The song of the day for Sunday, March 7, 2021, is “Stella By Starlight.”
About This Song
“Stella By Starlight” was composed by Victor Young for the film The Uninvited. Ned Washington’s lyrics 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” for his 1961 album My Heart Sings. The arrangement was written by Ralph Burns.
“Stella By Starlight,” as well as My Heart Sings, is available from Apple Music.
Suzanne – I have always loved this song, esp. the part in the instrumental interlude when all of the horns drop out and the only thing left is the guitarist – Chuck Wayne, I believe – strumming those jazzy chords. Bill Hanson, Laurel, MT.
Thanks for your comment. It is an excellent arrangement. Ralph Burns, who did the arrangement, also did a lot of big band work and it really shows in this recording, which is a favorite of mine. Thank you for reading the blog and taking the time to leave a comments.