The song of the day for Thursday, October 17, 2019, is “That Old Black Magic.”
I really do try hard to not repeat songs too often as the song of the day. In fact, I strive for balance of recordings that we Tony Bennett fans know and love with lesser-known but equally terrific recordings. Today is one of those exceptions–I found myself singing “That Old Black Magic” in the shower this morning and knew I had to showcase it today. It’s just one of those songs!
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 and 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
Tony Bennett and the Dave Brubeck Trio (Brubeck on piano, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums) recorded this improvisation of “That Old Black Magic” on August 28, 1962, at a concert celebrating that year’s White House interns.
The tapes from that concert were long thought lost. They were recently discovered in the Sony/Columbia vaults, filed accidentally in the classical section, and released in 2013 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.