The song of the day for Saturday, April 4, 2015 is “The Best Is Yet To Come.”
About This Song
Written in 1959 by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, some say that “The Best is Yet to Come” was written for Tony Bennett. In any case, the song is strongly identified with him and he sings it at most of his concerts. Other recordings include those by Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald.
About This Version
Today’s version of the “The Best Is Yet To Come” is the original, which recorded on July 30, 1960 and released in early 1961 as a single. It was arranged and conducted by the composer, Cy Coleman. As an aside, a new biography of Cy Coleman called You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman by Andy Propst will be published in late April 2015 and is available for pre-order from Amazon. I think it’s going to be a wonderful book; I’ve read the first chapter and am quite impressed. Given how many of Cy Coleman’s songs that Bennett has recorded, I know it will be an excellent resource about one of the great American composers from the last half of the twentieth century.
“The Best Is Yet To Come,” as well as the other singles collected on The Columbia Singles, Vol. 6, is available from iTunes.
It’s Saturday and I’m featuring the duet of today’s song with Tony and Diana Krall. I’ve really enjoyed listening to her new album Wallflower. Her world-wide tour is on and if you have a chance, I hope you’ll go. She puts on a wonderful show. You can check out her touring schedule and listen to parts of Wallflower here. In the meantime, here is Tony and Diana and even Phil Ramone, discussing “The Best Is Yet To Come” from Duets: An American Classic in 2006.