The song of the day for Wednesday, April 18, 2018 is “The Folks That Live On The Hill.”
About This Song
Today’s song was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1937 for movie High, Wide, and Handsome, where it was introduced by Irene Dunne. Bing Crosby recorded it that same year. Peggy Lee recorded it 1957 for her album The Man I Love; it was conducted by Frank Sinatra. Other recordings include those by Diana Krall, Jo Stafford and Nina Simone.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Folks That Live On The Hill” in 1989 for his autobiographical album Astoria: Portrait of the Artist. I am devoted to this album. It was beautifully conceived, telling the story of the young Anthony Benedetto growing up in Astoria, leaving for Europe to fight in World War II, returning home to start building a life and still calling Astoria a home. The album is touching, intimate and quiet beautiful.
“The Folks That Live On The Hill,” as well as Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, is available from iTunes.