The song of the day for Friday, March 30, 2018 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 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
After Tony Bennett finished his set with The Ralph Sharon Trio, Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello (drums) and Eugene Wright (bass) joined Bennett for some improvised numbers, my favorite of which was “That Old Black Magic.” Dave Brubeck really has a good time with this song, thankfully found and available on 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 iTunes.