The song of the day for Monday, October 7, 2019, is “The Last Time I Saw Paris.”
About This Song
“The Last Time I Saw Paris” was written in 1940 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Unlike many songs by Jerome Kern, wasn’t written specifically for a film or Broadway musical. However, it was used in the 1941 film Lady Be Good, where it was sung by Ann Sothern; the song won the Academy Award for best song that year. the song also inspired the 1954 film of the same name, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson. Significant recordings include those by Kate Smith, Bud Powell, Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, and Connie Francis.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “The Last Time I Saw Paris” for his 2015 album The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. He is accompanied by Bill Charlap, who also wrote the arrangement, and Renee Rosnes.
“The Last Time I Saw Paris,” as well as The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, is available from iTunes.