The song of the day for Tuesday, May 25, 2021, is “That Old Black Magic.”
About This Song
One of the great songs by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, “That Old Black Magic” was written in 1942 and first recorded by Glenn Miller. It was used in the 1942 movie Star Spangled Rhythm. It’s been recorded many times and used in several films, including the 1956 film Bus Stop, where it was sung by Marilyn Monroe.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “That Old Black Magic” in 1962. Today’s version is the most magical: an improv with a Dave Brubeck trio at their appearances at the invitation of President John F. Kennedy to honor the year’s young White House scholars. The tape of the concert was long thought lost, but it was found, misfiled, in the classical music section of the Columbia vaults soon after the death of Brubeck in 2012. It was released as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962.
“That Old Black Magic,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962, is available from Apple Music.