak Low,” as well as MTV Unplugged, is available from iTunes.