The song of the day for Friday, January 7, 2022, 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 for the 1942 movie Star Spangled Rhythm first recorded by Glenn Miller. It’s been recorded many times and used in several films, including Bus Stop, where it was sung by Marilyn Monroe.
About This Version
In August 1962, Tony Bennett and The Dave Brubeck Quartet were invited to perform for White House interns by President John Kennedy. After each artist played their separate set, Bennett and Dave Brubeck Quartet (minus Paul Desmond), returned to the stage for an improv session, including this wonderful version of “That Old Black Magic.” The concert was taped, but the tape was lost for many years in the Columbia/Sony vaults. The tape was located (misfiled in the classical music section) and released as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962 in 2013.
“That Old Black Magic,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962 is available on Apple Music.