The song of the day for Friday, January 29, 2015 is “The Good Life.”
About This Song
Today’s song, “The Good Life,” was written in 1962 by Sacha Distel, with English lyrics by Jack Reardon. Originally titled “La Belle Vie,” “The Good Life” was featured in the movie Seven Capital Sins. Tony Bennett is the singer most widely identified with “The Good Life;” other good recordings include those by Betty Carter, Carmen McRae and Stephane Grappelli. It has been said that Distel wrote this song about Bridgette Bardot, who refused Distel’s marriage proposal.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Good Life” in 1962 for his album I Wanna Be Around. The arrangement is by Marty Manning.
“The Good Life,” as well as , is available from iTunes.
The composer of today’s song, Sacha Distel, was born eighty-two years ago today, on January 29, 1933 in Paris. His uncle was a jazz promoter in Paris and young Sacha grew up listening to and falling in love with jazz. In addition to his gifts as a composer, he was a renowned jazz guitarist and singer who recorded many fine albums. Distel died in 2004 at the age of seventy-one.