The song of the day for Monday, November 16, 2015 is “Stella By Starlight.”
About This Song
“Stella by Starlight,” composed by Victor Young, was introduced in the 1944 film The Uninvited; the lyrics by Ned Washington were added in 1946. The song was recorded in 1947 by Harry James and Frank Sinatra; it has been frequently recorded ever since. It found its way as a jazz standard in the early 1950s, with recordings by Stan Getz, Bud Powell and Stan Kenton. It ranks as the 10th most important jazz title at jazzstandards.com.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Stella By Starlight” in 1961 for his album My Heart Sings. The arranger was Ralph Burns, who also arranged Bennett’s 1959 album Hometown, My Town. With Bennett and Burns together, it’s a terrific jazz vocals album.
“Stella By Starlight,” as well as My Heart Sings, is available from iTunes.