The song of the day for Sunday, November 22, 2015 is “That Old Black Magic.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “That Old Black Magic,”was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer in 1942. It was first recorded by Glenn Miller in 1942; it was also 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
Today’s version of “That Old Black Magic” is from the recently released Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962, the original tapes of which were only located soon after Brubeck’s death in 2012. Tony Bennett and The Dave Brubeck Trio were invited to perform at a summer concert honoring that year’s White House interns. The first part of the album is Dave Brubeck, followed by a set from Tony Bennett and the Ralph Sharon Trio. Finally, is a sweet improv session with Bennett and the Dave Brubeck Trio, with Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums. “That Old Black Magic” is from that improv set.
“That Old Black Magic,” as well as Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962, is available from iTunes.