The song of the day for is “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
About This Song
Harry Warren and Al Dubin wrote “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” in 1933 for the movie Moulin Rouge, where it was sung by Constance Bennett. Although numerous artists have recorded “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (including Bing Crosby 1944), this song is very strongly identified with Tony Bennett. In fact, his demo record of “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” was heard by Mitch Miller and got Bennett his first recording contract with Columbia Records.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded this song several times early in his career. As much as I love those recordings, I am quite partial to this version from Bennett’s 1989 recording for Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, released in 1990. The arrangement is by Jorge Calandrelli.
“The Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” as well as Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.